Post by Supersaurus on Jul 26, 2009 18:32:50 GMT -5
Here're some of the mold parts for my amber rock chunks as seen at the beginning of Jurassic Park in the amber mine. Does anyone have an idea to how the rock skin effect was created on the original props? I'm not sure if a powdered mineral was glued on somehow, or it was just painted?
You can also see in the pic a couple of test eggs for the Hammond cane I'm working on.
Post by Supersaurus on Aug 11, 2009 17:15:04 GMT -5
Craneflies could be a good idea for the amber rocks, but I'd like to at least try a little longer to get hold of those large Elephant mosquitos like in Jurassic Park.
Good news on small mosquitoes though! As well as having a supplier online, I have just fished out a load of moquito larvae from the garden pond which I now have in a container. Once these hatch out, they'll be right in the resin amber eggs... hahahaha! ;D
I'd probably have to freeze them or something first to knock them out. Just one of these critters is capable of producing thousands of eggs so I'll never ever run out!
Here's the stage they're at now:
Another few days and I'll see how they look in a resin egg! ;D I'm not sure what species this is, but I'll assume it's the common house mosquito measuring approx 5 - 6mm body length:
I could do some amber chunks literally packed with these! ;D
Post by jurassicmegafan on Aug 17, 2009 15:14:02 GMT -5
Are you making the amber rocks just like in the film, with the clear jagged piece on top? That seems kinda hard to do. I've seen some amber JP prop replicas on ebay that has a hollowed out part in the rock which is then filled with resin amber. This might be an easier way for you?
Here's a close up pic of the amber mined rock:
"Anybody hear that? It's an impact tremor, that's what it is"
Post by Supersaurus on Dec 10, 2009 16:34:17 GMT -5
Thanks for the ideas! I did think about getting some rock dust and brushing that onto the inside surface of the mould so it gets attached to the resin as a thin skin.
Here's a test sculpt I did of a mined rock. There're two ways of doing this. One is to cast a rock piece in resin or plaster, paint it, then fill in the hole with the amber resin (and bug too of course). The other way is to just cast a large rocky piece with amber clear resin and laminate inside the mold surface some rock dust material to get the covering. Then polish up the window area as desired.
Until I get some rock dust material, I'm going for the 'cast rock in resin/plaster' technique. This seems to be the method favoured by fan prop builders.
The area for the amber pour is still plugged up with clay, but I will remove that later. I have placed a small chunk of amber I made alongside the clay sculpt. I like to stick this in the hole as I sculpt to get some idea as to how it might look!
Here's a piece painted and with amber filling. Note the mossie inside! I'm actually not that happy with the results so I will have to do some thinking on how I can improve it and make it look more natural and realistic.