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GreenStuffSculpting 03-31-10 08:15 PM

Making a Miniature Cooker
 
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You've done some converting, or put down the foundation layer of Green Stuff on your armature, and now the long 24 hour wait for the Green Stuff to cure is here... or is it. There are going to be some of you out there that are very similar to me, very impatient. If I have an idea, I want it to come into fruition straight away and get frustrated if it doesn't, nothing is more true than when I've used Green Stuff. It's for this reason I have made myself a miniature cooker.

The benefits of the cooker is that it reduces the curing time of Green Stuff from 20-24 hours to between 1-2 hours, which you'll agree is a much better time scale. The project is amazingly easy to do, and took me 5 minutes from start to finish, how's that for a quick and easy? You could do this while waiting for your porridge to be cooking.

For the project you'll need a container that either has a foil lining within it (there is a famous crisp brand that comes in a tube, or there is the example I use, or something similar) to reflect the heat to the miniature, or you can use a tin can, like a baked bean tin. As you'll can see I opted out of using a metal variant for ease of cutting and because I'd forget that it's pretty hot and grab onto it.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_l7_7D9El_qg/S6...Cooker%201.jpg

Once you've found a suitable cooking container you'll need to mark out with a pen a square/rectangle, this is going to be your window to place your miniature in side or take it out. You don't need draw out this lines, but I find it easier to follow lines when cutting with a Dremel.So once you have your window drawn out, get cutting with whatever tool you wish to use, as mentioned I've used a Dremel, but I'm sure with a bit of care a steak or stanley knife could be used for such a task, just take your time if using a knife as I don't want people severing fingers.
http://lh4.ggpht.com/_l7_7D9El_qg/S6...Cooker%202.jpg
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http://lh3.ggpht.com/_l7_7D9El_qg/S6...Cooker%206.jpg
So you've now cut out your window, clean away any frayed cardboard and foil that may be clinging to the edges of where you have cut. That is basically it for the cut, the only other thing to do is get a lamp that will produce enough heat to cure the Green Stuff. If you have a look around the Internet there are a number of different bulb suggestions ranging from 15 watts to 40 watts. It does seem that anyway over 40 watts is more than likely to have a negative affect and literally cook the Green Stuff and creating something that resembles Stay Puft Green Marshmallow Man. Curing times will probably vary depending on the watt bulb you use, but anything that drastically reduces the 20 hour curing time to no ill effect has to be good. Right?
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_l7_7D9El_qg/S6...Cooker%204.jpg
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http://lh6.ggpht.com/_l7_7D9El_qg/S6...Cooker%205.jpg
I don't actually have a model that needs speed curing at the moment, but the miniature above gives a good representation of how one would look inside the cooker, you'll also note how much room is in a cooker of this size, so a number of models can be cured at once.

Until next time, happy cooking!

-Green Stuff Sculpting


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