arloft Little preview of the next cast! We're going out of town for a wedding so didn't have enough time to get this guy out of the mold before we left. This resin takes a lot longer to cure up to its full hardness on this parts, so when I took this photo the part is still *very* flexible. Opened the mold enough to get this photo to share with you guys til I can pull it on Monday. The orange looks a lot darker in the mold but it's closer to the overflow sticking out the end.

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  •   8bitmike killing it. i need to take you up on your offer to check out your setup. 2d
  •   arloft @8bitmike I'll be home all next week! 1d

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arloft New cast (couple nights ago). Came out pretty good (on my feed are pics of the separated parts). Used a new resin (Sc326) and apparently the listed cure time isn't accurate for small or thin parts. Popped to mold open at 75 minutes (info sheet says 60) and the part was still soft. Closed the mold back up but one of the pegs bent, so I had to cut it off or the parts wouldn't join right. That aside, it turned out well. Had tried to color match the transparent green torso but left out the blue, so it's a bit lighter in color but it's not that noticeable.
Have another cast in the pressure pot now, same part, cast in transparent orange. Going for a full transparent Mer-Man bootleg!

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arloft New cast (couple nights ago). Came out pretty good (check my feed for a photo of these parts assembled). Used a new resin (Sc326) and apparently the listed cure time isn't accurate for small or thin parts. Popped to mold open at 75 minutes (info sheet says 60) and the part was still soft. Closed the mold back up but one of the pegs bent, so I had to cut it off or the parts wouldn't join right. That aside, it turned out well. Had tried to color match the transparent green torso but left out the blue, so it's a bit lighter in color but it's not that noticeable.
Have another cast in the pressure pot now, same part, cast in transparent orange. Going for a full transparent Mer-Man bootleg!

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arloft Another photo of the pelvis cast assembled with the most recent torso cast. The pelvis part looks great, the torso mold needs remade though. I can make it better a second time having learned a lot between that mold and this new one.
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  •   jeffhancock1 That is so awesome. I'm jealous of your ability to do this. I'd be making crazy color way customs 1w
  •   arloft @jeffhancock1 Thanks a lot, I appreciate that! It's all practice, patience, and learning from mistakes. I'll definitely be doing some cool colored customs! The next shot will be an attempt to match that aqua green torso cast I did recently. 1w

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arloft The test cast pelvis cleaned and assembled along with the last torso cast I made. Fits together perfectly. However there's not much friction on the swivel joint so I'll have to either incorporate a rubber washer or make some kind of thin silicone sleeve to put on the swivel rod. That's trivial stuff for later though. I'm more thrilled at how good this cast turned out from the latest mold!

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  •   8bitmike So impressive these aren't solid pieces. 1w
  •   arloft @8bitmike Thanks man! That's a huge compliment. It's definitely been a struggle and a journey learning how to do this. You should come over some time and check out my setup. There's also plenty of beer in the fridge :) 1w

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Normal Aaron Arlof
arloft As promised, better photos of the new pelvis parts cast. Came out super clean, almost no flashing or excess to trim except where the gates connect. Front / back of each part shown here. Check my feed for more photos of this cast.

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arloft First cast from the new mold, done in the obligatory uncolored off white (it does make seeing the details harder). Came out pretty much perfect. Have some tiny bubble divots on the tips of the connector pegs, but those are irrelevant. Feeling good about this mold, so much cleaner than the torso mold. That said, I'll use the first cast from the torso mold to remake it. Should've posted this update much earlier today but I'll add more photos tomorrow to show it in better detail.

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arloft Small update. Took out the prop parts and spacers and painted the Rebound 25 into the gaps, sealing up the box. Full cure time on this stuff is about 6 hours, so no more progress tonight. Will try to get the mold set up and poured tomorrow, but my other job (software design) has been taking up a lot of my time. Need to pay those bills somehow.

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arloft Can I just say how much I love the design of this game?! @qublar Yea, everyone loves pixel art and retro shit these days, but these all look great.
Shameless confession time. One of my longer term plans for my resin art is to create a tabletop game. I wanted to share & shoutout this account because they're doing something cool that reminds me of my own goals. I have no idea how this game plays yet but still, go check it out.
@qublar @qublar

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arloft Latest cast. Came out ok, has some minor defects. I think the mold is too jank and could be remade better. The cut lines are a hot mess and casts get random defects, plus the upper venting could be improved. Might do one or two more casts with this mold before retiring it. I learned, I laughed, I loved; time to move on.
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arloft Thanks for all the likes @jeffhancock1! He's another art guy, go check out his stuff. 3w
  •   jeffhancock1 Thanks for the shout out! I love watching your mold and cast process. I've never tried it but it fascinates me. 3w
  •   arloft @jeffhancock1 No problem man! I'm happy others are enjoying the journey as much as I am :) 3w
  •   hobowithaniphone Holy shit that's awesome 3w

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arloft Thanks to @ryzn for all the likes and follow! He posts a ton of cool retro and geek stuff, go check out his feed! 4w

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arloft New casts from last night (bottom). Seems that I didn't mix up enough resin, or it leaked a bit in between the mold halves. Other than the missing shoulder , the cast came out good. The color tint is a little off, still trying to get down matching to existing and official parts. I think I've identified the issue a lot of my previous casts have had, where the resin seeps down into the mold halves or out onto the top and doesn't flow back down into the mold once it's in the pressure pot. Have to run a few more cast tests to see if it's fixable in this mold, and if not, how to address it in the new mold (previous post). Also need to see if I can remove those printed numbers on the back side of the chest, they're very visible on the outside.
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  •   8bitmike maybe put some clay or tape over the numbers before molding? 4w
  •   arloft @8bitmike that's a good idea. I hadn't planned to do transparent casts when I made this, so didn't give it much thought. There were some raised words on the lower back I did remove. I can probably take them off, just have to be careful I don't make scratches you can see in the casts. 4w
  •   hankd37 I like the transparent cast. U could put something on the inside. That would give it that extra touch. 3w
  •   arloft @hankd37 That's a good idea, I had thought of it too, maybe gears like Roboto or something cheesy like a heart or gem. 3w
  •   circhansky nice! 3w
  •   lifeisterrible_toys Loves the color and transparency 3w
  •   arloft @lifeisterrible_toys yea it looks pretty good in person. :) 3w
  •   embeddedjunkie Great work! 2w

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arloft Not sure if I'm putting in too much old silicone or if this will be fine. Let's assume it'll be ok Tomorrow I'll paint in the pink silicone to seal the edges (Rebound 25) then pour the silicone around the part here. If the mold looks good, I'll pour a test cast.
Before building this mold box, I did a second cast of the torso, it's curing in the blue mold in the background. Hoping it comes out as nice as the first cast. 🏼 #igtoyboys
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  •   mcsteed I did that in an emergency once after I started pouring. It wasn't pretty. The served me pretty well though. 4w
  •   lifeisterrible_toys I just make sure old silicone isn't touching what I'm molding. I always leave a space and never had an issue yet. 3w
  •   arloft @lifeisterrible_toys I tried to do that with the last mold. I think I made a mistake and sprayed everything with mold release rather than just the part. I noticed several places where the new silicone didn't bond with the new stuff, which sucks. This time I'm going to spray the part alone and not the mold box. Should come out better this time. 3w
  •   qublar nice mold and air vents! i was never really good at this but at least I've managed to cast some semi-decent resin toys a few years ago as well...even built me a rotocaster... need to get back to this messy but awesome stuff one day! :)) 3w

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arloft Put the halves together and snapped the original Mer-Man arms on to it. Perfect fit!
Check my feed for other photos of this piece! …Oh man, this was such a breakthrough, I just can't even. #resin #resinart #resinempire #resincasting #motu #vintage #moldmaking #molddesign #art #artist #toymaker #Toydesign #toymaking #breakthrough #progress #fivepointfive #heman #merman #bootleg #bootlegtoy #bootlegtoys #knockoff #knockofftoys
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arloft Holy crap guys!! Pulled a near-perfect cast from my latest mold!
Had some struggles cutting open the mold (haven't done many one piece molds) but think I'll get better at it as I do more.
Did the usual syringe injection, and added drink stir straws into the two vents, seemed to help let the resin flow higher than than the top of the mold, further reducing trapped air. I tried to pull it out a bit too early (overexcited), and distorted the neck/collar on the front half of the cast but it shouldn't happen again. Turned out slightly translucent, probably need to use an opaque resin. I'll try for very transparent next time.
Oh man, this was such a breakthrough, I just can't even. #resin #resinart #resinempire #resincasting #motu #vintage #moldmaking #molddesign #art #artist #toymaker #Toydesign #toymaking #breakthrough #progress #fivepointfive #heman #merman #bootleg #bootlegtoy #bootlegtoys #knockoff #knockofftoys
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  •   r2_dca Good job man, these clamshell molds are such a b*tch 1mon
  •   arloft @r2_dca Thanks man! Yea I wasn't expecting it to be such a pain! It has to get easier, right? RIGHT? 1mon
  •   herrblykke nice style 3w
  •   embeddedjunkie Nice! 2w

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arloft I seldom work alone. Marbles is "guarding" my supply. Asleep on the job, as usual. #cats #Marbles #PrincessMarbles #murdercat #buddies #companion #bestfriends #sleepy #snooze #naps #catstagram #catsofinstagram 1mon

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arloft A shot of the mold being degassed a second time inside the pressure tank. I used some @smoothon #MoldStar 15 to make a new seal ring (light teal band at bottom left), the included one in Harbor Freight's paint pot is meh and I'm pretty sure it leaks. This rubber is a lot softer and makes a tighter seal. Should help when pressure casting too. 🏼 #molddesign #moldmaking #vacuum #degassing #silicone #smoothon #modifications #tools #levelup #silicone #process 1mon
  •   losttimelabs Hope you can crank something out with the moldstar, it arrived fine? 1mon
  •   arloft @losttimelabs Yea, it got here ok. No problems. 1mon
  •   lifeisterrible_toys The suspense is killing me 1mon
  •   arloft @lifeisterrible_toys Me too!! I'm doing part time work for two freelance clients at the moment. Had a project that is due tomorrow and deadlines last week. But I think I've got at least 1 or 2 free days now unless they want something. Tomorrow for sure I'll be pulling this mold and cutting it open. Will definitely do my best to get a cast done and post to results! 1mon

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arloft It's been way too long since my last project post. Doing a little collage photo action here. Finally mixed up the silicone and poured the mold. My high tech dry-rice-as-a-volume-estimator was off a bit, I'll need to mix up a bit more and add it to the top. You can see in the inset photo where the part is sticking out of the top of the mold. Minor fix.

So overall, the revised process went ok (we'll see for real when I crack it open). You can see in the photo where there's some masking tape on the inner side, @resinvacuumcasting suggested this as a way to find a couple cutting points on a one part mold. I mixed and degassed the silicone as normal before pouring, but this mold has lots of little pockets so I degassed the silicone a second time once it had been poured. Seemed to work ok. Used an X-Acto to pop a lot of the leftover surface bubbles. I spent almost an entire @smoothon trial size of MoldStar 30, so hoping this mold works better than my previous ones. Work's been ramping up for me so I'll do my best to make regular updates on this.
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