Monday, April 9, 2012

A hot tip!

G'day fellow denizens of the delta,

Whilst at home I do have an area upstairs that I can paint and file my hours away, when it comes to gluing, it is definitely out in the garage for that! All that horrid stink and nasty fumes are best outside. Likewise for spraying undercoat, etc.

But even in Melbourne, Australia, we can have the temperature go down to 10ÂșC maximum, which really hampers the rate of setting for glue.

After getting a crick in my neck, I decided to bung a heat pack on it. You know the one that could be a draft stopper for a door - those long cloth tubes filled with some grain. You microwave them and then stick it on your strained muscle. Then I twigged and thought, “well this could work for the metal minis too". I grabbed the smaller one we have, blasted it for some 90 seconds, and put it in a plastic bag [after all, this bag does go on flesh, so I don't want metal residue or glue on me]. Then I sat the miniature I was working on, Wrong Eye the lesser warlock, and used it to heat him up.

Wrong Eye became quite hot to be honest, and so there was no need for more than 90 seconds of microwaving the bag, depending on your microwave power I guess. The glue set at a nice quick rate, and as you can mould the bag how you want, don't have to hold the parts together for an age. Even with ‘awkward to position miniatures that need to be tipped just so if you want gravity to help you glue them' miniatures, you can arrange the bag into a certain manner to help you perch the mini as desired.

As it has been a help to me, I thought to share it so that it will help others, whether it is either the heat or the position that is what they want, if not both. :D

So there you go - heat bags ftw!

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