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My attempt at painting camo with no airbrush. Not what I imagined, but it was fun to do! Love these Cada molds! They always perform so well!!
 

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Whew! Big run the last two days! Probably won’t make more until next week. But I’ve got so many new molds I want to use! I do t often do repeats, but I did a few customer favorites this round. And everything has rainbows!! My hands are tired though!
 

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Couldn’t wait to test this one. This mold was a special request I ask just fairy dizzies to make. Used up some older embed powder and I’m surprised how pale it was. You can probably tell it’s the colors on the top and left. These floated really well co sideri g they only dried for 24 hrs!
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How can you do all that while still being weak from covid? You should be resting. These are amazing, but still, your health is so much more important than all this. If I could hug you I would.
 
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How can you do all that while still being weak from covid? You should be resting. These are amazing, but still, your health is so much more important than all this. If I could hug you I would.
This is the first of anything I’ve made in two weeks. It felt great to finally do something! I was pooped afterwards though. Finally testing clear, and I’ll be back at my day job this week. So, I’m happy to have some product ready to paint.
 
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These are such a PIB to paint. But they’re worth it! The giant one is the first vacuum form mold I bought about a year ago. I packed it so full, it was almost a pound, and it sunk like a rock! I thought I’d try it again with the things I’ve learned since then. Pressing just a thin layer into the details and then lightly packing the rest. I’m wondering if it’ll float. The small ones are the 4” version and the large one is 6”. Small weighs 5oz, large weighs 15oz.
 

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My new airbrush came today and I’m shocked at how much better it was than my cheaper model!! It was an actual joy to use, instead of constant frustration. It was how I’d always thought airbrushing should be, instead of the chore it’d become! I’m so excited that I can actually practice enough to get better now, instead of constantly battling with my machine. My old machine didn’t even airbrush, it sputter brushed! And the coverage is so even and smooth! I’m super stoked with my purchase!!
 

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Had a hard time with the manatee tails and the flare on the hair dryer. They kept wanting to break at the narrow part. But my mix was fairly workable. With a real soft touch I was able to push them back together. I keep working on them as they hardened and separated again. Now they seem fused finally. But they’ll probably be weak in that narrow bit. Gonna have to figure out how to make those narrow joints stronger without packing the mold too hard so they sink.
Tested the cute zombie mold with my left over bits.
And used the skulls when the pink started getting dry because the hair dryers took so long.
 

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My new Iwata airbrush is such a massive improvement over my previous Masters that it’s hard to even imagine that I painted anything with the previous one! I was able to do the black without using a guide or anything and the lines are really decent! It’s an actual joy to work with, highly recommend!!!
The green coming out was supposed to be black. Black is challenging, but I think I’ll get it better next time.
packing the handles on this design was an issue, as well as the nozzle of the hairdryer. Both wanted to crack. And, I may have tried painting too soon because two fell off. Anyway, here they are. A little dark humor, or not, depending on how you interpret them.
First time trying to paint cheetah spots.
 

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Had a hard time with the manatee tails and the flare on the hair dryer. They kept wanting to break at the narrow part. But my mix was fairly workable. With a real soft touch I was able to push them back together. I keep working on them as they hardened and separated again. Now they seem fused finally. But they’ll probably be weak in that narrow bit. Gonna have to figure out how to make those narrow joints stronger without packing the mold too hard so they sink.
 
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These are called: Beach Better Be Ready!
They’re huge! 8.5 oz! Still float great though!!!
Skulls were left over mix from the hair dryers. It was starting to dry out. Put some course salt w a little RA in the mica sample bag with the left over bits of mica. Then let them dry out.
 

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I was wracking my brain trying to figure out how you could make those manatees any better with the air brush, but you managed it! 😍
Thanks for that! It was fun to try and go light. I usually am going for detail and coverage. But having thin mix, full throttle, and keeping the brush at a far distance worked. I really wanted the grey to show through! Minimal is not my strong suit… 😆
 

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