Today I decided to take a break from those harnesses and spend some time prepping my Bint Soraya resin. Since I get the occasional question about prepping, I thought I'd go ahead and document part of the process.
Here's my work desk set up for prepping. My tools include a carbide scraper, an X-acto knife, fine grit sandpaper and a Sharpie marker. Good lighting is a must. I'm working under both an open window and an Ott light.This particular resin is a very clean casting so there aren't a lot of major issues to address. However, careful inspection reveals several small divots such as this.
It's easy to lose track of all the little dings, so I make my life a lot easier by highlighting them with the Sharpie.
Once I've gone over the entire model, it's time to move onto the filling stage.
A lot of people use Bondo spot putty to fill the little dings and divots. I'm not one of them. Bondo is stinky and at least somewhat toxic. I much prefer "messo" which is a mix of modeling paste and gesso.
I dab it onto the marked area,
and then wipe off the excess with my finger.
You can see the white messo filling in the divot here. I let the area dry and then carefully sand it smooth.
|Obviously this still needs to be sanded!|
Prepping isn't hard, but it does require a lot of patience and attention to detail. Please feel free to share your best prepping tips in the comment section!
P.S. Anyone who's seen the project shelf in my basement knows I needed a new unpainted resin like I need a hole in the head. In my defense, I offer this photo:
I can't imagine a better horse for the six year Marston costume than Bint Soraya. However, I'm a bit undecided as to what color would best compliment both her and the costume. Suggestions are definitely welcome!