Thursday, 29 June 2017
Wednesday, 28 June 2017
Having a need for figures that will stand inside buildings that look out through windows I decided to make some using a period piece 48 year old figure from way back in the day as a pattern.
This is one method I use to make tiny tot silicone moulds using soapy warm water.
It being rather on the tiny size,i only needed a tiny bowl containing water first, then the washing up soap added.
No need for masses of bubbles unless you like them. I simple stir the water around a few times. So the hands,in this case hand is soapy wet. The soap is very important because it forms a barrier between my skin and the silicone rubber.
Squeezed into the soapy water,is just enough for my needs.
A few second and a ball is formed and with my hand as wet and soapy coated as the silicone is. It was time to fill my little moulding box containing the tiny figure.
This is the second half of a two part mould.
The first part being made by the same method. After curing it was coated with a parting agent ( Cooking Oil ) which was thinly applied by brush over the entire thing including the pattern in this case a classic figure from the Asterix Bubble Gum Range of the 1970`s. So very rare to obtain at a reasonable price these days.
It was simply thumbed and fingered into the mould and pressed lightly. As this took place the air escaped.
Using Lego bricks, a pattern,soapy water, and cheap silicone, it was and is as simple to do and use as this.
The first part of the moulding process included making an odd side out of Plaster of Paris in a Lego box,into which the pattern was inserted up to its halfway point. This odd side included small guidance holes being cut into it after the plaster was hard. After building up the Lego box further, both the plaster and pattern were coated in oil. Then the first soapy wet silicone was pressed into place filling the Lego box. Once cured the odd side was removed leaving the bottom half of the mould formed perfectly with pattern imbedded in the rubber . After Lego bricks were built up in two courses, what you have seen took place.
Simply made today I wonder what the copy of the tiny figure will look like when cast up.
I only need props for a photo shoot so Plaster of Paris will serve my needs.
And so it was that the little rubber mould costing under a Pound,was opened
It was a pleasing tidy clean halfway parting result.
She stands 32 mm in ht.
It will be poured through that tiny hole.
A Little Later
Although not a nice experience being rubber coated and Lego boxed in soapy tight she forgave me when she saw her new relations that had come to stay and play.
I cast two and then another.
There are times when I just love this hobby.
Thanks for looking guys.BB
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
I read the entire book in one day.
Although not my war it invoked memories that are always there. BB
A grunts war told in parts as it was for him and them. By a Commander who saw a need and filled that gap with a wide eyed open respect for most of his men he served with.Who realised all their daily up-hill battles way before the reality of combat began. If all could survive Captain Sobel, including himself and all his fellow Officers then they could endure the worst of what was to come unexpectedly harsh their way. Such hate for Sobel, oddly helped bound this band of brothers together, for against his insane orders they helped each other when there was such a great need.It came at a price,and all suffered because of it. One and all to a man.
As they and thousands like them took that first step out into the unknown on D. Day into that dark abyss of sky, few questioned the why of it all? They were ready to fight for their country, themselves and each other, and for the Freedoms the many of us have today. What a bitter price many would pay for the liberty of others alive then under such a tyranny!______ And above all for those of us that were bound to come in the future.I also of course include Germany and its people of today in that statement.
I was born in February on the second day of that post war period of 1949. My Brother Ronald came into being in 1945,just before that war ended. My Mother Grace Liddy,being of Gypsy stock would have never survived such a Nazi system if it had landed upon the shores of Great Britain.
Therefore i along with my Brother Ron would have never existed. A sobering thought. BB