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 Topic: Hunting Cat
Re: Hunting Cat [message #101628 is a reply to message #101588 ] Thu, 23 October 2014 04:15 UTC
avatar ShelM  is currently offline ShelM
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Outstanding!! Intriguingly lifelike and delicate, nicely executed - congratulations

Shel M
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 Topic: color plastic pen blanks
Re: color plastic pen blanks [message #101631 is a reply to message #100951 ] Thu, 23 October 2014 05:43 UTC
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I found time to polish the first two blanks on a lathe. I used 400 and 800 grit sandpaper, polishing pads, and a final liquid buffing compound applied with a paper towel for maximum shine.

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The bottom tube got a very light sanding treatment just to get a nice smooth and glossy finish. It truly feels like glass or polished acrylic. However there are striation marks that follow the print lines. They seem to be color defects where some uncolored powder got attached to the colored material. If I can find a high power inspection microscope it would be easier to see what's going on there. (Adds that to Christmas wish list...)

I gave the top tube extra extra sanding which helped to remove most of the lines but the colored plastic layer is so thin that the color itself started to be removed. The polishing results are ok for novelty pens but not so good for higher end stuff. Maybe if the tubes had been fabricated standing up instead of laying down the defect lines would at least be more consistent around the tubes, but we can't specify orientation so so much for that idea.

I still have the other 4 tubes so I'll see what I can do with those. Clear coating them might be the best thing or maybe wiping them down with a solvent. Not really sure at the moment. Another option might be using a diffusing coating to "hide" defects. So far close but no cigar.

 Topic: Micro RC Truck (Video)
Re: Micro RC Truck (Video) [message #101646 is a reply to message #101378 ] Thu, 23 October 2014 14:32 UTC
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A-MA-ZING
 Topic: Elven Heart Pendant
Re: Elven Heart Pendant [message #101636 is a reply to message #101584 ] Thu, 23 October 2014 06:51 UTC
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I'm glad you like it. I actually figured many people might want a cheaper alternative so this is also printable in plastic (white and black) since I've done that myself a couple of times. Actually a drybrush coat of metallic paint over a black undercoat looks very nice on small details like this.
Re: Elven Heart Pendant [message #101648 is a reply to message #101636 ] Thu, 23 October 2014 15:26 UTC
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mkermol wrote on Thu, 23 October 2014 06:51

@ProjectMobius

I'm glad you like it. I actually figured many people might want a cheaper alternative so this is also printable in plastic (white and black) since I've done that myself a couple of times. Actually a drybrush coat of metallic paint over a black undercoat looks very nice on small details like this.


Yes and spray a couple of layers of paint to add some weight to it as well :) I would do a black/white udercoat/primer, then metallic silver, then gold.


Porfolio: http://www.project-mobius.com
 Topic: Super Fan Badge
Re: Super Fan Badge [message #101645 is a reply to message #101600 ] Thu, 23 October 2014 13:57 UTC
avatar Youknowwho4eva  is currently offline Youknowwho4eva
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Thanks!

The paint was... fun. But now that I know the best method, it'll be a lot easier in the future.

I was going for an official look. Have a couple other designs, Thinking badges for teams using the city's police badge style, but don't want anyone to get in trouble for it ;-)


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Re: Super Fan Badge [message #101665 is a reply to message #101645 ] Thu, 23 October 2014 20:46 UTC
avatar ShelM  is currently offline ShelM
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Do you have any hints/kinks on your painting technique?

Shel M
NH, USA

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