EASY! How to MOLD & CAST an ACTION FIGURE head

EASY! How to  MOLD & CAST an ACTION FIGURE head


these videos are brought to you by Hobby
silicone.com and Jon Neill I’m going to show you how to
make a very simple mold. You’ll need a cup and a sharpie to draw a
line inside the cup while you plan to make a cut in the silicone. After you’ve poured your
mold then draw a circle around the top area which you’re going to need to cut
out to pour in through where your silicone supposed to be. Here’s a pirate
head sculpted by Jon Neill You’ll see the blue wax sprues actually
touch the ear lobes in the back of the- head. The sprues will make vents and will help the air escape when I pour in resin into the mold. I’ll put the cup over the top of the sculpture and then run hot- glue all the way around it. I’m positioning the cup so that the Sharpie line is in the back of the head – where I plan on making my exacto knife
cut to open my mold. Besides a top-quality silicone, the thing I like is
that Hobbie silicone sells smaller- kits for the hobbyist such as this
two-pound kit and this 10-pound kit. You can buy just what you need to get your job done. I should be using a two-pound kit but I’m going to use this 10-pound kit. The cup weighs 20 grams so I need to- tear that out to zero and will pour
my silicone in to the proper measurement. I would probably have a little leftover
at 500 grams. When adding the catalyst I’ve got 500 grams on my scale so I’m- going to tear it out again back to zero
with the silicone still on there. I’m- going to weigh out 50 grams which is 10%
of the catalyst the green catalyst I’m- using here has excellent stretch and
very good tear strength it also has very- good mold life and library life. The
silicone is done being mixed when it is an even green color. Without the aid
of an in evacuator, you’ll need to do- what’s called a “high pour”.
A “high Pour” is the second best way to remove- bubbles out of the silicone so you can
make sure that you get all those- important details in your sculpture. The
last thing that you’d want to do is just- pour one big glob in here because you
could end up having a silicone mold that would be porous. Just keep pouring on the side of the mold and let the silicone flow into the face. Do not pour directly on top of the face or that could cause air bubbles……. Now that the silicone is cured, start slicing your mold apart using a zig-zag pattern with your scalpel or xacto knife. Be very careful when you get to your actual sculpture not to cut it. The reason why I cut the zig-zag pattern is – that the mold will key together perfectly. and increases the chances to have an even seam edge. …When I make my casting we’re going to-take a look inside of the mold and which can act as a mold release for resin castings. add a little baby powder ( Talc/ talcum powder)…. Tap the mold against my hand a few times and then blow it out. Check to make sure that the baby powder is not stuck inside the eyes or the mouth or any small details. Now it’s time to start our casting process… You’ll need a box of tongue depressors,
small cups, baby powder and latex gloves…. I’m using a very inexpensive kit of MPK 70 – 2 LB casting resin. Here’s my mold! Place two cups out, take part A of the NPK 70 casting resin and… pour part A into the first cup then for an equal amount of component B into the second
cup…. it’s so easy really kid can do it! I don’t like to leave un-catalyzed resin
in either cup, so what I do is I mix them both into each cup to make sure that
both sides are catalyzed. I also want to- mention that this resin is odorless!! As
I’m pouring the NPK 70 resin the air is- escaping out the vents, those small holes that you see. Making the little parts like the ear lobes in the back of the head, to
remain intact. You can purchase the casting resin with either a 5 minute or 10 minute gel time… For instance you may want to use a longer gel time for more
complicated or bigger molds or if it’s hot in your studio. After 20 minutes it’s
ready to de-mold. I pull out- the part and it’s a great casting but as
you can see it’s hard to see when the casting is white in color. For my next casting I’ve added just a very small amount of black pigment. I like casting in a gray color so that when it’s cured, you can… really see all the fine details that
have picked up and i’d like you to see- them too. Once the resin is cured I can
do mold it. This usually takes about- 20 minutes, unless it’s a little hotter, then
it might be 10 minutes but 20 is a good standard. Have you wondered why I had such a big
pour spout? It helps actually push the- air out of the mold so you have less
bubbles in your piece… Now take a good close look, I’ll bring in the sculpture closer so you can see the- face, the eyes, the teeth, and even the
earlobe, and earring in the ear, all came out perfect. I’ve compiled a list and Amazon links of
materials which you’ll need to do this project in the description text below the video….

100 thoughts on “EASY! How to MOLD & CAST an ACTION FIGURE head

  1. Very nice video! I'm thinking about taking up action figure making as a hobby. I'm almost 40 and have always dreamed of making figures of some comic book characters I created as a youth.

  2. Hi I have a American group of 9 jazz players that I adore I can't buy any more in Australia and the USA postage charges are huge .I can now try making copy of the band members to create more group, very excited. Will try on throw away item first though.

  3. I'm not sure I understand the venting piece. How do you avoid the venting piece from casting along with the rest of your figure? I see when you take the head out that there's nothing on the ears, but there should be some resin extruding basd on the vent tubes…

  4. This was a really nice tutorial. Very informative and looks really easy to make. 

    Can you please explain or show to us how the blue wax was made? Is the blue wax really stuck into the head sculpture or can it still be removed? And what's the small cup below the blue wax in the middle called? 

  5. Absolutely love this! Precise no tedious assumptions that leave you guessing- just clear and amazingly quick introduction on the process that goes into creating a mold and reproducing it!

  6. I bought some of this stuff 12 years ago,still unused! It was really expensive! I was too scared to use it and risk messing it up.So thanks for your brilliant de-mistifying tutorial!!

  7. Black pigment and Blue wax

    Where does one purchase these items?  I find your video very, very helpful.  Thanks for the tutorial.

  8. I was wondering what material the original head was sculpted with? I am wanting to sculpt a mask in resin, but I am having trouble finding information on what sort of clay I could sculpt it out of, and then make a silicone mold of it. Would oil based clay work?

  9. build your mold container out of LEGO bricks, the size is customizable and mold wastage is reduced

  10. hello, thank for the video. i was wondering, how do you get such detail in the sculpt? was a 3D printer used, or was it hand sculpted? thanks!

  11. is there a video on how to make or apply those vent sticks? can't seem to locate them online at all. Do you happen to have a video of how to cast an object with a hollow center. I have a toy that i'd like to cast and have it be hollow inside but don't know where to begin?

  12. you didn't mention to put the mold back in the cup when pouring. but I love this video. it will help me when I do my next mold. being self taught I love your techniques. lots of great techniques you used. the air pour was just great. thanks for this video.

  13. I made my first character toy and now thanks for your video am going to carefully write down the products. I really need to make a few copies of my original toy. This is going to be my first time.. Thank you so much. Your video is very helpful

  14. Can the casting resin be painted with acrylic? Or is there possibly another material that I could use that can be painted?

  15. Hi jonathan im a sculptor myself and i was wondering if you would be able to help me? My sculpture is Super Sculpey pink clay. I would like to mold n cast my sculpture into a resin toy like figure. Ill send you my sculpture and ill buy the mold n cast materials so you dont need to use any of yours. So all you need to do is mold n cast my sculpture into a resin figure. And ill pay you in cash for your time is that alright?

  16. Very cool info. Can you tell me if this would work with the same type of head if the head was hollow inside and underneath the head say like a pez dispenser head? Or does that require a negative 2 piece mold? Thanks!

  17. If i'm makin a resin copy of head (life-size) can i still use this method? Just in bigger scale of course 🙂

  18. Good information and thorough explaination, but the goofy background music is distracting and downright annoying.

  19. hello dear jonathan, which resin is the best for the figure casting. i found only 2 types of resin in Turkey. they are all transperent. thank you

  20. what method do toy companies use to make head sculpts for mass production? is there a special machine for that?

  21. Jonathan,
    What do you use to de-nib any small areas of the final piece that you do not want on your final mold? Does Wet-n-Dry work on this material and keep a smooth piece?
    Thank you SO much for the detailed a clear video!
    Rob

  22. I was inspired to do this. I ordered the MPK kit with the silicone. I have 5 different custom action figure heads I've sculpted and am trying to just get the molds made.
    So far I've damaged 2 of the original sculpts. Ears keep disintegrating before I can extract them from the mold. One broke inside the MPK silicone and the other broke using oomoo 30.
    Can you possibly recommend anything better and more gentle that won't keep breaking the ears off?

  23. awesome video…would it be possible do pour molten wax in instead of resin? I would then want to make a plaster mold and melt the wax out for casting aluminum. thanks!

  24. Check out Toby Wayne Studios He does a silicone mold of a zombie head he sculpted called Rotten Rob a few of the things I saw missing in here compared to his video.
    1. Before he does the main pour he uses the silicone brushed on the head to make sure the fine details don't get air bubbles in them.
    2. When using a release agent (talc powder) he brushes it on with a brush then taps it out seems a lot more accurate way to make sure clumps in low areas aren't a problem.
    Not saying this wasn't a good video but maybe Toby has figured out a ways to make sure your molds and pours come out better.

  25. How flexible is this resin? I'm looking to resculpt a plastic dolls face, then take a cast and use the resin in the cast, with the original doll face in the cast, so that it adheres to the doll. Would this work and be similar to the plastic?

  26. Jonathan, two questions. 1: if I use a 1/6 scale head, paint and pigments still on, will casting it damage the original heads paint? 2: when you are doing the mold, how did you do the venting or when in the steps did you do it? Before the mold was dry or drilled into afterward?

  27. Hello Jonathan,I am finally ready.I have the MPK starter kit, All tint, and a variety pack of wax sprue and wax pour spouts. But I don't have a scale. Can't I use the volume of the cup I use for the cup mould as a guide as to the amount of silicone/catalyst I need?For instance; for a full sized 70mm (1:25 scale policeman) I'm using a 9oz. Cup, and for small applications, such as 1:25 scale head with hat, or a pair of boots, or a patrol bag etc.etc. I'm using 2oz. cups, the type you get your burrito condiments in at the taqueria. I will make 9 ounces of silicone/catalyst, in a another 9oz. cup to fill the 9oz cup mould with the master, and if I have a little extra I will have a "mini cup" or two, ready for any extra material created by displacement. Won't this "freestyle" work, or am I forgetting something?
    Thanks

  28. @ Jonathan .. instead of resin can someone do the same process but with Polymer ? I want to do a mold of 1/6 scale head sculpt ( they are made of polymer clay) but I can’t put clay inside the mold I want it to be liquid polymer and then I want to it to harden .. 🙂 what wax
    Can I use to hold the head sculpt in place ? Do I just put it under the head sculpt ?

  29. Great video thanks for sharing. I have a question you didnt cover. How do you know the quanities of mixtures, Silicone and resin for the project?
    Many thanks 😉

  30. Thank you for the wonderful video.

    I was wondering if it's "Baby Powder" or "Baking Powder" you were using to act as a seperation film. It's not in the list of materials and I cant get that part properly over the audio.

    Thanks again for the great tutorial !
    Cheers !!!

  31. Great sculpt, great video. I have to be honest… I took a deep breath just before the little guy went under the first time! Jeez, I must drink less coffee.

  32. This is the best casting tutorial I’ve seen yet! I’m a little confused why the vents don’t fill up with the resin though??

  33. for research purposes, could someone lets say a friend, use one of those silicon molds for 'personal use?' asking for a friend.

  34. Really detailed video, but the video links in the end cover up the list of materials
    used for making the casting. :/

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