Monday, 24 October 2016
Friday, 29 July 2016
With the completion of each new mould, a costume mannequin is produced. This is the first posable version of Rousseau, and though it is unpainted and hairless, and with blank beads for eyes, it is a step closer towards life.
|The cast was made with the original black steel balls fitted to the mould. |
These were removed gently, and replaced with white plastic threaded balls.
The eyelids had no bleed over the ball - a perfect cast.
|Costume Mannequin. Wire armature with makeshift ball joints|
in shoulders. Urethane legs with removable feet. Tinted PlatSil Gel 25 skin
|Threaded steel ball, rod and cone (for body piercing)|
positioned before pouring the silicone matrix.
|First cast from the finished mould. A resin master.|
The black steel eyeballs fitted to the mould, behind.
|Front of the finished matrix mould,|
with a view of the window in the shell for
accessing the cone and rods to unscrew the eyes
Mould shell: urethane. Mould matrix: platinum silicone.
Thursday, 5 May 2016
Monday, 22 February 2016
The outer rigid part of the mould remains urethane, but the silicone allows for a slow, warm, non-toxic pour. And the newly discovered Platsil Gel 25 offers the options of slowing down work time, and hardening the cured rubber up to shore A 40, which is excellent. Furthermore, it is much lower in viscosity.
|A partial sculpture created for this mould test|
|yellowed by shellac to seal the clay|
|Shellac was only used in the third part after frustration with the acrylic spray which seemed to never dry. Everything seemed to take longer to dry than the clay itself.|
|bleeders and pour spout.|
|Joseph Feltus' eye mechanism.|
|Plastic Gel 25 with 50% deadener cast over wire and supersculpey armature. No overflow, nearly invisible seams on the head, where the mould was most carefully worked for this test.|
|Nearly invisible seams|
|Materials used. Mould was released with hand soap diluted with alcohol before casting.|