9.15.2006

Preparing for Monster Month

I've decided I have been working with too many humans...puppets I mean...I have yet to make a monster....'bout to rectify that....October is 'Monster Month' and my plan is three-fold: first, complete the Jenny 2 sculpt and have her mold-ready...second, create a series of monster sketches for future armaturing projects....third, and here's the one I'm looking forward to the most, sculpt, mold, and cast a monster puppet in foam latex....I need to do tests and get used to the materials before I get casting on the Jenny 2 puppet, so I plan to sculpt a new creature, something small, maybe 6", mold it, and cast until I've got a good one....as such, I placed an order today....something I've been wanting to do for a very long time...this week I will receive by mail one 25lb bag of ultracal30, one 1quart kit of GM foam latex from FXWarehouse in Florida, and a 1000 X 0.1g Precision Lab Table Scale, recommended by Sven on the Scarlet Letters blog...all I've got left to purchase is the mixer, which I plan to price around for this weekend....the toaster oven is ready to go....we're movin' on up.....:D

Now I gotta get back to work on "Widow".....I'm slackin' today....

9 comments:

sven said...

Hey! Glad to be useful re the lab scale!

Re the mixer... Do you have a mixer already? I had a brainstorm a while back: We have a kitchenaide mixer, but aren't willing to toxify it. BUT, what I could do is just buy a new bowl (possibly just something of similar size at Good Will), and a dedicated whisk attachment. With a garbage bag over the body of the mixer, and a piece of cardboard where the whisk attaches (to prevent splatter), I think I could make do with what we've got.

If you don't have a mixer, I was seeing the best prices at Walmart and Target.

Re the UltraCal: There's a chance you might be able to find that stuff locally, if you know where to look. The magic words are "pattern supply" and "prototyping". In Portland, there's only one supplier: Stephenson Pattern Supply. It's in the industrial district... Because besides the stopmoes, it seems that this stuff is really only being used by folks who are making prototypes for... A new wrench. Or a lug nut. It's a whole world of fabrication that I never really stopped to think about before I got to questing.

A round-about way to find UltraCal: Go to the Chavant site and look for suppliers of Chavant NSP. If you can find a store that carries Chavant NSP, then they'll know where to find UltraCal. It's just such specialized stuff... But people who do mold-making know exactly what you're talking about.

...Crap. I just looked, and the Chavant website seems to be down. Oh well. The idea is still sound.

Ubatuber said...

Nah, the only mixer we have is handheld....going to check Target tomorrow...
I did a little searching for the ultracal locally but with no luck, just decided it'd be easier to order online, though shipping is hefty....

herself said...

Safety Sistah says, mask up or else. That goes for Ultracal and foam latex. And I'm not talking about about some wussy dust mask, I mean OSHA cartridged end of world head gear. OR ELSE! And furthermore, the foam latex fumes are no joke, bro. I'd think hard and thrice before doing that in your home. OR ELSE. You think Jenny is scary, you ain't seen ME mad yet.

Ubatuber said...

Oh, no, the foamy stuff will be done just outside the back door in the yard, oven will be out there too....I promise to wear a mid-grade wussy dust mask :) its a fancy one with a built-in sort of filter, but not cartridges....my Katrina mask...its a relic...

Darkstrider said...

You're gonna need a lot of clay to make your mold walls with. If you don't already have something for that, a good place to get waterbased white clay is Monstermakers. Go to Moster Shop, then click on Mold Accessories. Tip.... keep the plastic bag very tightly closed at all times... if you let some air in it'll dry up overnight. I've actually got a box of this stuff from about two years ago that's still good.

mefull said...

Ouch the shipping cost must be more than the Ultra Cal - I have found UltraCal at building supply places, not the Home Depot type but the contractor type, Drywall, plaster, stucco places might have it.

I still need to get a mixer to dedicate to foam etc, I was hoping to find a garage sale bargain or maybe craigs list. The nice ones everyone seems to use are kind of pricey just to dedicate to foam. Foam is still a bit down the road for me but never too soon to start collecting.

herself said...

I've got a monster sketch. I'll send it to ya. I drew it when I was 10 and it's a cerebral, philosophical concept, G-rated monster.

Ubatuber said...

Shelley, that is perfect....awesome!...can't wait to see it :)

Mark, yeah, postage was a bit high but the hunt continues for a local supplier...

Mike, 25lbs seems like alot of clay, and again with the shipping....gonna try to find some of this locally too, if not then, 25lber, here I come :)

Darkstrider said...

Yeah, Monstermakers was the only place that carries it in less than 50 lbs! And somehow it just seems like the most perfectly appropriate place to buy materials for Monster Month!