Ok, so After I signed up and got ever so slightly involved in posting and such, I vanished a bit and I'm now eagerly awaiting my complete Fett from Bobamaker (holy cow his stuff is insane!) to go with my complete Vader and eventual application into the 501st for both...and the whole time I've been lurking, reading and learning and being outright amazed by the work you all do. So my wife had hit me with a suggestion. That I try my hand at making custom items of my own for myself and my wife & kids who are also really into the idea of costuming. Now, doing Star Wars related or any other IP related things isn't my goal at all, as I've always been interested in doing my own original types of things.
So I thought that I would hit you guys up in this section for a few quick, general questions so I know where I should be looking in terms of a direction for my goal.
I want to learn how to make fiberglass armor and helms, foam weapons, and latex masks - all my own work from my own noggin. So my question to you all is this....what type of clay do you all suggest I go with to do these things? I have read up and researched to hell how to make silicone molds with a fiberglass support "casing", I've researched on about pulling from molds, how to use the molds, even the coating, but I have yet to really nail down the best type of clay to use to begin this whole process of creating. Through this site and the sticky thread, I have come across two places that seem to be the best : http://www.smooth-on.com/ and what I think seems to be REALLY close to the mark : http://www.monstermakers.com/product...aking-kit.html
Now, in your opinions, do you think that the kit linked from the monstermakers site would be the best for what I'm looking to do? Or would I need to go more specialized for the each. I mean, I know that obviously for fiberglass armor you use fiberglass, latext masks are latex, and foam rubber weapons are foam rubber, but what I mean more is, would that one kit be able to take care of my needs? Is there a specific clay I should be using for a specific type of project or will the things that come in that kit do me just as well?
Thank you all in advance, I really appreciate everything you guys have here and while I may not post much, I lurk like mad and I poke at my wife and my young kids to see all of the fantastic creations and talent in these threads. Thank you!