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Reducing the flexibility of Bones figures

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1 hour ago, Pezler the Polychromatic said:

Pine oil leaves slight discolouration, otherwise no change in colour for the others.

 

Exactly.  Use pine oil for stripping paint off minis, not this.  Though after a half evening of smelling that mini on the shelf across from my desk, I'm thinking of switching to stripping paint with Purple Power or Simple Green.

 

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Pinesol is a pretty good stripper, but it does have a ... distinctive ... odor.

 

Piney Fresh!

 

Better than isopropyl, though.

 

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On 6/7/2017 at 8:12 PM, Grumpy Cave Bear said:

So, I saw the ghast sitting in the ipa at my desk and suddenly remembered this experiment.  It was almost foiled when I realized I had moved my control figures and couldn't find them!

 

Day 29 results:  

 

Figure soaked in isopropyl alcohol (IPA) 70% is now nearly as hard as the figure soaked in denatured alcohol (EToH).  Despite early promising results, it did not, contrary to my expectations, get firmer than the EToH-soaked one.  This could possibly be due to the differing concentrations of the two alcohols.

 

Figure soaked in pine oil cleaner (normally used for stripping paint):  Test failure.  No change in firmness.  Instead, the figure is just stained yellow and smells like a pine scented ornament.

 

Now to let the two new test subjects sit and outgas for a few days.  My theory is that as the solvents leached out the plasticiser, they've displaced it, and the figures may harden further as the solvents evaporate.

 

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Here's another test someone can try.

 

Since summer time is on our doorstep (for the Northern hemisphere). What would happen to a mini left on a car's dashboard on a sunny day? Several days even.

 

Hypothesis: Initially super droopy because of the heat itself, but that same heat can force some of the plasticizers to evaporate.

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1 hour ago, Cranky Dog said:

Here's another test someone can try.

 

Since summer time is on our doorstep (for the Northern hemisphere). What would happen to a mini left on a car's dashboard on a sunny day? Several days even.

 

Hypothesis: Initially super droopy because of the heat itself, but that same heat can force some of the plasticizers to evaporate.

Droopy, and then harden up?

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3 hours ago, Cranky Dog said:

Here's another test someone can try.

 

Since summer time is on our doorstep (for the Northern hemisphere). What would happen to a mini left on a car's dashboard on a sunny day? Several days even.

 

Hypothesis: Initially super droopy because of the heat itself, but that same heat can force some of the plasticizers to evaporate.

 

I suspect the vapor pressure of the plasticizer is quite low. I don't think you would get much outgassing at all. But you would probably have a squashed mini, so there's that.

 

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12 hours ago, Doug Sundseth said:

 

I suspect the vapor pressure of the plasticizer is quite low. I don't think you would get much outgassing at all. But you would probably have a squashed mini, so there's that.

 

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The brief research I've done say evaporation can start at 70C (or higher like 95C). The lower end is within range of a car under the summer sun.

 

Also makes me wonder about the boil and ice water dunk treatment we sometimes do. How effective would a longer hot bath be at removing excess plasticizer?

 

Let's do all of them at the same time! Dunk a mini in boiling alcohol inside your car on a sunny day. Now we're in true Mythbusters levels of experimentation.

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18 minutes ago, Cranky Dog said:

The brief research I've done say evaporation can start at 70C (or higher like 95C). The lower end is within range of a car under the summer sun.

 

Also makes me wonder about the boil and ice water dunk treatment we sometimes do. How effective would a longer hot bath be at removing excess plasticizer?

 

Let's do all of them at the same time! Dunk a mini in boiling alcohol inside your car on a sunny day. Now we're in true Mythbusters levels of experimentation.

Pretty sure Good Samaritan laws allow me to break windows to rescue minis from this dangerous situation.

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Done it already. I've had a bones dragon taped to my dash for 3 years. Survived 100+ degree heat and below zero cold. Bones are indestructible. It still a bit flexible, but far more rigid than new.

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Has a consensus been reached as to best or which alcohol to use, concentration, and time in bath required for best results?

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Don't know about a consensus, but my best results have been obtained by using new* 91% isopropyl alcohol, immersing the figure completely, and leaving it for 8-24 hours.

 

* After I have used a batch of alcohol once, it seems not to leach plasticizer quite as well. I suspect that this might be because there is already some plasticizer in the mix, which would reduce the net transfer of the chemical out of the figure.

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Put a goblin warchanter in a ziplock bag with 99% isopropol for a couple of weeks, pulled it out, then boiled it to get its ankle in the right spot. Definitely helped, no apparent damage, no loss of re-posability.

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I had a mini that had ended up 'extra floppy' after being left in cheap, acetone-free nailpolish for too long, and have now given it an extended stay in IPA, and can confirm that it has firmed up at least to what it was before I was careless with it. 

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