One of the things I like to do is to create miniatures and modeling. I already used various kinds of materials, including durepoxi. I like to use this material when I make a single piece, and that requires more rigidity in their parties.
To make a miniature in durepoxi, we need to make a skeleton of wire, which will help sustain the piece. Using a piece of wire and pliers, we make the first form of the piece. If we want to make a human figure, we start positioning the head, body, arms and legs, placing the skeleton in the position we want, without forgetting to leave a piece of wire to the basis. In this structure, a coiled wire thinner, for the durepoxi not slip. It is also useful to leave a piece of wire just to hold while working without touching the stuff still soft. Once everything is ready, the piece of wire can be cut.
The tools are also important. Tools to build and put mass, knives etc. We can start buying basic tools and then making our own tools as we need. The truth is that in time we are creating a piece everything can become a tool!
With the skeleton ready, start applying the durepoxi in layers. At each layer, wait to drying to add the next. The biggest secret to work with durepoxi is to mix hand cream in the mass of durepoxi. Buy a pot of cream for hands in the pharmacy or supermarket, and mix a little cream in the mass while modeling. In addition to delaying the drying, the mass is more malleable and easy to work. With the help of the cream, do the final details. If during the execution of work we don’t like some detail, we can sand the piece and then redo the part that we didn’t like before. It is important to look all angles of the piece to search for defects.
I tend to use synthetic enamel paint to paint the miniatures, but I already used ceramics and common craft paint to paint.. It takes long to dry, but we must have patience and wait until to get all details done. I think that the piece has a certain charm with no ink that is lost when we start painting. So I don’t paint some miniatures, which was the case of the “Krav Magá Fighters” miniature, which I decided to not paint.
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