Matt 'Lunartik' Jones is a multi-media artist, painter, sculptor, illustrator, curator, teacher, sticker fanatic, toy designer and long term customer of ours.
Matt has just finished his second workshop guide Plastik Surgery Handbook - Level 2 showing you how to make a resin Art Toy using the 'Split Tooling' method.
The book takes you through the process:
concept drawing > sketch modelling > master modelling >silicone tooling > resin casting.
All clearly explained and wonderfully illustrated.
The book is available here: Plastik Surgery Handbook - Level 2
Many creative arts students will be model making from home more than ever this year to supplement any workshop time they can get. We have provided various University courses with the tools and materials recommended by their workshop staff to complete their coursework.
A typical example is the Manchester School of Architecture who we provided the following items to each student: A3 cutting mat, safety rule, scalpel, scalpel blade remover, engineers square, PVA glue, masking tape, greyboard, foamboard, balsa sheet and clear PVC sheet.
We have gathered the common items from various requests to make up a Working from Home 'bundle' for £23.
We also have 4D gift vouchers if you want someone to allow someone to pick individual items.
We have a new website service from our Scenics Team BUILD-A-TREE where you can create your own model trees from our stock of armatures and texture colours.
The simple website tool allows you to choose your:
This puts 3,236 model tree options at your fingertips!
PLEASE NOTE: There is a one off set up charge added to each order of £13.60 inc VAT
Trees will typically be made within 3 working days of the order.
*Standard tree shape is a generic deciduous tree shape, narrow is tall & thin like a Lombardy Poplar
Standard Etched Sheets are one of our oldest range of 4D products. They are scale detailing photo etched on a brass sheet. The range includes figures, fencing, railing, chairs and plants.
We asked Alison, from our talented Scenics Team, to make up our 1:12-1:50 etched plants sheet. This is how she went about it.
This film is a graduation project by Emine Oktay from the excellent University of Arts London (UAL) Production Arts for Screen [Technical Arts] course.
We supplied with various animation products for her film ‘OTOKRAT’ (meaning autocrat in Turkish) including the Anibild Two Intermediate Armature Kits required to make the puppets in the film.
Emine explains how she used the kits:
'While the half-sized characters need to remain static and the ‘birth mother’ needs to be bolted down for filming logistics, the other two need to be as flexible and accurate in movement as possible'.
This is why 4D Modelshop kindly provided me with their Anibild Two Intermediate Kits. Ball and socket armatures are industry standard, allowing for durability and precision while filming, so I was really excited to give them a go.
Although the kits arrive with standard human proportions, it only took a few modifications and making of new parts to alter them into my own design. Once modified and glued together with the thread locker glue, I could then start the build-up method of puppet making. Sculpting snip foam and attaching them to the armature with Impact adhesive, to then sew two layers of both felt and tulle.
The construction of all of these puppets took roughly 6 weeks and they are now ready for filming.'
Iain and his team in our Photo Etching Workshop have developed a way of controlling the depth of etching. This means we can achieve a much higher definition even on the thicker gauges of metal, where over etching is an intrinsic problem.
We took the same artwork and made 2 etchings in 0.9mm brass. The brass has to pass through the etching machine enough times to etch through the lattice areas. In traditional etching, the half etch areas start etching sideways with all the extra passed needed.
You can see the 'blurring' of the text in the first three images.
The next 3 images show how Iain has prevented further etching in the half etch areas, preserving the definition of the letters.
This level of definition was only achievable on the thinnest of metals before.
Iain & his team can also produce etchings without the need for tabbing, this is especially useful for small and intricate parts.
With the trend to shop exclusively online, we'd like to make the case for taking the time to visit our East London store.
Our staff, carefully selected for their knowledge, are on-hand to offer advice. They can present the different options available to help you with your project.
You can handle & compare products, as well as discover materials you never knew existed.
If you are after model trees, all are unique, so you can select & see how different species look together.
Around the shop you'll find product displays, modelmaking guides & information downloads, model displays including our staff created 'Make a Scene' mini dioramas.
We have a noticeboard where you can find jobs, events & even put up your business card.
Lastly, you recieve a friendly, personal service.
... so, it you can make it down to our shop, we're sure you'll find the experience beneficial in many ways!
Open Mon - Fri 9am - 6pm, Sat 9:15am - 6pm
t: 020 7264 1288