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#37356
Reshaping Metal Mini Arms 4 Years, 4 Months ago  
I've got a large mini whose arms are a separate piece (holding a bit weapon).

They are supposed to attach to the main body in two places (at each shoulder), but I can't get both attach-points to line up at the same time.

The arms are between 1/8" and 1/4" thick. How do I reshape them without scarring or breaking?
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#37357
Reshaping Metal Mini Arms 4 Years, 4 Months ago  
The bigger miniatures I either drill and pin (with a piece of wire), then glue. Or I use sculpting putty(ProCreate or Green stuff). Hope that helps...
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#37358
Reshaping Metal Mini Arms 4 Years, 4 Months ago  
My problem isn't how to attach the points, it's how to reshape the piece so that both points line up at the same time.
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#37359
Reshaping Metal Mini Arms 4 Years, 4 Months ago  
Hmm, Well if they are lead or pewter, the warmer the pieces are the more flexible they'll be. I've broken my share, especially trying to straighten their bases...
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#37360
Reshaping Metal Mini Arms 4 Years, 4 Months ago  
for further information a picture would be good...

right now i have an ogre with a two-handed club in both hands in mind (is it such a kind of ?)

if so, if would check if the weapon is bended and bend it back straight. If the joints are twisted,
try to twist the weapon, so that it isn't obvious that you twisted it.

If the joints for themself do not fit then remove material from the joints and fill up the gaps
with greenstuff after gluing it into place.
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#37361
Reshaping Metal Mini Arms 4 Years, 4 Months ago  
It's probably very much like the ogre with a 2H club in both hands -- if both arms came attached to the club, but detached from the body (just below the shoulders).

Sadly, the piece broke before I posted the question. I thought there would be enough give at the weapon to put a little more angle to the point where the hands gripped the weapon, but alas no. Maybe I can find a big shield to put on his free arm...
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#37362
Reshaping Metal Mini Arms 4 Years, 4 Months ago  
Green stuff or the gray stuff is great for mending broken figures. Stick some between the broken area and use some clamps to hold the pieces together for at least 24 hours. I've done this with small (normal sized) figures and larger creature type figures. Seeing some pictures of what you're dealing with would help trouble shoot the best way to fix your piece--and then get it put together how it should be.

What I do for bending or shaping appendages is to get a small clamp and attach the mini to the clamp, then I heat up the appendage I want to bend. I use a regular cigarette lighter to get the piece nice and hot, then I very gently start to pull the piece into shape, let it cool down, and then restart the process.

A lot of times you'll actually hear and feel the metal "squeak" during the pulling process. That's when I back off and let it cool. Then I get it good and hot again.

I'm no metallurgist and I don't know what the melting point for pewter/lead mixes is, but with most metal miniatures, you can heat them up pretty good with a lighter without worrying about melting.
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#37363
Reshaping Metal Mini Arms 4 Years, 4 Months ago  
Green stuff or the gray stuff is great for mending broken figures. Stick some between the broken area and use some clamps to hold the pieces together for at least 24 hours. I've done this with small (normal sized) figures and larger creature type figures. Seeing some pictures of what you're dealing with would help trouble shoot the best way to fix your piece--and then get it put together how it should be.

What I do for bending or shaping appendages is to get a small clamp and attach the mini to the clamp, then I heat up the appendage I want to bend. I use a regular cigarette lighter to get the piece nice and hot, then I very gently start to pull the piece into shape, let it cool down, and then restart the process.

A lot of times you'll actually hear and feel the metal "squeak" during the pulling process. That's when I back off and let it cool. Then I get it good and hot again.

I'm no metallurgist and I don't know what the melting point for pewter/lead mixes is, but with most metal miniatures, you can heat them up pretty good with a lighter without worrying about melting.

If you want to use green or gray stuff as glue, I recomment adding cyanoacrilate at the last minute, on both metal surfaces. Then clamp the piece as Dante suggests. kGreen stuff was not made as glue. Doing this allows you to press the pieces tgether and shape the extruded green stuff, but still provides a hard bond when the green stuff dries. I'm talking here about two-part green stuff, not Squadron Putty or equivalent.
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