Mold casting

I’m super excited to share with you today what I have been working on this past week. It’s been a long process but the outcome is worth it. I have been working on a mold for the head of my five sculptures.

The first material I tried to use was plaster, with the hopes it would provide the texture that I was looking for, for the final results. However, it was not building up like I had hoped; the shape was not forming into a head. The next trial was using newspaper and forming it into a medium size ball. Then, I used plasticine an oil based clay to sculpt the features of the head. The plasticine was hard, so I encourage you to warm it up with a blow drier before using. But using this material I was able to create the texture I was looking for and sculpt the face.

 

There are several methods of making fake body parts. The method you choose is determined by the end result you want, your budget and the amount of effort you want to invest. I decided to go with latex, slip. Working with a rubber part can be much involved.

Below is a procedural outline of how you can make a mold

1.Sculpt a hand from oil based clay

2. Make a two-part latex mold.

3.Clean out the mold and let it dry.

4. Apply Sea-Lube mold release to all internal surfaces. 

5. Fill with plaster, let it set, remove the mold. Paint the plaster to your liking with water-based craft paint

Option: you can also mix some paint in with the plaster water to tint the plaster a flesh color.

Costs: Plan to spend about $50 on materials.

Time: Plan to spend a few days on this process.

Next week I will be explaining explain each step as I complete them during this week in the studio. Until next time!

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