Next The Rig prop make was these little guys. What are they? They are “amalgam” fillings. Not sure if they actually used these in the end but they were made anyway. The character was to spit his fillings out so they needed something the actor could put in his mouth.
(Edit update: just watched the 2nd episode and they did use them! Just sitting in a bloody soap dish along with the gold one the actor actually spat out that I believe the make up artist made, but they got their own screen time. Yay!)
After a bit of research to make them mouth friendly, including finding out my dentist didn’t do amalgam fillings anymore because of the mercury (made me think about getting my silver fillings changed until I found out how much it would cost!) so I had to think of something else. After a bit more research, I discovered toysafe pewter. Would give them a good weight when dropped too. I made a mould from some fake resin teeth, cast some new ones in plaster, drilled out some cavities, made a new foodsafe, mould, popped the plaster teeth back in the new mould, had my first go at metal casting then smashed off the plaster parts to reveal the fillings. Was a very pleasing process.
I need to do more metal casting, it was fun. Anyone want to commission a pewter necklace or bracelet made of fillings or teeth?
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