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Post  Guest on Sun Oct 21, 2012 11:27 pm

As I'm pretty new to this, I'll probably be the only one asking things in this thread, but what I wanted to do was to basically have a thread where we can exchange tips, tricks, and the like.
Again, I'm the literal newbie to customizing figures, so I'll start with a question.

Does anyone have any tips on how to make an organic looking hairs, or similar, say like on an insect? I've been fooling with the stuff I use to make my customs, and I've had limited success. I'm going for rather thin hairs, so the material flops over unable to support itself. Tempted to use RTV silicone that I use on gaskets, but I don't know how that will react to the plastic these things are made of. Please let me know if you have any ideas!

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Post  Guest on Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:00 pm

hmmm spiney spindly insect hairs. That is a hard one. If it was me, I would use something like the bristles from a tooth brush. Put some aves on the surface and push the brush into the sculpt. Let that cure. While that cures cut the bristles from another brush. When it is all hardened glue the cut bristles into the pores you made.

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Post  Guest on Mon Oct 22, 2012 10:05 pm

Actually, that sounds perfect for the look I'm going for! Alright, time to go to the 99 cent store!

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Post  Guest on Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:35 am

glad I could help. Now I am tempted to try that out on brick.

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Post  Guest on Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:45 am

I started putting my tips into a blog. It isn't much but I figure if I'm going to write a tutorial it might as well be put in one spot.

http://engineerio.blogspot.com/

Let me know what yall think.

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Post  DeadRock on Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:56 pm

Very awesome blog, very helpful and well done.

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Post  Guest on Sat Nov 10, 2012 5:36 pm

That EVA Helmet is SWEEET! Can't believe I never saw it around! Thanks for sharing, E!

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Post  Guest on Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:23 pm

Just moved this from the general forum to here. Hope no one minds!

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Post  Guest on Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:39 pm

BraveFish, you could also try fishing line aka as monofilament. It comes in many different line tests (typically measured in pounds - lbs), thus a great variety of thicknesses. Should be very durable, you would need to cut the ends at a sharp angle if you want an insect spiney look and of course paint it. (Most fishing line is transparent, but not all). You could mix different lb tests to get a variety of thicknesses. I would paint a length of the monofilament the desired color and cut to desired length of the spines. The brush bristles probably is an easier way to go if you don't have fishing line in the thickness you need.

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Post  Guest on Fri Nov 30, 2012 11:30 pm

Thanks! I used the brush bristles idea on Quelaag for the haloween contest with pretty good results, but there are some other creatures I have planned that might need a finer touch, and this sounds really promising!

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Post  Guest on Sat Dec 01, 2012 12:10 am

Have you considered jewelry wire? Very thin but durable. if you remember (or go look at) my Valeria, the necklace she's wearing is actually made from it.

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Post  Guest on Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:36 am

I'll have to look into that. I've also needed some very small chains in one of my customs, Not sure how to go about doing that. I've searched through Hobby Lobby and Micheal's to see if they had something like that, but nada... Any ideas?

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Post  Guest on Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:46 pm

Should be no problem finding something that will work. Most fine jewelry chain is small enough to work with MB scale. Have you tried the beading/jewelry section? There should be a subsection with bagged and carded chain in various sizes. Your other cheap option is buying an inexpensive necklace at someplace like Clair's or Icing.


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Post  Guest on Sat Dec 01, 2012 2:42 pm

Buying something from one of those places ( clair's or Icing ) is probably what I'll have to end up doing. At Hobby Lobby and Micheal's, their chains are too big for what I want, but it'll probably still look nicer than what I've done before with the Mega Bloks chains Razz
Just want it to look in scale, and haven't found anything quite that small yet.

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Post  Guest on Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:21 pm

What size are you looking for (in mm)?

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Post  Guest on Sat Dec 01, 2012 4:27 pm

Not exactly sure. I've seen one of Engineerio's customs with a very small sized chain, but I'm actually looking for even smaller than that. Probably less than .5mm if t's possible. I'll be out later today, I'll check those super girly stores my sister likes to visit.

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Post  Guest on Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:45 am

I picked up chain links at Walmart in the craft section real cheap. It was very small links. I used it for the chain in some 1/18 scale handcuffs. I say would say it is a great size for scale chains on a MB figure like Ghost Rider.

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Post  Guest on Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:49 am

A quick tip: Wash any blocks or figures with mild dish detergent and rinse good. Then dry them thoroughly before painting. The plastic pieces may have a mold releasing agent on them that may prevent the paint from adhering properly. This is a tip I learned from paint model cars. Good Luck!

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Post  Guest on Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:49 am

DesertCat wrote:I picked up chain links at Walmart in the craft section real cheap. It was very small links. I used it for the chain in some 1/18 scale handcuffs. I say would say it is a great size for scale chains on a MB figure like Ghost Rider.


I'll check there, I've only ever been down their paint crafting aisle to be honest, most of what else they have there is of no interest to me.

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Post  Guest on Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:45 pm

Found some chain a JoAnn's, really nice stuff. 100 inches of it for 2.00 as well, so that appealed to the niggardly side of me. Wal Mart did have some similar at a higher price, and less of it at only 70 inches. What I ended up getting is

100x2.54mm METAL CHAIN BLK NIC which I assume means black nickel? Doesn't mean anything to me except I found a size I like.

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Post  Guest on Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:22 pm

Glad you found some, Bravefish! I picked up 3 different sizes on clearance at Walmart the other night. Always good to have some handy.

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Post  Guest on Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:26 pm

Oh yeah, this chain is perfect. Should have some pics up with an example. Perfect size, 2.54 mm lol.

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Post  Guest on Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:51 pm

When you said .5 mm earlier, I figured you were never going to find any, but, yeah, 2.5 is great. looked at some last night just in case I need any.

BF - I hope we aren't going to hear about you getting caught with a Barbie figure chained to your dollhouse radiator...

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Post  Guest on Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:05 pm

I used to have a ton of chain lying around from Joe customs. I wonder what happenned to it all. Good grab on the bulk amount.

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Post  Guest on Tue May 21, 2013 4:42 pm

I just want to share this:

Mega Bloks parts can easily be sliced by an X-Acto Knife, even the cheap disposable ones that comes in a blue box. Even the non-soft parts like arms and legs can be sliced through, but a good technique would be to not saw into the plastic but instead rest the blade on where you want to cut it and steadily apply very light pressure until the blade cuts into the plastic. Don't force the blade in, just gently keep applying light pressure, so in case the blade glances off the plastic (or cuts straight through), it won't cut the hand holding the figure. X-Acto knife cuts hurt Sad I learned this the hard way... multiple times...

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