Rebound® 25 brush-on mold with a 2-piece support shell.
Mold is flexed inside out to make applying release agent much easier.
Ease-Release® 200 is sprayed evenly on to the mold surface.
Due to the extreme detail of the scales, the release agent was then brushed into the nooks and crannies of all the scales.
The mold is then seated properly back into the support shell.
Part A of Dragon Skin® is dispensed into a convenient graduated clear container.
An equal volume of Part B is dispensed.
A combination of SilcPig® color pigments are combined to yield the desired brown tone of the rattlesnake.
A small amount pigment is added to Part B. This will base tint the rubber casting a light beige color.
Dragon Skin® Part A is dispensed into a larger container for mixing.
Pigmented Part B is added.
Material is dispensed into a 5 gallon bucket for double mixing and vacuum degassing.
Care is taken to scrape the sides and bottom and thoroughly stir the material again.
Dragon Skin® is placed in a vacuum degass chamber.
The Dragon Skin® silicone is de-aired at the proper measurement of 29 inches of mercury. After the rise and fall cycle, the rubber is ready for casting.
Pouring the material into the mold in a thin ribbon minimizes air entrapment while dispensing into the mold.
Material is allowed to cure.
The cured Dragon Skin® lifts easily out of the Rebound® 25 mold thanks to the Ease Release® 200 release agent.
The casting reflects perfect detail of the mold.
Solvent is used to remove residual release agent that may have transferred on to the casting.
The surface of the casting is wiped down and solvent is allowed to fully evaporate before painting details.
A small amount of Psycho Paint® Part A is dispensed.
An equal volume of Part B® is dispensed.
Psycho Paint® is combined and mixed thoroughly.
A very small amount is dispensed into another cup.
Solvent is used to thin the Psycho Paint®. Using solvent resistant cups is necessary when working with any solvents.
Solvent is mixed in thoroughly. A very thin consistency is made in order to create a 'wash' or stain effect.
The same Silc Pig® combination is used again to pigment the thinned Psycho Paint®
The Psycho Paint® is then brushed onto the surface of the Snake casting.
The entire surface is covered. The thinned Psycho Paint® goes a long way so not much is required, even when applying the paint in a liberal amount.
Excess is wiped off with a clean, dry cloth. This technique is very similar to staining bare wood.
A small amount of Psycho Paint® is mixed with the same brown, and a touch of black Silc Pig® added. This time very little solvent is added. The pattern of the rattlesnake is 'mapped out' using the pigmented Psycho Paint® and an artists brush.
Several layers of black brown and white pigmented Psycho Paint® create the details that bring the rattlenake to life!
Finished Dragon Skin® Rattlesnake painted with Psycho Paint®
The ability to achieve variations in color and opacity with silicone rubber and silicone paint, enables artists to achieve highly realistic effects.
The eyes on the rattlesnake were made from Crystal Clear® 202 and Cast Magic® powders.