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Kingdom Hearts Riku's SoulEater V.1 WIP Log3 by M-Hydra Kingdom Hearts Riku's SoulEater V.1 WIP Log3 by M-Hydra
The advantage of thermoplastic has been mention before (easier to rework, hard skin makes it last for years with care, makes it convention-proof) but in this case, it grants a couple other advantages: fine details and limited malleability.

After the initial thermoplastic sculpting was done. I took 1-2 weeks to experiment with resin to make the eyes. Typically this would have also been pretty easy (use a half a sphere, paint on the flat surface, voila!) but the eye was much flatter than a half-sphere and I wanted a VERY realistic eye. After a few days, making up to 4 different eyes (each with custom molds), I ended up with a realistic ratio between the iris and the polyster resin cornea membrane. The result is pretty stunning.

During this 1-2 weeks, I also made the metal bits of the Soul Eater Keyblade… using metal sheets (with paperclay filling to keep it sturdy).

Once the eye was fully cured, grounded, sanded, and re-sealed; all the components were custom-fitted.

The next few days was spent adding further details and revising the plastic skin (which is VERY easy with the help of a heat gun).

Next up: paint jobs, pleather weavings, and the finished product.
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lelental Featured By Owner Edited Jul 17, 2014
How big is the diameter of the eye? In mm (if you don't mind)? 

NEVERMIND! Someone asked right above me XD

Excellent work btw
flamingtunapictures Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist
Would you do commissions for just the eyes?
M-Hydra Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Usually I do local commissions only (within Ontario, Canada, due to my commissions being mostly thermoplastic based) but I'd be willing to do just the eyes (yay for resin).

My question is whether you want the exact specs or a custom specs (the latter being more costly).
flamingtunapictures Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist
They would probably be custom (depends on the dimensions of the sword; btw, how big are the original?)...around how much would you estimate it would be if they were custom?
M-Hydra Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
The keyblade was scaled 1:1 to an average adult specification, so it is 40"x 7.5". The eyes are 2.1" in diameter and around 0.75" thick per side.

If you're using the existing vector translation template (don't forget to ask for permission, which can be seen as the top panel at the montage of "Kingdom Hearts Riku's SoulEater V.1 WIP Log 1" in scale 1:1, the cost should be $70 since all I need to do re-use the current master moulds, do the necessary paint job, and do the post-curing grinding-sanding-recoating. (Note: cost of commission for the entire keyblade is $500, which is still lower than what most master prop makers would charge people for the amount of work-time and materials of this size).

If you want one made to your own specs, give me the specs in detail (diameter and thickness), and I'll need to make new master mould... which would end up costing you $140-200 depending on the size of the eyes.
flamingtunapictures Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist
Hmmm...okay, thanks. That's a little out of my range right now, but maybe next time.
AxelFlurryofFlame Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Student General Artist
OK I'm going to be a noob and ask what is thermoplastic and how do you use it?
M-Hydra Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
There are quite a number of brands out there.

These come in pellet form: InstaMorph, Friendly Plastic, ShapeLock, PolyMorph, Plastimake, and Plaast.

These come sheet form: Wonderflex and Worbla.

Sounds familiar yet? The proper name for it is Polycaprolactone (PCL for short). It is biodegradable, so sealing it under non-degrading sealers (like acrylic seal sprays and/or resins) is essential to increase its longevity.

They are available through many suppliers online. I went through and uses both Instamorph and Friendly Plastic.

For more info on PCL, I'll link the wiki page on it: [link].

If you're familiar with Wonderflex or Worbla, then you'd know how it is used. If not, get yourself a heat gun and check youtube for tutorials.
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