Casting and Fabrication
This is pretty much a catch-all for my various small personal projects after school/while planning to move/before work. I could go into detail about how I did all of this, or I could just let Harrison Krix of Volpin Props explain it. (Especially seeing as how I used the Volpin Props tutorials to learn how to do this in the first place.) So, if any of this looks remotely interesting to you, head on over to Instructables to take a look at a really exceptional how-to.
This was a completely and totally new thing for me... I'd never done any sculpting, never built up a form like this, never used Apoxie Sculpt, so this was a great way to learn about a lot of different materials and processes.
Initial proof-of-concept pour.
Before sculpting in connector feathers.
Playing with bronze powder. Another thing I've learned: Aluminum powder is substantially cheaper, and personally I like working with it better. You can get the metal sheen with aluminum powder, then paint it bronze after the fact.
I had leftover material, so I thought I'd practice up on casting on some items I had lying about.
Sculpey actually works pretty well for this phase of things... I had been worried after reading the how-to, but gave it a go with some old Sculpey I had, and it worked just fine, didn't have any weird interactions with anything.
Regular Onyx resin on left, resin with aluminum powder (before polishing) on right.