For anyone who has an avatar they use online, this is one way you can turn it into a 3-d model, to show off round the house or wherever.
This method is old-school modelling, not 3-d printing, so assumes a degree of sculpting ability, but it is a simple method that requires no expensive kit and will give you a completely individual result.
Some useful stuff covered in this instructable is:
- how to recreate a plasticine model as a solid object using a mould and casting method.
- a simple mould-making technique using recycled domestic containers, cardboard and tape
- how silicone latex is a good material for making multi-part moulds as it can be cut into sections to allow the cast to be removed later without it getting stuck
- that hot glue is a useful, quick and durable casting material (essentially a thermosetting plastic that pours)
This example is a custom figure recreated from Twitter profile image (shown left), used by a good friend and colleague of mine who was leaving work. He is a keen collector of custom toys, mostly in vinyl. This was an appropriate leaving present, but this method could be used for anyone you know who has a unique game avatar, etc.
It is roughly based on a munny body shape, but was completely handmade rather than based on a blank toy. It was modelled in plasticine, by eye, from the head featured in the twitter profile image.
Although not realised at the time, the twitter image is actually a detail from a picture of a custom toy:
Frank Kozik’s “The Peoples Soldier". The original toy is a custom toy based on the Monqee Qee platform.
My version was made not having seen the original, and is custom-made to reflect the owner, so had an additional beer glass and characteristic favourite green top and jeans.