Hi, people. Found this forum today and it's awesome
I need your help to start my new project. I'm going to make 15-20 bayonets or knives for me and my airsoft mates. We are not allowed to carry the real ones on the field and they are expensive. I know how to make silicon molds, because I cloned some models some years ago, so I thought of making a first knife out of some material and then clone it.
It should look like this:
The upper one from here
I'll have to do it from scratch, and I do not own the original, but I can get the exact measurings.
I think I'll make it in three pieces. I'll make first of all the blade. And it will be longer than the visible part so that a part of it goes through the black piece and the handle.
The second piece would be the black part that attaches to the muzzle. Should have a wide hole so that the blade goes through it.
The third piece (or.. well... fourth and fifth) is the handle. I thought to make it as two pieces that contain the end of the blade like a bread. This piece includes the last black part at the end, which I don't want to replicate and will be the same orange/bakelite colour as the rest of the handle since it will be the same part.
This is my idea but if someone can help I will appreciate it
Well, my most important questions are:
1) Which materials to use for the first one. I thought of making the handle out of wood, but I don't now what to use for the other parts (some plastic?).
2) Which resin to use to cast the "copies". They should be very durable, so that they don't break if we fall or hit something. They also have to be somehow flexible to not to be dangerous.
3) How to give them colour. In the case of the blade I was thinking of adding metal pigments to the resin, and black ones for the black part. What would you do with tha handle? Is it easy to recreate the bakelite look? How?
go to the smooth on web site theres loads of "how to" demos you should be able to find something there and it will tell you the materials to use.
i would sugest makeing the master have a thicker blade that a real knife, the problem being if you have the replica blade to thin it will wabble about and look silly or if you use a stiffer urathane so it doesnt wabble chances are it would still be dangerous or snap.
i hope that helps