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Nikolai (Part 4) – Silicone Feet / Shoes with Tie-Downs

Continues from Part 3.
Next step: feet
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Nikolai’s feet (as well as hands) are a little larger than 1:6 scale, because he is a troll.
In order to have the tie down threaded holes in the right places I had to add one more joint to each foot.
Here is the hardware: foot pads, M3 threaded rods, M3 threaded balls, compression plates, hex screws, brass connectors, 5/32″ square brass tubes

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To test them, I made a small tie-down stage.
wood square cutout, M3 screws, nylon standoff connectors.

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Ports for heel tie-downs are made out of M3 T-Nuts

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wing nuts and tie-dowsn

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Instamorph Moldable ThermoPlastic (more information how to use it can be found here (towards the bottom).

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Starting the clay prototype for the mold.

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clay roller and blade to make thin layers of clay to gradually build to the needed shape.

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sculpey smoothing oil and cat tongue clay smoothing brush

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Baked.

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Next – making the mold. I am going to make a 3-part hard mold, as an experiment.
Chavant sulphur-free plasteline.

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Lego pieces for molding box

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clay roller and blade to make the plastiline mold bed.

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Hydrocal white gypsum cement plaster
First part of the mold

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First part of the mold

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Ease Release and disposable brush
Second part of the mold

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Third part of the mold.

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The mold is ready.

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Covered with sewing thread, to make silicone stick.  The thread was barely sufficient, I wish I did it the other way – glue the stretch foam with Fabritac on the armature, like I did on silicone hands. With the thread I can feel the armature move a little bit inside the silicone, stretch foam prevents that completely, because it soaks the silicone and makes it stick to the armature. Will remember next time.

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Platsil gel 10 silicone rubber with a bit of blue acrylic paint.

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After the blue silicone details are cured, mix Platsil gel 10 with a bit of white acrylic paint. Paint a thin layer first, bubble-free skin.

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Assembled 2 parts of the mold, tied with rubber bands, filled the cavities with a fresh batch of white-tinted silicone, closed the mold with the 3rd part.

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Cured and demolded.
A lot of my tiny sculpted details on the shoes did not work out, but overall it worked.

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1mm chinese satin cord for laces

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white tubular gauze for socks

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Tucked in with this Hair Tool and sewn in with white thread.

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Dust with pastels to make them look dirty.

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Continues on Part 5.
Thank you, to be continued…

One comment on “Nikolai (Part 4) – Silicone Feet / Shoes with Tie-Downs

  1. […] from Part 4. Next step – padding and clothes. Padding was done and redone – so you will see 2 […]

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