Having successfully built my Groot bust, there was only one choice for what to do next... Baby Groot.
This was a lot easier than I expected and the main body was constructed within a couple of hours.
So Mix tape on. Here we go....
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Step 1: Materials and Main Body
I normally list the materiels needed in a separate step, but given that you only need tin foil, hot glue, modelling clay and fiberglass resin. It seemed overkill to list in there own step.
To build the main trunk, simply tear off and twist tin foil to make the stem sections. Combine these together wrapping them around as needed. Refer to the many images available for design. The arms are made from two or three tightly twisted branches of tin foil. For the hands, make the thumb from short section of tightly twisted foil. The fingers were the same except they were forded into a v shape for each finger and then glued in place along with another v for the other two fingers.
Step 2: Head
This was my first attemp at using modelling clay. Basically I didn't want to use too much, so I formed the basic head shape with tin foil and then covered the front with clay. I kept adding pieces to form the chin, nose, cheek and eyed brow. A cocktail stick was used to excavate the eye socket.
Two small balls of clay were used for the eyes and just pressed into place.
The mouth was carved and shaped using the cocktail stick.
The head was then hot glued onto the body and more tightly twisted foil applied to form the crown and neck branches.
Step 3: Hardening and Preperation
I bought a pot from local hardware store and then cut a cardboard disk to mount the body. The trunk was hot glued to this and tin foil was used to give the soil effect.
I then mixed up a small amount of fiberglass resin. This was applied over the whole model and base.
PLEASE PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU WERE APPROPRIATE PROTECTION. FIBERGLASS RESIN IS EXTREME HARMFUL SO GET A RESPIRATOR AND WEAR GLOVES.
The model was allowed to cure and a second coat applied.
Once fully cured the model was given a coat of primer.
Step 4: Paint and Finish
As with the Groot bust, I applied a black wash over the model to give a definition to the recessed areas.
I then dry brushed the colours in dark to light, using a combination of greens, yellow, blue and red
The eyes were initially painted white with a black inner section.
Step 5: Final Thoughts
This has been a reallty sucessful project and alot easier than expected.
Can't beleive how well it has turned out, especially as its just tin foil. The resin is really strong and is probaly more durable than a clay model, especially on the fingers.
I bought a £1.50 pot for it to sit in, and overall the project only cost a few pouinds (even if you have to get clay, tin foil resin and paint, it still costs less than £10 and you'll have plenty of resin for the next project.
My only slight critisim is tyhe hair / crown which i think could have been slightly better.
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