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Make: Props and Costume Armor by Shawn Thorsson

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5 Mold-Making Basics

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There are many reasons to make a mold and cast a copy of something, but they usually boil down to one of the following two: The first is that the original may be made of something inappropriate and needs to be reproduced with a different material. The second is that you may want to make lots of duplicates without repeating the tedious or expensive process involved in creating the original.

Consider these examples.

Suppose you’re really good at sculpting things out of clay, and you have just spent a week sculpting a perfect replica of a character’s signature pair of gauntlets. You can’t really wear a pair of clay gauntlets, at least not for very long. Once a mold has been made, however, those ...

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