Softoy Hobby sofubi factory visit…

I was extremely honoured to get a chance to visit the factory I’ll be getting the Sumoggubōru produced at earlier this week, with friend and master-caster Cory of Science Patrol on-hand to show us the steps involved and, of course, help me pull my very own marbled Oozeballs- one of which will be offered up via IG comp very soon! For those that are interested, I’ve recorded the casting process in just 5 (not so easy!) steps which can be found on the new Softoy Hobby You Tube Channel right here

[From top left] 1. To start, the vinyl is vacuumed to get rid of as many bubbles as possible, 2. The vinyl is then poured directly into mold, filling up to the top of the joints, 3. The mould is submerged in cooking chemicals for a certain amount of time depending on the vinyl thickness required, 4. Excess is poured out and the mold is cooked again, 5. The mold is submerged into cold water to cool down, 6 and 7. The mold is mounted on a base and the casting is cut and pulled free, 8. In some cases a centre spinning machine is employed earlier on in the casting process to again reduce bubbles, 9. Mold storage at the factory!



Published by Niall Anderson

Owner of ShinGangu, a UK boutique toy brand specialising in self-produced Japanese soft and keshi toys...

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