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I have made a mold but I'm unable to find a good material for the miniatures
 
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bardos wrote:
I have made a mold but I'm unable to find a good material for the miniatures


Depending on what kind of mold it is, you can use pewter, lead or "Green Stuff"

All three are pretty toxic, but if I had to choose, I'd probably go with "Green Stuff"

Green stuff is this "putty" like adhesive.
You should be able to get it where Warhammer miniatures are sold and some home supply stores.

It comes in either a yellow blue clay ribbon or blue white clay ribbon.

I don't recall off the top of my head what it is actually called, but if you have a good hobby store they should know what you are talking about.
 
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I don't think Green stuff is what bardos is looking for. As stated, he already has made a mold.

For miniatures (figures), I really don't know what you could use, but if it's for decors, you can check http://www.hirstart.com. Dental plaster seems like a good option, but you could use resin as well.

Maybe try the resins for the miniatures, but I really don't know if it will work fine or not.
 
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Casting from molds that you have purchased the rights to (ie HirstArts) is perfectly legal, and fun.
Casting from molds you have made, of originals you have created, is also perfectly legal, and fun.

In either case, the type of material you use to make your mold will be very important in what casting material you can use. Some molds will deteriorate rapidly with some casting materials (not all RTVs hold up well to resin, for example).

Casting materials generally include plasters, resins, and metals.

Casting from molds you have made of other people's miniatures is not really legal (and GW is a company that will pursue legal action against you if you are doing this), and people are not going to give you advice on how to break the law on a public forum.
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joedogboy wrote:
Casting from molds you have made of other people's miniatures is not really legal (and GW is a company that will pursue legal action against you if you are doing this), and people are not going to give you advice on how to break the law on a public forum.
Take a Valium, dude!

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bardos wrote:
I have made a mold but I'm unable to find a good material for the miniatures
This might be a better question for the DIY Forum (this is good too). Here's a useful group with an extensive FAQ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/1listSculpting/. Anyway, what's the mold made of? What are you molding, what sort of mold is it (figure, ship, two-part, etc.)? Michael's craft stores sell an 11$ binary resin kit to get started with (and their weekly newspaper circular has a 40% off coupon if you can find one), so this is a good option to experiment with; remember to coat the inside with petroleum jelly (or their quick release spray) so it comes out nondestructively.

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johngorno wrote:
Take a Valium, dude!

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Respect other people's property, dude!
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Perhaps I'm missing something, but when did the OP (or anyone else in this thread for that matter) even suggest that they were creating molds from other people's minis (to warrant a warning that it is illegal)?
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He deleted the post. He's cloning GW minis.
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To be fair, it IS the OP's property. As long as he doesn't sell the duplicates he can do whatever he likes. Of course I don't know what American law says about this but anything else would be ridiculous.
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guzerat wrote:
To be fair, it IS the OP's property. As long as he doesn't sell the duplicates he can do whatever he likes. Of course I don't know what American law says about this but anything else would be ridiculous.
It's a copyright infringement, like photocopying artwork, so technically unlawful and actionable (basis for a lawsuit). How Games Workshop would prove in court that he'd done it, much less establish the liability of anyone who "abettted" him is extremely problematic (I can't quite picture the County Sheriff kicking down his door to seize his minis for metalurgic testing and expert comparison). On the other hand, if I recall correctly, copyright holders are obliged to make at least a token effort to defend against infringements they become aware of, lest the infringement become customary, enjoying implicit permission, so even if the copyright holder could care less that someone is making a few crappy knock-offs for their own use and sure isn't going to spend the time and money to sue, they have to make some effort to get them to stop, or better yet, maintain plausable ignorance of infringements that aren't of any practical significance, i.e, "Don't ask, don't tell."

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As mentioned earlier, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/1listSculpting/ is a great resource.
 
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johngorno wrote:
guzerat wrote:
To be fair, it IS the OP's property. As long as he doesn't sell the duplicates he can do whatever he likes. Of course I don't know what American law says about this but anything else would be ridiculous.
It's a copyright infringement, like photocopying artwork, so technically unlawful and actionable (basis for a lawsuit). How Games Workshop would prove in court that he'd done it, much less establish the liability of anyone who "abettted" him is extremely problematic (I can't quite picture the County Sheriff kicking down his door to seize his minis for metalurgic testing and expert comparison). On the other hand, if I recall correctly, copyright holders are obliged to make at least a token effort to defend against infringements they become aware of, lest the infringement become customary, enjoying implicit permission, so even if the copyright holder could care less that someone is making a few crappy knock-offs for their own use and sure isn't going to spend the time and money to sue, they have to make some effort to get them to stop, or better yet, maintain plausable ignorance of infringements that aren't of any practical significance, i.e, "Don't ask, don't tell."

Gorno


If it's true that you can't photocopy artwork for private use in the US, I feel sorry for you.
 
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guzerat wrote:
If it's true that you can't photocopy artwork for private use in the US, I feel sorry for you.


It is indeed true.
 
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Geosphere wrote:
guzerat wrote:
If it's true that you can't photocopy artwork for private use in the US, I feel sorry for you.


It is indeed true.


Actually the law is mostly to do with the deleterious effects of the intense heat & light from a photocopier on oil paintings.
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