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Thread: How to make a Lifesize fiberglass character?

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  1. Default  
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    Nov 2008
    Mesquite, TX
    This is what Im talking about- NO FUMES.
    and it wont eat styrofoam so it is still on topic. I do use FG mat with it. Also the pump system is amazing- 1 pump from A and then 1 pump from B- no counting drops and all that stuff.

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    Oct 2007
    Greenwich, CT
    is there anywhere to buy that online? allen, can you pm me a link if there is? that stuff sounds like a couple bottles of heaven.

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    Nov 2008
    Mesquite, TX

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    May 2010
    Sweet Home Alabama
    Heres some drawings of the fella. I also need to know what would be the best way to make a base for it? He will be a little top heavy

    also if i sculpt him in foam and coat him in resin will i be able to sculpt wrinkles and whatever in the resin as its drying? thats my main concern is losing all those subtle details i want in it.

    alien page.jpg
    Last edited by NightmareOnYourStreet; 01-25-2012 at 11:47 PM.

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    Apr 2006
    Traverse City, Michigan
    Looks like Ren from "Ren and Stimpy" The facial expressions it has Good luck with it, looks like you have some work ahead of you!

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    Nov 2011
    Man, that looks like it'll be fairly easy. However, I don't think I'd go 6' with it. I'd keep it at about 4.5', just because that char's nature, it looks like a hilariously evil, little creature!

    Anyways, my first thoughts:

    1. flat stock of steel, somewhere around 12 ga steel, test before buying to make sure it'll be sturdy enough. Thin for light weight, but thick enough to not bend easily with the creature mounted. Take a few pieces of steel rod that'll fit inside a 1" pvc pipe. Use this for your legs. Welding is required for this part.

    2. Get 1" pvc pipe and slide down the shafts. (Make sure your shafts are about the way you want your legs) and build from there. Get the skelly made out so you can build on it.

    3. I'd get some chicken wire for the chest and shoulder cavities. Build and sculpt till you're satisfied with it. Take some paper mache and make a bowl at the bottom of chest cavity. Duct tape would work too but a mache bottom leaks less in my experience.

    4. I'd duct tape the cavity up about half way. Fill in with foam! Shape / trim foam that comes out any cracks or top. Great stuff would work but best to use an industrial foam for this. Smooth on I hear works great!

    5. Once I got my chest done I'd work on the neck and head mounting.

    6. Use great stuff foam for the legs and arms. Since they're so stick like, should be easy. Get some gloves and someone to spray the foam into your hands. Wait till it starts to foam up just a bit and start rubbing it on the legs. Build it up past your desired radius. Let set for a full day.

    7. I'd start shaping the arms and legs with a wood raft and plastic box cutter. Get the cheap kind that the blades really long and you break them off as they get dull. Extend it all the way out to get wider areas.

    8. Get bandaids for all your cuts and pokes.

    9. Then I'd resin coat the body. Whichever way you go with, use a mask! Even odorless, if you're using any kind of fibreglass matting or dust, always protect your lungs! I'm speaking from experience (auto body shop... was a painter)

    10. I'd rest, set back and look at everything. You can always sand down and add / remove as you needed.

    Then come back here and get more advice on the head. I'd get stacks of 2" foam from Home Depot and glue them together, then shape it all out.

    You can use a cheap heat gun from harbor freight to heat up the pvc and bend as you needed. I wish I had pics of a creature I did once using this method I mentioned. I'm no pro at all, but this worked fine for me and the monster I made lasted for a few years before breaking, and even then, I don't think it's the creation's fault that a dumb kid tackled it!

    Have fun and be safe! Post pics if you start this project, I'm interested in seeing it come to life.
    Hope some of this is somewhat helpful.



    Steel plate for stand.
    Metal rods welded where legs will be to help hold it upright.
    PvC skeleton made with fittings and heating / bending as needed.
    Wire mesh / chicken wire sculp of cavity areas.
    Fill with foam.
    Shape / trim
    Resin coat
    Sand / reform / recoat till satisfied.

    Should be about 45lbs when finished. Depending on what height you go with.
    Last edited by Frightener; 02-03-2012 at 02:34 PM.

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    May 2010
    Sweet Home Alabama
    You guys are awesome! Will definitely be using what has been recommended. I'll post progress pictures as we go along! I'm going to sculpt out a small (maybe 10") of the fella then go from there. We have decided to go for about 4-4.5 feet. We just aren't ready to go full sie, but we are going to get started in the next week or so and I will post pictures as we make progress!

  8. Default your monster alien fella 
    Good luck with him, if you need any pointers on sculpting, molding, casting, painting, etc let me know...don't be afraid to ask...

    I would go with making a sculpture, mold that, cast him up, seam him, and paint him...good luck...if you go the long route let me know if you need any advice.

    If you mold him remember it has to be a flexible mold (silicon, rubbers, etc) and a rigid jacket (watch for undercuts!!!) if your casting him up in fiberglass (or any rigid medium), making full sized body molds can be a bugger if you need help..just holler!

    just two more things...release, release, release your molds....and safety first! too many of 'Hollywood' fx monster makers are now growing 'monsters' internally like cancer, universal toxicity syndrome, permanent nerve damage, etc...always use OPEN VENTILATION with fans or use a hood...full respirators and gloves!!! don't breathe it don't touch it with your bare hands, read all your material data safety sheets!...not kidding!!! respect this science and its chemicals or it can kill or disfigure you for life!...SAFETY FIRST!..everything else second...

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