I was recently asked to make a keychain for a client who wanted to commemorate his hunting in South Dakota. I wasn't too sure if I could pull that off, but of course I would try. After creating the keychain I was told I didn't use the right bullet, lol. That just goes to show how little I know about guns and bullets. Oh well, I'll try again...but here is how I did make the original.
I started out with a bullet and hot glued it to the bottom of a 2 oz measuring cup. The bullet was just a bit higher than the cup so ...
... I added some painters tape around the cup and poured my Amazing Mold Rubber. Amazing Mold Rubber is a two part silicon that when mixed together creates a fabulous pliable mold that can be used over and over again. You can view a "how to" video HERE.
Here is just another view of the cup. The process of setting up takes anywhere from 4 to 12 hours depending how small or large your "vessel" is. This set up in a little over 4 hours.
I popped the mold out of the medicine cup and pulled my bullet out. The mold rubber doesn't leave any residue behind and you can use your "vessel" over again.
Then I decided I wanted to make my bullet two toned just like the original so I "painted some silver Alumilite Gun Metal Metallic Powder in the bottom of the mold, followed by some Gold Metallic Powder.
The Amazing Casting Resin is also a two part mixing process
and you can view a video HERE to see how that works.
While the resin is hardening I added a piece of wire half way into the resin and held it with a clothespin while it sets up. It takes about 15 minutes to harden when you add the powders.
Now I needed to create the State of South Dakota and using my cricut and SCAL,
I cut 6 pieces of chipboard and hot glued them together to give them some height.
I laid the bullet over the chipboard and with a pencil,
I drew lines on either side to give it exact width.
and carefully cut it out one layer at a time with my exacto knife
make sure not to cut ALL the way through the chipboard..
Then I molded it with my Amazing Mold Putty.
This again is a 2 part process and you can view the video HERE.
Here is my mold.
... and poured my mold.
I glued the bullet to the well of the resin piece with E6000.
Adding a rhinestone for some bling (maybe to depict where he had hunted) and a chain to create a keychain!
Like I said, after I created the keychain I was told that's not the kind of bullet you use to hunt with, but you get the idea, right? I say it still could work, lol. I will need him to give me the "correct" bullet and try this again! Either way, I now have a wonderful mold of the bullet and the State of South Dakota!
What original keychain would you create? Please leave me a comment and until next time,
have a great day and God Bless.