just some tips...
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just some tips...

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1. sliced glue sticks make perfect circles/disks
2. metallic + color = metallic color (paint)
3. flex rex can be used for outlines on costumes - it is really cheap too
4. americana and martha stewart paints are worth buying, especially for colors you use a lot of-- black, white, primary colors...I use americana flat black on every custom I make ( as a base/primer)
5. action figure junk yard is a great place for fodder
6. a good way to take pics (if you don't have a fancy set up) is on your stove, especialy if you have a light built into the hood.
7. dollar store toys have perfect 6" scale weapons
8. plumber's tape works well for wrapping wrists and shins, and takes paint really well.
9. invest in those little alcohol pads, you know the kind the Dr. use before he gives you a shot...Two pads will thoroughly scrub down a fig and (usually) make them paint ready, without the scrubbing with soap and water and waiting for figs to dry.
10. old x mas (glass bulbs) ornament packaging works really well for a paint tray...all the bulb slots are like little bowls to mix in!
11. the packages of sparkly confetti shapes (stars, crosses, hearts etc...) sold at craft stores, works really well for small details on figs...like say the stars on Lobo's knee pads ...

Nothing revolutionary here...just some things I have found helped out along the way...if you have any tips go ahead and post them...lets keep it going! if this already exists...my bad...
Thanks CAboose

Posted by CAb00se
on Monday, April 23, 2012
User Comments
jadomiddlecustoms -
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Seriously dude, need that Ferrari
shapp -
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Galactape, seriously man, talk to the manager and ask about the figures. If they are worried about a lawsuit just retool them you will sign something that they have zero liability. Worst case scenario
you don't get the figs but you tried.

Im down with this heist but I don't have a ferrari lol, I've got a stratus but with all of our customizing skills we can trick people into thinking its a ferrari
jadomiddlecustoms -
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Here's the plan;
We need wire cutters, TNT, and night vision goggles. Also, we have to bring therapist as He has huge biceps and can deal with any hench security guards. We bring darththomas as he can organize the celebration party (aparently he parties harder than Charlie sheen so what the hell). We need a getaway car, im thinking a Ferrari so we have to invite shapp. Good plan yes?
jadomiddlecustoms -
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
I would, but like I said, they have it blocked off.

If I lived in the us (which I will one day!), I would totally come and help you snag those figs. Are they ml?
Cosmic Fantasy Customs -
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
really great tips, this is really awesome. thanks.
Darththomas -
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
what is the process of wet sanding?

It's taking the finest grit sand paper that is produced, dipping it in water(and I spray a little water on the surface first sometimes to), and then carfully and gently sanding the surface of the paint. It even works on glossy paints just check out my batmobile to see how well it works

I agree, I use 600 grit wet and dry paper, can be used either wet or dry but it seems to gain magical powers while wet, gets rid of all the bits standard sand paper doesn't and leaves a super smooth finish.
pock63 -
Monday, May 7, 2012
what is the process of wet sanding?

It's taking the finest grit sand paper that is produced, dipping it in water(and I spray a little water on the surface first sometimes to), and then carfully and gently sanding the surface of the paint. It even works on glossy paints just check out my batmobile to see how well it works
CAb00se -
Monday, May 7, 2012
what is the process of wet sanding?
Group customs -
Monday, May 7, 2012
I would, but like I said, they have it blocked off.
Bolt cutters or TNT will fix that.
Yeah, but its's hard to do anything when you are in prison.
bobtheodd -
Monday, May 7, 2012
I would, but like I said, they have it blocked off.
Bolt cutters or TNT will fix that.
Group customs -
Monday, May 7, 2012
I would, but like I said, they have it blocked off.
pock63 -
Monday, May 7, 2012
1. Wet sanding a figure can greatly improve a paint job,
2. Coating foamy board in many watered down layers of white glue will make it much more plastic like and rigid making it perfect for sword and knife blades,
3. Hot glue can be sculpted partially bye using an ice cube to form it,
CAb00se -
Sunday, May 6, 2012
I would be doing some dumpster diving!

more tips...

12. if your super glue brush (the brushable kind) gets gunked up and dried up, dip it in some goof off for a few minutes, then rinse under hot water.
13. photoscape is free...
14. wipe from front to back...
15. usb thumb drives are good for stamping a brick pattern in foam board
16. stitch witch can be used to easily hem real cloth items (capes, coats etc...) no sewing required!
17. soaking a fig in clorox bathroom cleaner or mean green works great in removing mold release, don't have to scrub so much!
Group customs -
Sunday, May 6, 2012

You can't their dumpster in fenced in, I checked! One of these days I will ask an employee for them.
That would be the easiest, just go to the person who is dumping them and talk to him or slip him some cash, for all you know you might get yourself a regular hook up.
That would be good, but unfortunately the employees there are really strict.
bobtheodd -
Sunday, May 6, 2012
You can't their dumpster in fenced in, I checked! One of these days I will ask an employee for them.
That would be the easiest, just go to the person who is dumping them and talk to him or slip him some cash, for all you know you might get yourself a regular hook up.
Group customs -
Sunday, May 6, 2012
You can't their dumpster in fenced in, I checked! One of these days I will ask an employee for them.
bobtheodd -
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Go get them out of the trash....I would.
Group customs -
Sunday, May 6, 2012
So what are they doing with them?
Dumping them in the nearest trash can. And no, I am not joking.
bobtheodd -
Sunday, May 6, 2012
So what are they doing with them?
Group customs -
Sunday, May 6, 2012
It did before they stopped carrying ML's.
Dr.Zom -
Sunday, May 6, 2012
You should see my Salvation army, they don't put out action figures because they are worried about led content. They just get rid of em, I know they get them too, I looked in the backroom, and they have literally moving boxes and rubbermaids full of action figures. Pretty sad actually.Oh, dang, that does bite. At least your TRU makes up for it Galact!
Group customs -
Sunday, May 6, 2012
You should see my Salvation army, they don't put out action figures because they are worried about led content. They just get rid of em, I know they get them too, I looked in the backroom, and they have literally moving boxes and rubbermaids full of action figures. Pretty sad actually.
Dr.Zom -
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Oh, I meant to add to the yard sales comment (which BTW landed my son a Super Powers Batmobile once--EPIC--along with a bunch of old Batman figs)... Goodwill, Salvation Army and other consignment shops are a win too. You can find all kinds of good stuff.
Ole Jade Jaw -
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Ah! I actually have and use that. I just didn't recognize the name. That's what Skaar's bindings are made of.
Thanks
T
CAb00se -
Saturday, May 5, 2012
flex rex is like flat plastic string, kids use it to make jewelry . ever have one of those plastic braided key chains? that is flex rex... it comes in spools and it has 100 different uses in customizing and comes in dozens of colors.
Ole Jade Jaw -
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Nice compilation of info buddy. What's flex rex?
T
CAb00se -
Friday, May 4, 2012
cool man!
Dr.Zom -
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Totally agree about the DecoArt Americana paints. Tip #1 is ingenious! So obvious for such a difficult task. I use varying sizes of pen/marker caps to "stamp out" circles of sculpt for very solid stuff, but your method is *perfect* if the consistency doesn't need to be that dense--going to use it now, thanks!
Group customs -
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Don't forget about yardsales!
CAb00se -
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
agreed, but I never claimed that action figure junkyard was the best. it is a great website with cheap prices on figure fodder parts...
Stitches -
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Thanks for the tips , Fully agree with 7,8 and 11but the best place to get random fodder are car boot sales or school fairs
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