It being the rainy season, it’s not very ideal to work with resin and silicone; the warmer it is, the less catalyst I have to use and the less time I have to wait for my materials to set. The rain isn’t helping much in that regard, but I’m carrying on anyway.
Casting a rubber mould out of a master mould (also called the “male mould” or the “plug”) may be tedious and messy and time-consuming, but it’s certainly an important part of the process. The purpose of which is to let the rubber capture the likeness of your plug (it this case, the wooden model of a crysknife). The silicone rubber is initially liquid so it will flow over and around the plug and around into all its details.
When the rubber sets and when you remove the plug you’ll then have a negative imprint of your plug made out of rubber. That’s why it’s critical that you do the rubber moulding process properly or you won’t get the details right and mistakes you make at this point will show up on your subsequent casts.
This is just meant to be an update but am planning to write some build tips as I go along.
Stuff I’ve been working on this weekend are some of the integrated circuits I’m putting into the unfixed crysknife–a version of the crysknife that radiates a flickering light (meant to depict the it’s interaction with the body’s electrical field). Am quite excited about this part and looking forward to see if my vision of a knife with a subtle, flickering light will turn out the way intended it to. Am starting with one LED for now–too many might make it look like a lightsaber!
More updates as I move forward.