I was contacted by Dave who had been looking for a redback spider gear knob to match his red Interior.
At the time i didn’t think it would be a problem finding a good sized specimen, but maybe due to the floods and high humidity, i could not locate a decent sized one in all the usual places. A few small ones but nothing that would look good inside a gear knob.
I decided to see what it would look like doing a 3d printed spider. I ran the idea through Dave and we decided to give it a go at least until a good sized specimen of a real one was located and stabilised. Stabilisation can take weeks.
After getting a 3d print spider made, i heated and shaped the legs carefully to bring life into it. Then after some paint i sent a picture to dave who gave the thumbs up to see if it would cast well into resin.
I wasn’t sure if the plastic from the 3d printed spider would melt in the resin as it heats up to cure. So i decided to do some tests first and as i suspected the plastic melted and warped the spider
I set about doing some tests with different coatings on the plastic and found one that worked well at preventing the plastic from changing. I coated a new spider print and painted it up then cast it into the gear knob.
Here is Dave’s new Gear Knob installed. Thank you for the photos Dave!
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