Tutorial: Moldmaking + use for absolute beginners, Part I
Since everyone is probably getting tired of my chaotic progress pictures and might not actually understand what the hell I’m even doing, I’ll put them into a “linear timeline” and try to explain a bit. I will keep this very general, so it might be helpful for everyones’ projects and in somewhat bigger steps because I see no need to explain every step you can find in the instructions of the materials you use!
Step 1 - The base
If you want to make an armor, it is most likely designed to fit a piece of your body
I know, I’m a genius for telling you this. I figured this sentence out all alone and my mom cried because she was so proud of me. And since time to the convention is short and you are bad at sitting still for ages, you should probably come up with something clever. Something you could built your model onto that is not your body.
One way to create a base to model something onto is therefore to use plaster and make something like this:
Okay okay, that is not the prettiest plastermold you’ve ever seen but it has vaguely the shape of my arm.
This one looks better.
But there might also be some shapes that are not based on your body- wellll shit!
In this case, you can make the base out of other materials- for example cut styrofoam and put something over it to prevent it getting into the plastilin!
Step 2 - The Model
To make a model, you can use pretty much everything but for my current project, I prefer working with a modeling clay called Plastilin.
I normally start by smoothing out some of the Plastilin over the plaster. To get a really smooth surface, I pour some benzine onto a tissue or piece of cotton and carefully rub it over the plastilin.. (Make sure to wear gloves, have the window opened and not light a cigarette while you do this).
After this, I add details, by cutting out pieces (with linocutters, a pocketknife, an x-acto knife, a scalpel… etc), make holes and lines with a clay modeling set and always take care to keep the whole thing smooth.
You can also add details through the use of other materials, such as pearls and craft foam! Just make sure to seal the craft foam, for example with podge or clear varnish.