Hidronax

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  1. Awesome work! I was just wondering if there was a way to add custom bricks to LDD. With Stud.io going on now, we could add some of the new parts. I've also been making some custom parts, so I'd be interested in the process to add parts into LDD. What tools and process do you follow? (I apologise if it's already been explained, I looked through some pages but I couldn't find anything related)
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    Resin casting and color matching

    I see! I would like to reproduce the Bionicle masks and pieces in the original LEGO colors though, I'm not sure how that could help... Well I am interested mainly in parts that only have axle and pin holes, nothing more complex than that... Yeah ball joints would be very tricky to obtain. Yeah, matching colors seems something that would take a very long time to fine tune, without a starting point...
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    Resin casting and color matching

    Do you mean melting the parts in an oven and have the liquid ABS to drip into the mold?
  4. Hi all! Lately I am more and more intrigued by trying to make my own silicone molds for LEGO parts (mostly Bionicle) and make resin casts. I have had a look online and there's some good tips and tutorials. This is an "old but gold" tutorial about how to make molds for lego hairpieces and helmets, I remember it from many years ago, but now sadly the images have gone missing. Has anyone tried, and has experience to share? In particular brands of silicone and resin to use. Another important thing will be trying to match as much as possible original LEGO colors. Does anyone have some experience to share on that regard? It would be very helpful! Some people got very nice results but I doubt they'd want to share their secrets :P I have never attempted silicone casting, so I only know what I could read online :) Thanks for your help!
  5. To remove decals, just use a normal eraser on the lego piece. It's mad but it does work, just be persistent. If there's elements you want to keep, mask them with some tape. I was able to remove individual small details from some lego heads.
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    Spray Paint Color Matching

    Thanks Wardancer, that's pretty much what I was hoping for. I've seen online that some people got very very good results, but I guess they all used an airbrush. Maybe I'll look into it, I'll see if a cheap airbrush can do the job, and if I need a large space to use it. Thanks for the help everybody :)
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    Spray Paint Color Matching

    I'd be doing from spray cans, because I couldn't justify the cost of an airbrush at the moment... It gets much more tricky because I can't mix colours like this. I've tried these two cans for gold and silver, the quality of the paint seems quite good (the paint covers well the base color, the coating seems quite resistant and the detail is intact), it's just the color that is a bit off. In particular the fact that they're a bit "sparkly". I'm attaching some photos of the results and of the cans. At the moment I am working with Bionicle parts, so in a way they're not subject to the same conditions as bricks, but being quite big it is easy to get scratches maybe (from the weapons held by the character etc). I'll share results if I have more, I'll probably get a clear protective spray too. Compairson Paint used
  8. Hello! I recently bought a 3D printer and I am trying to make my own custom Lego pieces. Spray paint sticks to the custom pieces quite well, but it's being hard for me to find the right colors to match the LEGO ones. Can anyone recommend brands of spray paint for specific colors? Or maybe techniques used? I'm looking in particular for Flat Dark Gold and Flat Silver, but I'd be interested in any color you have experience with, for future reference. Thanks everybody, hopefully this topic can become a little database for people in my situation.
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    [REQUEST] LEGO Dye Color Guide

    Yeah, that sounds sensible. I was hoping I could use someone else's experience without to make my own. Well, matching the exact colour with 3D printing would be just as hard as painting/dyeing to be fair, and the quality of the piece would be noticeably inferior (in both looks and durability). Making silicone casts like user Socketball's Custom Masks on Instagram can get you satisfactory results, but it's a much more tricky technique to master, especially if the piece you want to make is not a mask. Also of course, making silicone molds requires expertise/experience, time, space, materials and a fairly big investment. The silicone and resins are quite expensive, especially because you can pretty much only bulk buy, and to get the best results you also need a pressure pot, which is more $$$. I like Bionicle, but only to a certain extent :D
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    [REQUEST] LEGO Dye Color Guide

    Oh... I hoped dyeing could be the closest thing to having the elements in a different colour... Maybe I will just try painting or, more likely, give up. Since it's discontinued pieces that I'd like to recolour, I don't have many I can experiment with. I wish Lego gave us the chance to buy pieces in new colours, they kind of have a responsibility since they're the only ones who can produce these pieces.
  11. Hello everybody, I'd like to recolor some Bionicle pieces to make some 2003 style Matorans (Kongu, Tamaru, Onepu, Damek). However, because there are socket balls articulations involved, I thought it might be better to dye the parts instead of painting them. I've seen some videos about dyeing LEGO using Rit dye (this video was most helpful). I was wondering, though, if anybody ever made a guide on how to obtain results as close to the actual LEGO colors as possible (brands, ratio dye/water, timing etc). I'm mostly interested in Teal, Purple (the old one, prior to 2004) and Lime, but I think any information would be interesting for the community. Thanks!
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    LEGO Elves 2017 Discussion

    I see, thank you for the first-hand information! :)
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    LEGO Elves 2017 Discussion

    I took a look at his deviantART page, it looks very plausible (the style is very similiar). Thank you :)
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    LEGO Elves 2017 Discussion

    Hello! I thought I might as well ask it here before opening a topic: Does anyone know who is the artist who made the promotional art for LEGO Elves? I wasn't able to find the name on the internet. Thanks!