If you recognize this thing, you probably play Skyrim to much. This is a weapon rack that can be found in most interior locations in the video game, Elder Scrolls: Skyrim. This was sort of a side project I decided to do because I am waiting on a shipment of materials to make a steel dagger from Skyrim with. I thought to myself, when the dagger is built it would be cool to display it. What better way to display a Skyrim dagger than with a wall mounted weapon rack from the actual game?
By now, if you are a die hard Skyrim player, you have probably realized that this rack is not to scale. Correct, I didn’t want to make a giant, heavy, expensive one that could hold a great sword. However, if you wanted to, you totally could.
This is self hardening clay that you don’t need to bake. The plan was to shape it, let it dry and since it is black clay I could just paint it with acrylic silver to get the metal affect. A horrible plan indeed.
Unfortunately this clay’s package lied when it said minimal shrinkage. It shrank severely and cracked into a few pieces as well. Another thing about clay is that it is heavy and dirty, so I decided to use the pieces to make a mold and cast plastic from (also a first for me).
The stuff below is Smooth-On OOMOO 30. It is a medium grade silicone mold compound. Its an equal parts mix with a 6 hour cure time.
Now the only reason I actually knew how to do this is by taking a class on casting and molding and watching tutorials online. If you want to do this you should study up because it is expensive and very easy to screw up if you don’t know the basics. A good source of info is www.smooth-on.com. They have tons of tutorials on various products that are extremely helpful.
I have the silicone so I needed the plastic. I chose Smooth-On Smooth-Cast 305 because it was simply in stock at the store. Also an equal parts mix, Its light weight, durable, and cures in 30 minutes. The down side is that it turns bright white but paint can fix that. Next I needed a mold box.
There is a billion ways to make a mold box but a cheap, one time way is this. I traced a box around the broken pieces onto some foam board and glued foam board walls around it. In order to make sure no silicone escapes you have to really hot glue the hell out of it. I used tape around it just for some reinforcement. Next I glued the pieces to the base of the box,mixed and poured the silicone.
By some miracle the silicone stayed in but I hit a bit of a snag. I did not have enough silicone to cover the pieces and you need at least a half inch layer over the top. The store ran out of OOMOO 30 so I took and gamble and used 25 which is a weaker silicone but it was a one time mold so I wasn’t worrying about tearing it.
This is what I got. You can see two colors because OOMOO 30 is purple and 25 is teal blue. It is dirty because I did not spray sealer on the clay. Since clay is porous it will stick to the silicone. Not a huge deal it just needed cleaning.
There you have it. Come back in a couple of weeks or so for an update on the Skyrim steel dagger. As always, questions and comments are welcome. Use the contact page or comment form. As always… shut up nerds!