Friday, August 5, 2011
Full ergo "Panther" handle made in five minutes!
Fimo is a soft modelling clay that hardens in the oven. I have used it before but somehow, for no apparent reason, stopped using it.
It is ideal for modelling a Panther handle, any shape you like. The advantage over epoxy putty is quite obvious: You have all the time in the world to form it. You can even completely remove it and start anew. Only when you are completely happy with the result, you carry it in the kitchen and bake it much like a frozen pizza.
Fimo is available in many stores, but I buy it online. You need four or five 56 g blocks for a Panther. It ain't expensive, about two dollars for one handle.
Here is a sample auction on ebay.com
After hardening, you can sand it, polish it, spraypaint it - anything. I sanded it to remove the fingerprints and soften the shape a bit. But you can leave it raw, every crease and line of your hand will be there.
It takes only a few minutes to make YOUR handle, full blown ergo, and it will last. This is just about the perfect solution for those who are not experienced in woodworking, or simply have no time for that.
It is also possible to use different colors and knead them in a way that you get a "marbled" finish - quite appealing.
Posted by The Slingshot Channel at 7:55 AM