by pluv This article was originally part of an article titled II for I published in the May 2010 edition of the JoeCanuck Newsletter.
Things you'll need:
- Kneadtite aka Green Stuff
- Plastic wrap (preferably Cling wrap)
- Sculpting tools
- Latex gloves
Creating removable hair, helmets or armor isn't as daunting a task as you might think. The sculpting is the tricky part. That takes practice and time to hone the skills. The mechanics to make them removable though, are pretty simple. On this particular 25th style figure I will be creating a removable wig. It will work pretty much the same way for any style figures.
Step 1: Wrap in plastic wrap
First, remove the head from the torso. Using separate pieces of plastic wrap for each, cover the torso and the head. Cling Wrap works the best. While the cheaper no-name brand plastic wrap works ok, the GLAD brand actually sticks to the plastic figure underneath and doesn't move around nearly as much. Next, cover the head pulling it as tightly as possible. If you're doing a wig, twist the ends towards the front of the face. If you are doing a helmet, twist them towards the bottom. Now, put the head back on the torso.
Step 2: Use your sculpting material
The tight plastic wrap will allow you to sculpt the Green Stuff right on top of the figure and get the sculpting material to conform tightly to the shape underneath. I'm using Green Stuff instead of other sculpting materials because it air dries hard, but has some give to it. That feature is going to make taking the wig off and putting it back on easy without fear of breaking anything.
Although the actual sculpting is not shown, Green stuff only has a working time of just over an hour, I used a retractable ball point pen for some of the circular bumps and an X-acto blade for everything else. I also wore latex rubber gloves (.99 a pack in the cleaning isle) to keep my finger prints off of it. Be sure to keep everything wet as you are working. As the Green Stuff starts to dry it becomes tacky to the touch. The water will keep your tools and fingers from pulling something off as you start detailing.
Step 3: Let dry and done
As you can see in the finished work, the wig fits snuggly and comes off easily. I was able to use some of the leftover Green Stuff for his nose and belt buckle. Nothing goes to waste.