Ever since I was really little I have wanted to make a mini metal figure, but i didn't think I had the tools. But don't worry, because I have come up with a solution so everyone can cast their own metal figures! This casting method is very cheap, and most of the materials are easy to find in stores. This project reuses some materials that might have been leftover from other builds, to repurpose into this build. So go ahead, start casting your own metal figures!
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
You will need;
- a soldering iron and solder
- a piece of clay
- a safe work space
- materials to clean the clay off the figure when finished (toothpicks work good)
Step 2: Making the Mold
For this step you need to get out your clay, and any tools if you need any to work with the clay. Then, you should make an indent into the clay to look like what you want to cast. You can also press something into the clay that you wish to cast. You will want the molds to be as smooth and accurate as possible, because this is exactly what your finished product will look like.
Step 3: Adding the Metal!!!
This is the step where you will be able to see your project come into place. First you must heat up your soldering iron enough so it can melt the solder. Then, if you have any scrap solder, place it in the mold, without poking it, and melt the scrap. If you do not have enough scrap solder, just use regular solder and melt it into the mold. Every once in awhile, reheat the whole thing to keep it as one piece, not many. Once you are done, wait for it to cool off. (These images are when the metal has cooled)
Step 4: Finishing Touches
Once the metal has cooled off, start breaking off the clay. You might need some cleaning tools to get it off of the final design, toothpicks work great to scrape the clay off. You should now have a mini figure of your own!! Happy building!!!