paintbrush or toothpick
(Elmer's) glue makes excellent molds for resin casts. it captures
the smallest details perfectly and will easily peal off of
vinyl, styrene, and factory painted surfaces. If you need
to mold a larger area (an entire torso) or need multiple casts
(50 Stormtrooper helmet for that army you're building) use
latex molds. Glue is perfect for making new imperial rank
badges, pilot chest boxes, and helmets.
object in a thin layer of glue. If the glue runs excessively
you probably have too thick of a coating in that section.
as many additional coats of glue as necessary to make a sturdy
mold. Let dry. The number of coats depends on the object.
Three coats should be enough for a rank badge while a Stormtrooper
helmet would take at least seven coats.
sure the mold is totally dry. The glue should be translucent.
If you see white, your mold isn't entirely cured. Firmly grip
the dried glue for several minutes. The body heat will make
the dried glue pliable instead of brittle.
the mold from the object. Glue is somewhat resilient, but
try to avoid stretching it more than necessary. For large
objects like helmets try to "work " the mold loose
from the edges. if the glue is to brittle and breaks simply
recover the exposed area of your object with glue then push
the broken piece back into place.
a very small amount of epoxy. Coat a layer into mold with
a brush or toothpick. Make sure to entirely cover the mold,
forcing out air bubbles when they occur.
you are making a solid object (chest box) fill the rest of
the mod with epoxy and let cure. If you are making a hollow
object (helmet) let the first coat cure then add coats. If
you are using a quick-set epoxy you can rotate the mold to
prevent pooling. This gives you a helmet with little or no
routing required. Place a few extra coats at the edges for
the finished cast in a cup of water. The glue mold will dissolve
completely, leaving you with your new cast.