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22 Mar 2013 - 20:0199576
Prop finishing help!
Bit of an odd request but I’m looking for stuff in regards to getting a nice finish on props.

I need to mod a pair of headphones and a ray gun for my Ulala costume and as I’ll most likely make these mods out of fimo I was just wondering what’s good to use as a final cover to get an even/smooth finish?

I was debating gloss mod podge but will this cover paint strokes/any seams between the fimo pieces and the accessories?
I've looked in to other things such as bondo, polymorph and epoxy resin but I'm just at a loss of what to use, that and I'd rather conserve my money and not waste it experimenting!

Ideally I want a super smooth finish like this but I've just no idea about how to go about it other than a lot of sanding!

Any help or advice would be much appreciated!!


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22 Mar 2013 - 21:5699590
I've heard of many people using Gesso. Also a friend of mine suggested paper mache paste to me before, I think that can be sanded when dry but I haven't tried it yet so I'm just giving second hand info really.
I usually use glue and water (1/5) to finish things off at the very end but that's watery of course!!


24 Mar 2013 - 00:2599649
I'm just getting into using Bondo myself so I can't really comment on that.

I'm also very Biased as I'm not a fan of Fimo - I always mess it up when I cook it >_<

But basically for the majority of my props I use a thing called Milliput
On ebay you can get it very very cheaply. Hobbycraft sell it but for a ridiculous price. And it's also basically the green stuff they use for warhammer figures - but again a third of the price. You mix equal parts of the two sticks together. I wouldn't use a whole heap of it - it's better to use less and make more then waste too much. You then mix it use a mixing technique where you keep folding it till the colours a one uniform colour. But I find I mix it more then I need to just to be sure. Then you sculpt or add to fimo then smooth with water. Water it the key with milliput - makes it so amazing. Then you leave for 24 hours and you can paint/sand it.

And it's made in England so that's also why I like it It is important to wear gloves with it - to be safe.

But you can use it for touch up jobs and sean closure but it does only come in 4 or so colours So have to paint match but it takes acrylic really well And Spray Paint


24 Mar 2013 - 01:5799654
Quote gaming_goddess:
I'm just getting into using Bondo myself so I can't really comment on that.

I'm also very Biased as I'm not a fan of Fimo - I always mess it up when I cook it >_<

But basically for the majority of my props I use a thing called Milliput
On ebay you can get it very very cheaply. Hobbycraft sell it but for a ridiculous price. And it's also basically the green stuff they use for warhammer figures - but again a third of the price. You mix equal parts of the two sticks together. I wouldn't use a whole heap of it - it's better to use less and make more then waste too much. You then mix it use a mixing technique where you keep folding it till the colours a one uniform colour. But I find I mix it more then I need to just to be sure. Then you sculpt or add to fimo then smooth with water. Water it the key with milliput - makes it so amazing. Then you leave for 24 hours and you can paint/sand it.

And it's made in England so that's also why I like it It is important to wear gloves with it - to be safe.

But you can use it for touch up jobs and sean closure but it does only come in 4 or so colours So have to paint match but it takes acrylic really well And Spray Paint


I might have to try that ^^
Also I had that problem with Fimo also I like plastiroc personally, air drying but messy because you have to use water


24 Mar 2013 - 08:0699658
Quote Afireinsidegirl:

I might have to try that ^^
Also I had that problem with Fimo also I like plastiroc personally, air drying but messy because you have to use water


I really love the stuff Mainly for it's air drying abilities. Takes a bit of time to get a hang of mixing it properly. I found in any case :S but it's really cheap. I've not used Plastiroc myself. May need to try that out as I'm a fan of anything airdrying


24 Mar 2013 - 10:1899667
Quote gaming_goddess:
Quote Afireinsidegirl:

I might have to try that ^^
Also I had that problem with Fimo also I like plastiroc personally, air drying but messy because you have to use water


I really love the stuff Mainly for it's air drying abilities. Takes a bit of time to get a hang of mixing it properly. I found in any case :S but it's really cheap. I've not used Plastiroc myself. May need to try that out as I'm a fan of anything airdrying


Plastiroc is great, I worry if used to thickly it could be heavy though! I've only used it on one costume so far and it went well but maybe I need to use it more before singing it's praises
It's definitely worse to use when it's getting a bit old as I found out last night!
I'm also a fan of airdrying


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