Dubble Bubble Gumhead

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Gumheads are elemental spirits. They begin as forgotten wads of gum, stuck under tables and chairs. Most bubblegum is ordinary, but every once in a while, through a twist of fate (and a little saliva), old gumwads awaken as mischievous sprites..Sticky and malleable, they love to steal and hoard tiny objects. They've got your DNA in them, but gumheads aren't always friendly. They have a penchant for chaos when left unattended, but are easily won over with gifts and attention. Under the right circumstances, gumheads are fun companions and can bring good luck and adventure..Get yours at @Kaiju Cult on 4/20 👄 https://www.facebook.com/events/373056240195496/?ti=icl

Posted by Rachel De Urioste Art on Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Gumheads are elemental spirits. They begin as forgotten wads of gum, stuck under tables and chairs. Most bubblegum is ordinary, but every once in a while, through a twist of fate (and a little saliva), old gumwads awaken as mischievous sprites.

Sticky and malleable, they love to steal and hoard tiny objects. They’ve got your DNA in them, but gumheads aren’t always friendly. They have a penchant for chaos when left unattended, but are easily won over with gifts and attention. Under the right circumstances, gumheads are fun companions and can bring good luck and adventure.

Get yours at @KaijuCult on 4/20. RSVP

Ready for Paint

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My tiny horde of monsters, washed and ready for paint.   This is a double cast toy, so after I paint them, they’ll get embedded in translucent resin. They have tiny clear hands in their future  ..The first drop of this toy will be at the Kaiju Cult show 4/20 7pm-midnight at Little Tree Studios. I’ll be posting more sneak peeks as I get ready! @kaijucult

My tiny horde of monsters, washed and ready for paint. This is a double cast toy, so after I paint them, they’ll get embedded in translucent resin. They have tiny clear hands in their future.

The first drop of this toy will be at the Kaiju Cult show 4/20 7pm-midnight at Little Tree Studios. I’ll be posting more sneak peeks as I get ready!

Mold Surgery

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Performing surgery on a new mold. I created registration keys by cutting a zigzag into the outer edges. This helps the two parts line up more accurately for casting. I used a weitlaner retractor to hold the silicone open while I cut towards the inside, straightening out the seam as I got closer to the sculpt. It can be a bit tricky. The key is knowing where the edges of the sculpt are so that I’m not cutting totally blind. I usually take a picture of the mold set up before pouring so I have something to reference when I cut. I get better at it each time!

Pouring Silicone

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Pouring the second half of a mold. 🌊I mix the silicone twice, transferring it into a clean cup to get a thorough mix. Not pictured, I use a vacuum chamber to pull air out of the silicone before pouring. I’ll be pressure casting later, so this step is important. Casting under pressure crushes trapped air, forcing resin into tiny details, allowing clear resin to cure bubble free. If any bubbles are left in the mold, pressure casting will cause it to deform wherever there are voids. Science magic! 🔮

Posted by Rachel De Urioste Art on Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Pouring the second half of a mold. I mix the silicone twice, transferring it into a clean cup to get a thorough mix. Not pictured, I use a vacuum chamber to pull air out of the silicone before pouring. I’ll be pressure casting later, so this step is important. Casting under pressure crushes trapped air, forcing resin into tiny details, allowing clear resin to cure bubble free. If any bubbles are left in the mold, pressure casting will cause it to deform wherever there are voids. Science magic!

Painting tiny spots 🌚

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Painting tiny spots ✨🌚 After I finish the details, I’ll add a holographic sparkle coat and high gloss varnish to make the colors really pop. It’s all about creating depth through layering.

Posted by Rachel De Urioste Art on Sunday, December 9, 2018

After I finish the details, I’ll add a holographic sparkle coat and high gloss varnish to make the colors really pop. It’s all about creating depth through layering.

Gesso Time

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Applying gesso and drying it. Doesn’t look like much, but it’s an important step for good paint adhesion. 🖌🖤

Posted by Rachel De Urioste Art on Friday, November 30, 2018

Applying gesso and drying it. Doesn’t look like much, but it’s an important step for good paint adhesion. 🖌🖤

Painting Stardust

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Adding subtle paint details: thin washes of gold, silver, red, purple, and blue. The new ghost chameleon pigment I’m using looks different depending on how the light hits it. It’s transparent, showing the most dramatic color shifts when layered over black. With just the chameleon paint, the details were hard to see, so I’m also adding lighter areas with tinted metallics to create greater depth. 

Adding subtle paint details: thin washes of gold, silver, red, purple, and blue. 🎨🖌

Posted by Rachel De Urioste on Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Casting another Dreamer.

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Casting another Dreamer. I slush cast them with multiple pours of resin and use epoxy clay to reinforce the back.

Posted by Rachel De Urioste on Tuesday, July 10, 2018

I slush cast them with multiple pours of resin and use epoxy clay to reinforce the back.

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