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Plasti Dip & Sculpted Details of a Batarang


Hey everyone. I'm working on my first batarang prop from the 89 movie. Anyway, I'm using a plexiglass base and using sculpy to sculpt the details on it.

I will finish it off by coating it in plasti-dip and painting the silver on it. My question is on the carved details, will the plasti-dip fill in those carvings? If so, I will skip them. If it will hold them true after all 3-4 coats I'm planning on putting on, I'll go ahead and sculpt them. If not, I will pass.

I know that some people make and sell resin casts of the batarangs, and I may wish I had gone that route in the end!

THanks again everyone.

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Re: plasti-dip and sculpted details


You don't need to use Plasti-Dip for that.

Treat it like a model kit and use primer and spray paint or air brush it or even hand paint it. Primer and paint work really well with (Super)Sculpey. That's all you need.:)

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And when you get through with that, when we meet up, I'll give you one of mine.
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Re: plasti-dip and sculpted details


The main problem is that I will be carrying it on my utility belt. That means that I will throw it once in a while. It also means my 5 year old will want to throw it a ton! Sculpy doesn't react well to sudden impacts with the ground. I figured that the plasti-dip would hold it together if it were to crack

Brin thanks a million for hte offer too.
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Plasti-dip won't do much to protect your plexiglass/sculpy Batarang. If you're going to be tossing it around, you might consider molding your sculpt and casting it in a urethane or some other more resilient material.

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Re: plasti-dip and sculpted details


Is there a fairly inexpesive way to mold and cast? The last time I did any casting was wtih RTV rubber molding and resin casts (making SW customs). The resin was around $30 and the molding compound another $30. I'd really hate to spend $60 to make a mold of the batarang...Of course, I could make more than one, but it's the cost factor again...

In case you haven't figured it out yet with all my posts. I'm one cheap bastard!

Thanks again for the help guys.
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You can use molding latex. You might get a slightly smaller casting, but not much smaller.
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Re: plasti-dip and sculpted details


Where can you get molding latex? Is this something that Michaels or Hobby Lobby carries? Do I need to shop online? Have any idea on what it runs? What then would I use for the casts? Resin? Something else?

Tired of all the questions yet?

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Re: plasti-dip and sculpted details


Probably Hobby lobby. Doubt Micheal's,or at least I've never seen it there.

If they have a model train section,you may find it there.
There's a company called "Woodland Scenes" that make various materials for trains and they make mold making latex. Should be simple to find as it's a fairly common item.

I have a hobby shop near me that has a different brand name mold making latex as well,but I can't remember the name.

John :flapbat

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