How2Do : Casting Heads

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How2Do : Casting Heads

Postby CaptainJimiPie » Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:10 pm

I found myself in need of some Ainley heads for future customs so taking a leaf from KM’s post (as well as some advice) I had a go at casting my own.

For the full start to finish/step by step process you can see my video on it here :
https://youtu.be/FBQNUfb1M6Q

For this I used a polycraft silicone and fibreglass resin mini kit from Amazon
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To start I used hot glue to fix the Ainley head into a disposable (plastic) shot glass, then when thar was dry mix up the silicone and pour into the shot glass.
After leaving it for atleast 8 hours (overnight in my case) I broke the shot glass open and making a small cut either side of the mould base, prised the original Ainley Head out
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The next step was mixing up the resin and pouring that into the mould, this time leaving it for 24-26 hours to set, and again afterward carefully prising the new casting from the mould
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Not perfect for the first attempt, a few bubbles and gap here and there but with a bit of Milliput I can fill in any gaps

Lastly here is the original, one of my castings and one painted up, again with the painted one not perfect for my first proper attempt at painting a head but I’m happy with it
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Re: How2Do : Casting Ainley Master Heads

Postby EmeraldThorn » Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:32 pm

The cast just shows how strong the likeness is, good work.

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Re: How2Do : Casting Ainley Master Heads

Postby CaptainJimiPie » Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:40 pm

EmeraldThorn wrote:The cast just shows how strong the likeness is, good work.


That is half the issue with CO's figures, when you look at the sculpts before they are painted they really are a fantastic likeness for the actors, but the paint application ends up hiding half of that, especially when it's done badly

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Casting Heads - First Doctor Unearthly Child

Postby CaptainJimiPie » Fri Sep 14, 2018 4:29 pm

Had a go at casting another hard to get hold of head
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There’s a few little air bubble holes under the hair and the back but I can fill those in with miliput! Other than that it came out great!

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Re: How2Do : Casting Ainley Master Heads

Postby Doctor What » Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:50 pm

This moulding stuff seems to work very well, I was considering getting some and casting the doors of a flight control TARDIS for use in a console room, do you think this would be feasible? Just the individual doors by the way, not the entire front of the box.
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Re: How2Do : Casting Heads

Postby CaptainJimiPie » Wed Sep 26, 2018 1:51 am

Doctor What wrote:This moulding stuff seems to work very well, I was considering getting some and casting the doors of a flight control TARDIS for use in a console room, do you think this would be feasible? Just the individual doors by the way, not the entire front of the box.


It could certainly be done I'd say, if you attached a couple of small pegs/rods to the back of the doors (the side that won't be seen) and then glue the other ends into a plastic tupperware or carton, so that the door is held off the bottom of the carton, then just fill it with silicone to get the mould.

Obviously if you wanted individual parts like clear windows you'd have to cast them in a clear/frosted resin separately but with the right preparation you could do it but I'd recommend getting some practice on smaller parts first

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Re: How2Do : Casting Heads

Postby Racks42 » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:19 pm

Just thought a great way to make 5.5” (ish) 2013+ cyberman

You could resin cast the head and main chest plate from one of those little “kit” from running press
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Re: How2Do : Casting Heads

Postby Deborah J » Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:03 pm

Racks42 wrote:Just thought a great way to make 5.5” (ish) 2013+ cyberman

You could resin cast the head and main chest plate from one of those little “kit” from running press

The head you could get from the handles that came with the Time of the Doctor Matt Smith figure
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Re: How2Do : Casting Heads

Postby CaptainJimiPie » Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:42 pm

Deborah J wrote:
Racks42 wrote:Just thought a great way to make 5.5” (ish) 2013+ cyberman

You could resin cast the head and main chest plate from one of those little “kit” from running press

The head you could get from the handles that came with the Time of the Doctor Matt Smith figure


I did consider investing one of those kits for such a purposes but I was unsure if they were in scale with the 5" range. As for Handles I did consider that too however as he is damaged you'd have to repair the excess holes and cracks in the original accessory first or repair them AFTER casting

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Re: How2Do : Casting Heads

Postby Deborah J » Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:10 pm

CaptainJimiPie wrote:
Deborah J wrote:
Racks42 wrote:Just thought a great way to make 5.5” (ish) 2013+ cyberman

You could resin cast the head and main chest plate from one of those little “kit” from running press

The head you could get from the handles that came with the Time of the Doctor Matt Smith figure


I did consider investing one of those kits for such a purposes but I was unsure if they were in scale with the 5" range. As for Handles I did consider that too however as he is damaged you'd have to repair the excess holes and cracks in the original accessory first or repair them AFTER casting

Could you perhaps make a mould, cast a copy, repair that, then make another mould from that one? I think that's what I'd do, but then I have no experience in that sort of thing at all.
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