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MIND OF THE MASONS LLC. mindofthemasons.com/
Licensed in the State of Colorado and City of Brighton! Took a bit longer than we had hoped, mostly by our own accord but nevertheless, we took care of the legals!
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MindoftheMasons
Joshua - Bethany - Mykel
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United States
Current Residence: Brighton, CO
Favorite style of art: Abstract and Concept Art mixed with Bold Graphics!
MP3 player of choice: iPod or Smartphones (Pandora/Spotify)
Favorite cartoon character: Michelangelo
Favorite Quote: Cowabunga Dude!
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KANAR1ENV0GEL Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I have a question to ask.

Since you do Munny customs, do you know anything about ways to put things like sculpted ears or tails or anything on Munnyworld figures in polymer clay and well, getting the clay hardened without damaging the Munny? (Since I'm afraid of the oven melting the plastic or something.)

I have some Super Sculpey and wanted to try Munnyworld customs with sculpted parts, is there another way to do this without sculpting the parts separate and gluing them on? (I have an idea to make a Raffy into a wolf character but that will require sculpting.)

Do you know or would I have to ask someone else?
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MindoftheMasons Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
My apologies for the delayed response :P

There are a few ways you can get the clay to harden, specifically referring to Super Sculpey. I find that is probably the best sculpting material for Munnys. I either use my heat gun, lowest setting and hovering about 6 - 8 inches away from the sculpt. It allows me to have a bit more control of where the heat is being applied, with many of my robots I have plastic parts which I wouldn't want to melt from the oven or heat gun. 

The other method is the oven, I have NEVER had a Munny head melt or become damaged. Always stick with my 275 degrees for 15 minutes. If the clay is pretty damn thick, it will most likely require longer heating to make it harden properly, so if that is the case, I'd bust out the heat gun. :D

I've read about people boiling the sculpts in water, personally, I don't think use that method but I'm sure you can find it somewhere on the Kidrobot forum, I think that's where I found some info back in the day. 

Hope that helps a bit.
- Joshua
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KANAR1ENV0GEL Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Alright.

I have some more questions though...

What temperature and time setting would you recommend since I think my oven heats about 20 degrees off (as in, 20 degrees hotter than what the thermometer on it says).

I was looking into other sculpt material options as well, and do you think epoxy putty would be good to use since it requires no oven?
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MindoftheMasons Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If your oven is a bit off it's always safe to lower the temp and time. I've always been able to tell if sculpey wasn't ready from when I have gone to sand it. Generally after I bake the sculpey/Munny in the oven, let it cool, I'll give it a nice sanding. During this process if you don't see nice fine dust forming from the sandpaper, more of a chunky or smeared effect, you know you need to bake it longer. This is when a heat gun comes into play quite nicely. 

A lot of what I just mentioned above can be directly related to the thickness of the clay. If I baked something a couple centimeters thick, it would harden in a very short amount of time vs. half an inch think. Trial and Error my friend... :D

Magic Sculpt is a product I used to use that didn't require you to bake anything. It would just harden on it's own which is fantastic. The down side of this product as well as I think the epoxy putty you mentioned, they don't have a lengthy work time. They start to dry up faster or become tacky. I used Magic Sculpt for about 5 or so robots, it worked out fairly well but I much rather stick with Super Sculpey and either use a heat gun or oven. Personal opinion though, I know plenty of artists that prefer working with the self hardeners. There are some tips you can find on the web for a longer work time with these materials too...I've heard Vaseline works well too, never used it though since I've primarily used sculpey. 
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MittenNinja Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
Thanks for the watch!
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MindoftheMasons Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For show! Love your Lego Mechs, lol definitely gave new light on my childhood toys. Shouldn't say childhood, I still have a crazy amount of legos in the house haha. I tell myself they'll be for my son and hopefully for his son as if it's an important legacy that these blocks need to be passed down through the ages. 

In any case, the other night I spent that evening checking out the majority of your gallery and was impressed. Keep it up and continue having fun with it...that is after all what they are meant for!
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MittenNinja Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Thanks man! They're even better because they are for a tabletop game called Mobile Frame Zero! Not only do you get to build cool Lego bots, but you get to stomp them around and fight with em too!
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MindoftheMasons Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I've read about that game before. Didn't really understand what it was at first but if you can build your own Lego Mechs, it sounds awesome already lol. 
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nukefox1 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job on those figures
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MindoftheMasons Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Keeps us busy :D
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