Dog Bust

Discussion in 'My Shapeways Order Arrived' started by matb63, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. matb63
    matb63 New Member
    Hi guys, Ive been getting things printed from shape ways for a while, but this one is probably my best achievement yet.
    Every now and again, we have to look after my Brother-in-Laws dog. And one time i decided to make a 3d model bust of him. This is how that turned out.


    Recently I decided to get the little guy printed, so here is that.


    What I did next was fill him with a mixture of plaster and air dry clay. To give it a more realistic weight. As i printed it hollow to save money there.
    I then primed it and copper leafed it.


    I was pretty happy with that, but I wanted it to look more like a 500 year old roman bust on display in the vatican or something. So I used a chemical which ages the copper, and I ended up with this. Which I'm pretty happy about.


    So I've managed to get hold of a base for it which should be delivered in the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled to see him mounted in all his glory.

    Hope your excited as I was with the project.

  2. MichaelMueller
    MichaelMueller Well-Known Member
    Hi Matt,

    wow, this looks great and the patina is awesome!
    How did you "copper leafed" it and what chemicals did you use? Can you tell a few more details?

  3. matb63
    matb63 New Member
    Hey Michael, the copper leaf was a little tedious. It's basically super thin sheets of real copper, which you apply with a soft brush after laying down a light coat of adhesive tot he surface. All the nooks and carnies made it a little bit of a challenge, specially since it was my first time trying to leaf something.

    The chemical I then used is "Sophisticated finishes, Patina Green Antiquing Solution" its basically Ammonium Chloride and Copper Sulphate, which ages the copper. That I just painted over the finished copper leaf and let it work its magic.

    Hope that help,
  4. MichaelMueller
    MichaelMueller Well-Known Member
    Hi Matt, thanks for the details. This is really cool way to pimp plastic prints!
    You also did a great job by modelling the dog!
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2012
  5. LincolnK
    LincolnK New Member
    Wow! Great job!

  6. CactusBones
    CactusBones New Member
    Love this! I have been thinking about coating some of my plastic prints with stainless steel paint. I will try to remember to share here if I do.
  7. MichaelMueller
    MichaelMueller Well-Known Member
  8. lensman
    lensman Well-Known Member
    Excellent work. Modelled in ZBrush? Love the patina on the model.