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How should I make a right side wing using only the left side? Answered

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I have a little ceramic figurine. IT'S LEFT wing (opposite of one shown) is broken and has been lost. Now, I want to somehow use IT'S RIGHT wing (pictured) to make another left wing for it, through casting, molding, clay baking, using foam or whatever. I don't have access to anything high tech. Basically foam, clay, etc. but no molten metals or anything.
Any ideas? I mean, it would seem simple enough to just make a mould with the existing wing and use it as a mold to make a new one, but the wings are obviously mirror images of each other, so not only are they on the opposite side, they're sort of reflected.
Here is the wing I have, I need to create the other.

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Toga_Dan (author)2017-02-20

1 way is with oven hardening clay. Sculpt in place at the break . after firing it it already has the right fit. Now it can be glued.

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macgyverunigrad (author)2017-02-20

Thanks! All great answers. Thing is, I'd prefer to make it myself rather than
have it 3D printed. If we were to 3D print everything then this website
would be called 3DPrintables ;p I'll try plaster or clay by hand.
Ideally, I would like to make a mould of the existing wing and
invert the mould to make it suitable for the right wing, then cast the
mould and voila. That's really what I was asking. Sorry, I should have been more clear/specific. I'm not sure what material to make the mould out of, how to invert the mould to make it suitable for the other wing, and then what to cast with. Any ideas?

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The only way of getting a negative copy of your wing without using pics and software is to create a very thin silicone mold and to fold it inside out when cured.
Problem is that the copy will be smaller and thinner than the original - by as much as the mold is thick.
Getting a smooth surface is the other problem.
As I said before without a 3D printed part to make the mold of you will have a hard time.

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Jack A Lopez (author)2017-02-20

Fake it. Just make your right wing out of folded paper, approximately the same shape and color, except made out of folded paper. Then tape or glue it in place.

Looking at it from far away, no one will be able notice the difference.

Then the paper wing can serve as a place holder, until you, or someone else, figures out the way to make a more perfect replica wing.

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Toga_Dan (author)2017-02-19

low tech solution: photocopy the wing, trace the back of the page and transfer the pattern to whatever ya carve it from. How're your sculpting skills?

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Downunder35m (author)2017-02-19

You would either need someone gifted enough to do a hand job or you need to create a 3D model.
There is good software that does that from a bunch of photos, or a laser scanner would work great too on white ceramics.
Once you have a cleaned and accurate 3D model you cut the wing out and mirror it.
Now it is either having someone with a 3D printer or using an online service to get it printed.
From there you can make a wax or silicone mold so you can cast it in plaster.
If you want to glaze it I recommend using ceramic and an oven according to the instructions for the ceramics.

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Josehf Murchison (author)2017-02-19

3D Printing take pictures invert the pictures to create a 3D image.

Try 123D printing.


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