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DIY Nendoroid Faceplate (part 1)DIY Nendoroid Faceplate (part 1)

Hello everyone! this is my first article so please go easy ok.

Notice:
In this I will be talking about a method of making your own nendoroid face plates using a one part silicone mold and resin. The original comes from a youtube video about how to make your own figma faces, but the quality is low and the instructions are a bit confusing so I will be here to tell you all how to do this specifically with nendoroid heads. This is just how to make the head, I will talk about drawing on the face later.
PLEASE DO THIS IN A VENTILATED AREA WITH GLOVES. MAYBE EVEN A MASK

Materials:
1 Kit of silicone to make mold(will include chemicals A + B)
1 Kit of pigment-able resin Smooth-cast 325(will include chemicals A + B)
1 Kit Smooth-on SO-strong resin pigments(it's the only kit that comes with flesh tone)
mold release spray
Matte finish spray
Clay

Clear coat spray + face decals(optional)
5(or more) Paper cup(no ridges on it or it won't mix thoroughly)
2(or more) wooden mixing sticks(wood because it could be harmful with plastic)
Fine sand paper

So before we start casting a face we must choose what face we want. Different faces have different noses, shape and color.

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These 3 faces alone have different shapes! so choose what kind you want because you can cast more than 1 resin face per mold. You can use it up to about 12 times.

Steps
1)Take a bit of clay and roll into a small log. Attach to a flat part of the face like the top of the head. Press it to the bottom of the paper cup clay side down. the head should be upside down.

2)Mix the silicone. Measure about how much you need to fill the mold. Split that about in half and in a cup fill the half amount with chemical A. In another cup fill it to the same amount of chemical B so that both combined forms how much silicone is needed. Mix both chemicals with a wooden stick. (note:don't just swish it back and forth between the cups, it won't have a good mix)

3)Take the silicon fully mixed and pour it into the cup with the nendoroid head in it. Start pouring in one of the edges, DO NOT pour straight on top. Pouring on top could knock over the head if it's not secure enough and it could form air bubbles. When fully covered with silicone tap the cup gently on a table to let out any air bubbles. The mold takes at least 6 hours. You could just let it sit overnight.

4)When finished setting remove the silicone from the cup, you may need to rip the cup. Next take an exacto knife and start where the clay is, but out the head and clay while moving the knife in a zigzag motion so the mold will fit back together again. But don't cut all the way through the silicone, only almost to the bottom on both sides.

5)To prepare the resin measure about how much you would need and split it into 2 different parts like with the silicone. Before combining chemical A and B open the color pigments and touch the very end of a wooden stick to the flesh color pigment. You may need to mix some color before adding it to chemical B. Now don't add more than just the touch of the wooden stick or else it may conflict with the other chemical to where it won't become resin. However the same is true if you add not enough, it could have a transparent look when we need it to be opaque. Mix the flesh pigment into chemical be very well, then proceed to mix both chemicals together. The resin may set fast so do this process quickly.Pour the final resin into the mold very carefully(make sure you have enough, it's better to have too much than not enough)

6)You can use a rubber band around the mold to keep it together and open up the mold to spray some mold release spray before pouring in the resin. Pour in a little then rotate the mold a little before pouring in the rest. By doing this it gets into all the crevasse and prevents air bubbles. PLEASE DO ALL OF THIS WITH GLOVES ON

7)It takes about 40 min to an hour to fully set. Then remove the rubber band and take out the resin cast of the face. Use the matte knife to cut off the extra where the clay was in the mold. Take the sandpaper and smooth out the place where you cut of the extra if needed. From this point on you can rinse it off if you want to and dry it off to prepare for face painting.

8)If you use a face decal instead of painting you face spray the face with a gloss coat first then put on the decal. Make sure to put it a little lower than you think because the hair will cover the top up. Smooth out and adjust with a Q-tip. When dry take off and spray with a clear matte spray to keep in place and to make it look more professional.

Here a link to a google doc with pictures for the steps:docs.google.com...

Congratulations! You just made your own nendoroid face from resin using a silicone mold! I hope this can help all of you make the faces you want, it's not like the PVC I know but you can get really good results if you're careful enough. Thank you for reading good luck!
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1pt
I know this is an old blog post but, what silicone brand did you use?
10 months ago
0pt
you should show what the finsihed project looks like! anyways, thanks, ill def try this
1 year ago
0pt
Wow now thats something i need to try , thanks for sharing
2 years ago
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