Need some help on my first custom.
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Need some help on my first custom.

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Hey guys I just joined the community and am working on my first custom. My first question is pretty straight forward, I need to make some symbiote tendrils or the likes of for my figure but I don't know what I should use. I read a tut on using the packaging ties and rubber dip but I don't have any packaging ties given that the figures im using are ones I have owned for a while. So is there another base for the tendrils that work also? Is there a place where I can get the packaging ties? I really need to do the tendrils to balance the looks of the figure and capture the feeling Im going for. Thank you in advance for any help.

Posted by Jake
on Monday, January 31, 2011
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Jin Saotome -
Friday, February 4, 2011
Plasti-Dip can be found at Home Depot and comes in Venom black and Carnage red, heh. Some other colors too. Any sort of bendable wire can be used but it helps if it has a plastic sheathe over it for the plasti-dip to stick to. You can ask at Home Depot for some 18 gauge wire, the multi-strand kind in phone cabling they run through houses works great. It's solid copper inside and stiff.

Epoxy differs but my general use kind is the 5-minute clear or amber colored stuff. However regular Super Glue should be your main glue, falling back on epoxy for heavy-duty attachments like a large section of an arm together or something that needs a more physical hold around it than just superglue.

As for sculpting material I recommend Aves Studios 'Apoxie Sculpt'. It's amazing stuff. No need to bake it! You mix equal parts of A and B together and have about 3 hours to work with it. Apoxie sculpt is non-toxic, cleans off your hands/tools with water, hardens 100% stronger than Super Sculpy, and can be drilled/sanded/glued/painted after it's all cured. Amazing stuff. I have a few guides about it on my site, jincustom.com. Check them out and it will familiarize you with how it works. Also I have that tendril guide on there too.
pock63 -
Monday, January 31, 2011
Not if your careful. Hold the part of the figure with sculpt on it under the water for 30 seconds and do this 5 or six times till you think the sculpy will be hard. It depends on the thickness of the sculpt.
Jake -
Monday, January 31, 2011
oh dang thats pretty cheap for the rubber dip. So now if the sculpy is on the figure I just put the whole thing into a pan of boiling water? does that have any ill effects on the figure?
pock63 -
Monday, January 31, 2011
The dip costs $6-$8. For the sculpt sculpey is a good one if you don't want to spend much. Just boil it instead of cooking it.
Jake -
Monday, January 31, 2011
alright sounds good. I work at a grocery store so what Ill do is try the twisty ties first and then if that doesn't work Ill go next to just some bulk wire and if that still doesn't work (which Im sure it will) Ill contact you again for the twisty ties. Do either of you know how much Rubber Dip is? and one more thing, what would be a good epoxy for 1."gluing"things together and 2. what is a good sculpting material? I have seen people use sculpty but you have to bake it and I would rather not run the risk of frying my figure haha. Thanks for the help guys Im super excited about this hopefully Ill have a few pictures up of my progress tonight. To be honest Im not even sure what figure the base is, looks like a marvel to me, I found it outside my house on the side walk years ago missing an arm and pretty scuffed up.
Darththomas -
Monday, January 31, 2011
Any kind of wire would probably work, dunno just experiment and have fun and welcome to the realm
pock63 -
Monday, January 31, 2011
You can use other kinds of wire like twistie ties witht he paper cut off. Or I could send you some packeging ties. I have tones of them.
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