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Life Casting – Negative Creating & Silicone Running

11 Nov

Today I went into uni to catch up with my SFX work, having been off for work experience. Today I created my negative over the sculpted clay, to finish my mould and run my silicone piece.

Below you can see my finished sculpt, the top clay half is my primary piece, the lower half is a back up piece incase anything goes wrong with the top part.

To create the negative mould, we carried out the same steps as doing the initial life cast, only this time, we already have the facial mould to use. Check back through my earlier SFX posts to find more in depth details about this procedure, heres a quick run through –

1. Create the clay/modrock wall and cover the interior in Vaseline.

2. Fill with plaster, using a double skrim layer for support.

Clay/Modrock Wall

Clay/Modrock Wall

Creating the Plaster Negative

Creating the Plaster Negative

3. Allow to set for approximately 15min, then break open. remove all clay and particles from the interior to ensure the shape of the silicone run is not altered.

Plaster Negative

Plaster Negative

4. Once this has been done, we are ready to run! Place the mould on a stable horizontal surface, and pour in the silicone. Place the first part of the mould (the positive side) within the negative. Those holes we drilled earlier will help get positive to negative positioning correct. Silicone will run out the sides so watch out. Place a small dab of the silicone on top of the mould to help determine if the silicone has set.

Time to pour!

Time to pour!

Running the Silcone

Running the Silicone

5. After about 45min, it’s time to break open! You’ll have to come back next week to see the silicone piece!

Breaking Open!

Breaking Open!

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SFX: Sculpting

18 Oct

So it seems I have finally become a responsible adult.

Friday night, 10.30pm and Eve and I are sat in our newly forming studio, working.

Yes thats right, working.

Friday night.

Friday night.

Having sacrificed CircSoc as I practiced hoop earlier, I decided sculpting would a better use of my time as I need it for Monday.  For my prosthetic influence, I decided to look at fauns, leading on from my previous SFX work in Year One, Semester Two; which finally circled around Baphomet.

Having researched other fauns in film (such as Fauno/Pan’s Labyrinth and Mr. Tumnus/Chronicles of Narnia) and studying the heads of real goats, I decided to created a stylised faun, taking features I spotted in the imagery and producing them in my own way in the clay – focussing on what I was enjoying doing rather than being picky about exact details. As this is my first time sculpting, therefore I see it as more of an opportunity to understand how clay works, rather than the time to worry about specific looks.

Working hard!

Working hard!

Here are a few realisations (that could be helpful to beginners) I had whilst sculpting these first couple of session:

  • My house is very cold. So initially heating clay in a bowl within a bowl of hot water, I begun to place the clay onto the face and push into a general shape. After finding it difficult to continue to mold the clay on my near to freezing house, I sought help from the experts, asking my friend Shaune Harrison; who kindly reminded me of the obvious solution: Hairdryer. Oops.
  • I found the hairdryer very useful, though I need to buy a cheaper one to save me destroying my expensive hairdressing dryer. I found if useful to hold the hairdryer in my left hand and sculpt right my right hand – also stopping me from applying pressure on the mold/cast accidentally
  • I had a mini epiphany, thinking; if only I had a heated rounded tool for these edges… answer: keep metal tools in hot water (and then dry off) before working into the clay. Boom.
  • Leaning to see an image pretty much 90′ out of my line of sight when seated is not fun, or comfortable. I borrowed an easel from Eve as it made it vastly easier to see my work. It also made me feel much more like a professional artist which is always fun.
  • I have realised, that like drawing, sculpting is best done in bursts – it’s easy to get bogged down in clay, rather than seeing the bigger pictures. When i come back to my sculpt I can always instantly see things that need changing.
  • I have realised it is very hard to stop sculpting once you start.

The sculpt so far is very basic, with very hard shapes. I need to add softness, finer details and textures. I have also decided for my final piece I will create another set of horns to add to the overall look and make the look more specific to the faun character.

Session 1&2 of sculpting

Session 1&2 of sculpting

Session 1&2 of sculpting

Session 1&2 of sculpting

Now it’s time to write stories for all my makeup pieces. Tomorrow I shall be taking my template of John so I can start creating my English Moustache for my assessment on Tuesday. I’ll be posting on my progress tomorrow!

Eve doing loads of work.

Eve doing loads of work.