Here’s a technique I use to make round bases for 25/28 mm miniatures.
Materials and Tools:
• 15/16 x 1 ¾ inch (or 7/8 inch) Zinc Flat Washer
• Polymer clay (black, or your preferance)
• Sculpting tools
• Small textured stone
• Small rolling pin (wooden ok, but silicone preferred)
• Baking tray
• A sheet of paper
Here are some examples of the round bases you can make by following this guide.
Take your 15/16 x 1 ¾ Zinc Flat Washer. A 7/8 inch flat washer will work as well. Beware: 1 inch flat washers tend to be larger than 1 inch.
Place the washer on a non stick surface with the beveled side up. If a non stick surface is not available, then a sheet of paper is fine.
Push the polymer clay into the hole of the washer. Remove any excess clay to form a relatively flat surface at the same height of the washer (this will become the base).
Use a small rolling pin to smooth and flatten the surface of the base.
Notice the excess clay around the base.
Use a sculpting tool to remove any clay that rolls onto the washer. Take a small ball of clay and rub it along the edges and rough parts of clay to smooth it. Gently remove the washer along with the base from your surface to prevent any sticking. Repeat the use of the rolling pin to flatten the clay more and remove excess clay if needed.
You may add texture to base using a small textured stone and/or sculpting tools.
Here, a ball of foil is used to make textures
More examples of textured bases.
Place a sheet of paper on the baking tray and place the base (or bases) on the sheet of paper, then bake per instructions of the polymer clay (placing the sheet of paper on the baking tray prevents the bases from sticking to the surface). After baking and cooling, remove the bases from the washers.
Some of the bases will have a bit of clay protruding from the top. To remove this, push the base through the washer several times forward and backwards. This will remove most of the protrusions. If some still remain, sand if off with sandpaper.
The round bases completed.
Here is one of my bases next to a GW base
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Specializing in Miniature Terrain, Gaming Accessories and Graphic & Character Design/Artwork.
25-28mm miniature terrain and accessories. Action figure diorama pieces. Logo design. Graphic design and artwork. Character design.
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