We all know how resin casting can be used to preserve some of the coolest things. From dissected cameras to a soggy McDonald’s cheeseburger, even the most disgusting things look cool when you fossilize them inside the hard resin. YouTuber JackJack’s creations prove it.
Using polymer clay to create his sculptures, he encases his art in a mix of epoxy and UV resin to add some awesome-looking effects. His latest work, a light-up Godzilla head standing between burning buildings, showcases just how creative he can get:
The Godzilla Head
Godzilla’s mug alone is a work of art. Using a hefty block of polymer clay, JackJack sculpts out the initial shape of the lizard’s face. The neck, eye sockets, and multiple sections of scales are shaped before being given the folds and creases which make them look like lizard body parts.
What’s interesting to note is that unlike the tongue and the eyes (which JackJack molds into the main clay piece), the teeth are actually glued inside Godzilla’s mouth. This could be due to the fact that these pieces are super small and would lose their shape if pressed too hard. Nonetheless, the exquisite painting afterward hides this really well.
Once all the parts are sculpted, connected, and painted, he adds one final but crucial touch: a tiny blue LED light that goes under the beast’s neck and mimics the glowing radiation which Godzilla focuses on a powerful energy beam. You can even see how JackJack has purposefully left some cracks in the neck so the light could pass through and better showcase the energy building up inside Godzilla!
Making the City Backdrop
With the main attraction done, it’s time to set the stage. JackJack wraps polymer clay around different sizes of rectangular molds to create city buildings. With a blade and ruler in hand, he measures and cuts lines around the clay. He then pulls out the excess clay from the sides of the building, creating uniform windows.
JackJack does this two more times with two different buildings, making sure to change the orientation and look of the windows. Just like Godzilla’s head, he paints these buildings as well before adding a light under each building.
Gluing Everything in Place
With the buildings and lizard head complete, JackJack can now glue them onto his epoxy resin mold. After applying the glue under each of the clay pieces, he quickly uses a UV light to speed up the drying process before moving on to the next piece. This not only saves him time but also makes placing the pieces much easier.
Having Some Fun With Epoxy Resin
Normally I wouldn’t put too much emphasis on this part of an epoxy resin build, but JackJack does something with his mixture which adds to the overall presentation of his masterpiece.
Instead of pouring the resin and leaving it to dry normally, JackJack puts what I think is some clear alcohol ink onto a stick and mixes it into the resin. This creates a milky smear inside the mixture which very much resembles smoke and really adds to the atmosphere of a burning city.
JackJack also takes some cotton from cotton balls to create thicker “smoke” near the bottom of the buildings. This makes sense since it reflects the damage in the city. That and the thick cotton also hides the bottom end of Godzilla’s neck!
Laying On the Lights
After letting the resin dry, it’s time to remove it from its plastic enclosure. To give the sculpture some extra lighting, JackJacks makes another stand with a few more LED lights. But unlike the clear building lights and the blue energy radiating in Godzilla’s neck, these lights emit an angry orange which burns the city skyline.
The final product is a culmination of all of the elements JackJack added to his diorama – from the intricately sculpted Godzilla head all the way down to the smoking clouds made from cotton.
You can find more of JackJack’s miniature dioramas and sculptures on his YouTube channel.