I was down at a not so local craft store the other day looking and pricing supplies for a different project and came across these clockwork molds in the glass department. They are used to make powdered glass jewelry items (instructions mention something about freezing and microwaving?). I thought they looked like something I could use so I picked them up. The package comes with four small square molds. Two of them consist of gears and a clock face while the others, not shown, have wings, keys and a lock. The firmness of the mold is less rigid than LINKA molds yet not as “squishy” as Hirst Arts molds. So I took the bait, brought them home and messed with them a bit over the weekend.
First I gave them a coat of black spray paint as a primer, followed by gold spray and a dip in a black ink wash. These look good as is for an antiquated clockwork project.
I am planning something a little more ancient, more of a lost civilization time frame for these. I poured out some dark turquoise and emerald-green paint making sure not to mix them.
Next, using the spongy materials that many miniatures are packaged with, I took some hemostats (tweezers also work fine here) and dipped it in the unmixed paint and dappled the casts.
I followed this with some blacks and rust:
Lastly, I used a dry brush of bronze to tone everything back down and sealed with a satin clear coat.
Interestingly enough the new 1 inch bases that were included in the Bones II Kickstarter package fit perfectly on the clock face and would make a fantastic health counter or condition marker for miniatures. Unfortunately it isn’t the size I’m using for my skirmish armies.
Maybe a Father Time turn counter?
The wings, although limited in use, can add a nice flair to some terrain pieces. I used both sets, adding my own cracks by scraping an awl across them, on this pedestal and finished it up with paint, flock and autumn leaves made from Birch seed husks.
Now to figure what do do with all the gears. Hmm…time to go rummage the parts boxes and see what we can come up with.