Friday, August 6, 2010

Body Double Tests

With my order of laser etched leather just about to be placed, I wanted to do some final experimentation with Smooth-On's "Body Double" silicone. It's a brush on silicone that cures in just a few minutes, and based on ALL of my tests so far is just fantastic.

What I wanted to determine is the best application technique, in order to make sure I minimize bubbles and maximize detail retention.

To that end, I applied the stuff to my leather sample using three different techniques. I used a stipple technique on one sample, a "goop on" strategy with another (meaning that I applied it in heavy brush strokes), a thin brush strokes approach.

As of this writing, I have not yet peeled the tests up, so I cannot give you the results. However, based on previous tests I ran, it seems not to matter which application technique I use, as all of them seem to yield great results. Which is really fantastic, by the way. I will post the results when I have them.

Also, some VERY exciting news on the horizon, though I am loathe to post it until it is confirmed for sure. But it could literally be a "game changer" for this project, and will definitely eliminate a lot of guesswork in some upcoming efforts. I'm very excited, and hope to know more within a few days. Stay tuned!!

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