Cutting out the pattern!
Cutting out the pattern!
So I glued a layer of 6mm craft foam to the fluke with an edge that measured around 1/2 inch. That way if I bump anyone they wont. Get stabbed with plastic. Then I covered that with a complete layer of paintable latex to waterproof it. I chose paintable because mixing pigment into silicone is time consuming. You get more freedom by free painting. :)
So my phone decided to die. I did a system restore and lost all of my progress photos! Oh noes! I’ll post what I have now, but ill have to explain the in between steps I’m missing.
I tested the monofin out today and everything was amazing! The polystyrene plastic bends so fluidly…it swims like a dream! The only problem is the silicone did not bond to the plastic,but dis to the fiberglass. I may just overlook this and continue as planned because I really don’t see anything being able to glue this type of plastic together. :/
Sealing the seams with silicone and attaching the swimshoes. I got the shoes at Walmart about a year ago. Get a size too small because you want a super tight fit and I suggest getting ones with Velcro secures. If you can find ones with Velcro straps, they are easy to make for cheap. I secured the shoes with a mix of e6000 and common silicone. Fill sides after glue sets with more silicone. Let sit for 48hrs to ensure the silicone is dry all the way through. After that you can swim in this. Its not finished being decorated, but this is a perfectly functional monofin.
On a side note, I got this month’s Loot Crate today! Awesome stuff this time around. The theme was Adventure and we got some really cool LOZ, minecraft, and Adventure Time stuff. Not to mention some cool stickers from Markiplier and Captain Sparkles :3…… and dat shirt doe…….Very happy with this box.
After cutting you have 4 pieces in total. Like the two polystyrine pieces between the fiberglass like a sandwitch. This secures the two sides together and creates propulsion.
Now to begin cutting. Wear proper PPE. Make sure you buy a mask designed for fiberglass because the fumes and tiny particles will give you a monster lung infection. Goggles are a must too. Wear long clothes because the fiberglass will stick to your sweat and make you itch badly. Stay safe.
I got my Winn rotary tool off Amazon for $50 last year. I like it, but if you plan on using it a lot I would suggest paying the extra money for a bigger brand name. Its defective and it scares me LOL.
Transfer new pattern to fiberglass base. I got this. Ginormous piece for under $20 at home depot. I’ve used it once for my previous tail so unjust following the lines.
I’ve gotten two tote lids for the polycarbonate plastic. Transfer the fluke pattern to the plastic. Cut out the propulsion piece.