Friday, June 3, 2016

Project Scrab, Part II

Now to put some teeth in this creature. Teeth were formed in the usual way from polymer clay and then oven baked.

Here you can see some of the teeth in place as well as the tongue. The tongue was carved separately then glued it into place.

(Scrab tongues are not just a pointy weapon, they are also a delicacy.)

Here's the head and upper jaw in almost-finished form. This is still raw EPS foam at this point and you can still discern the separate foam sheets. The ridges were formed from paper clay.

The two head parts.

After some detailing of the mouth interior, the head parts were re-joined.

What Odd has joined together let no man put asunder.

This is the real purpose of this whole project: to test the use of Styrospray 1000 on EPS foam. Styrospray is a two-part quick-setting plastic that cures in the presence of moisture. This stuff is pricey but very cool. I just had to try it. It sets, in 30 minutes, into a hard shell which can be sanded, drilled, cut and painted. Several coats have been applied by brush at this point.

(It would be interesting to actually spray this stuff instead of brushing it on - but that's a project for another day.)

The mouth and tongue were coated and allowed to set, then painted. After attaching the jaw (with Styrospray) the mouth was masked off.

A wall-mounted trophy needs a plaque. After designing and cutting out the shape, I gave it a nice stain and sealed it with polyurethane.

This project has been a ton of work, but I think the results will be worth it.

Next: Painting!

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