sorry for the delay in getting part 2 up! hopefully it all makes sense, feel free to leave questions! I forgot to mention, though, make sure to properly ration your resin and make it only as you need it! I accidentally made too much and it hardened in the bucket -solid as a rock lol part 1:
Do you think it's possible to combine the two pieces with liquid nails before you sculpt it? I feel like I'd do a better job with sculpting it after the two pieces were glued together and I wasn't quite sure if there was some side effect to doing it like that
I only held off on doing so to prevent myself from possibly damaging the other side while I was working. The foam could get crushed from the pressure or slip while you're working and end up with a gash or cut. I did it as a precaution, but obviously you don't have to follow this step for step. I did it that way just be safe.
Ah, know it's been a while since you've worked on this (and it looks like it turned out lovely, by the way! *A*). I just had on inquiry about the super glaze. From what I'm seeing in the photo, I'm going to guess when you applied it, you covered the whole keyblade front and back in one go?
Other then time and love, it looks like you didn't need a saw or dremel or anything heavy-duty and special for this prop right? I don't have room/funds for those things, so anything that can be done by hand is a huge plus, and this looks like a tutorial right up my alley :3
Second question -> does the resin dry clear? I was thinking of using it as a sealer as the last coat after the paint. And would gesso work as the base coat over the foam?
nope, foam can be cut with a simple knife and widdled down with files and sandpaper. makes life easier especially when you're on a budget :3 and yes, it does dry clear, I'm sure you could use it as a top sealer though it does have a gloss to it which is why I put it under the paint. and yes, I use gesso as my primer, it protects the foam and primes it :3
the actual handle is a spare piece of wood that I cut up, something I just found at hobby lobby, it was actually a pre-made miniature baseball bat. I sawed off what I needed and glued it in between the four sheets of insulation foam