|duncan webster||22/10/2019 18:44:04|
2290 forum posts
We have a small statue of Gandalf as a garden ornament, stands about 18" tall made from some kind of plastic. It is hollow, varies between about 1/16 and 3/16 thick. SWMBO managed to knock it off the table and smash it to bits (thank the Lord it wasn't me). I've araldited it back together and filled the bits which couldn't be rescued with car body filler, but it is still riddled with cracks. Next step is to fill it with some kind of gloop which will set and re-inforce the structure. I reckon I need a pint or so, must not shrink on setting or it will be loose, neither expand or it will burst him asunder. Anyone got any suggestions.
|342 forum posts|
How about using plaster of paris ? I have used it on ceramic statues and works well. Not sure how good on plastic.. Maybe use an etch primer first to help it adhere.
|Ian Skeldon 2||22/10/2019 19:20:48|
|414 forum posts|
Epoxy resin with fine fibreglass matting chopped into very small pieces?
|Neil Wyatt||22/10/2019 20:29:35|
16927 forum posts
You have my sympathy if your wife can prevail where a balrog failed...
Aliphatic glue works well on similarly constructed meerkats (long story...) but it's too late now.
Expanding polyurethane will work as long as you keep it vented, as it's very liquid when first introduced.
|old mart||22/10/2019 20:32:51|
|962 forum posts|
Get one like this, she won't be able to knock it over.
|Brian Oldford||22/10/2019 21:00:48|
596 forum posts
G26 two part resin.
|pgk pgk||22/10/2019 21:03:01|
|1499 forum posts|
It's often a question of what's to hand. Waterproof PVA swilled inside then stuff gently with newspaper or old rag bits soaked in the same.
|946 forum posts|
Chuck it away n get a noo one
|Graham Stoppani||22/10/2019 21:36:10|
40 forum posts
Builders expanding Foam Filler such as this?
|Jeff Dayman||22/10/2019 21:59:41|
|1696 forum posts|
Once it's back together and smoothed up, make a sand mould and cast a second one in aluminum! No more delicate resin.
Only half kidding, you could do a wood form box and make a plaster mould or a wax mould (one time use) and cast a new G in concrete or urethane casting resin. A "core" of capped plumbing pipe held in the mould could be used to reduce material amount needed.
|David Standing 1||22/10/2019 22:43:49|
|1281 forum posts|
Builders fizzy foam is definitely the answer!
4851 forum posts
The foam might well burst it apart. Don't try to fill it 100%. Do like clay statues and chocolate bunnies. Pour a limited amount of resin or some such in, swill it around and pour the rest out (into some other mould). Allow to dry and maybe repeat but only to build up a thinnish layer inside, not a completer fill.
|Speedy Builder5||23/10/2019 07:22:12|
|1865 forum posts|
I have a similar problem, my "Little girl" made of cast cement around about 1900 lost an arm, a leg, head dropped off and fingers on the good arm have frost bite. I have re-modeled with modeling clay, and am about to purchase molding rubber etc, then cast in bronze epoxy. "She" sounds about the same size as Gandalph. She was my grandmothers pond 'nymph', then lived with my aunt at her pond, then with my mother at her pond - and guess what, this winter's project is to make a pond !!
|Neil Wyatt||23/10/2019 14:15:42|
16927 forum posts
Baby Jesus in our nativity set has his left foot replaced with an epoxy putty prosthetic. Similar surgery restored one of the angels to flight-ready status.
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