For a long time I have thought that I would betray my innovation and my own terrain making “style” if I would chose to join and follow the hundreds of people who preach about the bliss of Bruce Hirst molds. It somehow goes against my principles not to construct something with my own hands but to just pour some plaster in to some plastic tile and ABRACADABRA, you have detailed terrain masterpiece in your hands. Well, principles are meant to be broken. I bow to you Bruce Hirst and at the same time curse your name because you make such versatile and fantastic molds!
It should be noted that I bought this mold for my own use, they were not given to me for review purposes. But if somebody out there wants to send me another mold for review purpose, god yes, do it! =)
I’m detailing my houses at the moment and I needed some barrels. I planned to make those myself but then it hit me. I’m going to build a harbor gaming board and there will be tons of barrels over there. I really can´t make all of them by myself so I turned my gaze to the wonders of internet.
There are dozens of shops which sell barrels but the amount that I’m going to need would soon swallow my wallet. This was the main reason why I decided to order mold number 85, cavern accessory mold.
I have never cast anything but because it’s quite common around the globe, I thought it would be general knowledge to try it at least once. I also ordered some dental plaster because it says in the hirst arts homepage that that’s the stuff you need. I have to say that my wife has seen a lot of strange stuff that I have ordered but when this package arrived, it was amazing that she didn’t call the cops (I guess true love doesn’t conquer everything):
After I printed the casting instructions from the same page I headed to my terrain making lair to do some magic!
Before using the molds remember to wash them thoroughly because those are covered with talc. I didn’t know this so I had to return from my lair to do some washing stuff before magic stuff.
1. OK, so water to one cup and plaster to another
2. Slowly mix some plaster to the water until it won´t sink any more. Mix carefully.
3. Use the spoon to fill the mold. Don´t be too hasty otherwise there will be bubbles. And beware of the bubbles, those are truly terrible! As you can see from the next picture, you should overfill the mold little bit.
4. Now I realized that I had made way too much plaster stuff and because I’m Scrooge it was time to panic, what to do? Fortunately I remembered that I had ordered some time ago a rockmold from Woodland Scenics so I dashed madly to search it. I filled that mold also.
5. Time for some controlled violence! Pound the table with your fist, leg, chair or some household item to remove the bubbles from the mold.
6. Wait about 6 minutes. When the plaster is as thick as toothpaste but a paper cloth over the mold so that it sucks the excess water. Then use some tool to wipe the excess plaster off and smooth the surface. I used metal spatula.
Here is the rock mold after the swipe:
7. Sit and wait impatiently…..
To Be Continue…