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Silicone Mould/PlatSil Appliances

12 Jun

These past few days I have been making big progress on the SFX front… I feel like I’m actually learning useable skills now! (Thanks to Natalia!!). Having created my moulds (actually I did use PlatSil for these and created a Modrock shell to keep the shape, but as I have now realised, using a stronger silicone; such as BlueSil, would have been more appropriate), I have now started creating my PlatSil pieces, encapsulated with cap plastic (2x 1:1 dilution layers, 2x 1:0 layers).

So, my first appliance… made a couple of mistakes. Definitely don’t need accelerator on a warm day!! So that didn’t work out. I also realised I only want the PlatSil in the deeper parts – as they’re flat backed pieces, it needs to be Cap Plastic backed to make sure they encapsulate properly, stick to the skin and can be blended out efficiently.

So, Version 2.0 worked out great. Now for the other 7 pieces to make!

Photo on 2014-06-11 at 14.39 #5 Photo on 2014-06-11 at 15.52 #6


Applying and Colouring a Foam Latex Piece.

13 May

Today I completed the final step of my fiberglass mould/foam latex piece process.

Having completed my hand and left it to set, I returned to apply it. Despite being stretched over the mould is did shrink slightly, however not too much that it couldn’t still be applied.

Being short on time and seeing as the hand had been cast from my own, I decided to just apply it to myself.  Unfortunately I’m right handed, and the piece was on my right hand; so I’d given myself a challenge.

I covered the area of my hand that would be touching the prosthetic in pros-aide, and then applied pros-aide to the piece. Once they had both become clear and tacky, I gently started from my finger tips and stretched the piece slowly over my hand. It stuck perfectly. As the edges were slightly too thick, I used pro-bondo (a thickened pros-aide) to smooth down and blend out the edges.


Once I had done this I had two colouring options. A) Illustrator (alcohol based paint) or, B) Pax paint (equal parts of pros-aide and acrylic paint). Having had more practice with the illustrator i decided to go for this – I couldn’t seem to mix the Pax to the colour I wanted. I layered up my illustrator colour with a stiff brush, spraying the colour across my hand, I then used a thin brush to accent the shadow and highlight around my circular edges.

Overall, I think I did okay to say I was painting with my left hand only, however I think  the colour had merged a lot and was not quite as bright and inky looking as I wanted – however it does correspond to my initial design.


Shoot: Beauty and the Beasts

13 Apr

Today I shot with Photographer Kate Love, we seem to have a love of abusing the beautiful Model; Alix Dent.


Check out Kate’s site here: http://misskatelove.tumblr.com/post/82509916610/i-shot-this-today-in-my-living-room-would-you

The theme of the shoot was beauty vs. unsightliness, to be created in a fashion/editorial style. I initially wanted to use old aged hands, using latex glove prosthetics; however the appliances had deteriorated by the time we got round to the shoot, so they had hardened and become more opaque.

Not worked!

Not Worked!

I took it off - start again!

I took it off – start again!

I instead decided to use Sculpt Gel for the one handed image, along with liquid latex, greasepaints, wound filler, blood and congealed blood. In my opinion the colouring is pretty shoddy, I’m really not good at this casualty style work and have no patience for it, as much as I continue to try. I just get frustrated with this type of mess. I much prefer the workshop FX. That said, the final images turned out well.

Sculpt Gel

Sculpt Gel

Below is the final image for the one hand shot. I quite like it, although you can’t actually really see the sculpt gel – maybe it needed more colouring. The hand doesn’t looked as strong on camera as it did on real life, it should have been old aged but it was hard to create the ageing in the sculpt gel, so I went for a more decayed but alive zombie look… having had inspiration for a development for a final image…

One Handed Shot

One Handed Shot

It seemed Kate and I were on the same wavelength, as she suggested using multiple hands; something I had been considering on the bus to the shoot! With the old aged thing failing, we decided to go for multiple decaying zombie hands, with Alix appearing to be captured by then. I made up kate’s little sister’s hands (who I had been giving a few quick lesson on FX), both of Alix’s hands and one of my own, before getting into position to take the shot.

Winner. One for the portfolio… I love Alix’s face.

Hair & Makeup: Victoria Stansfield Photography: Kate Love Model: Alix Dent

Hair & Makeup: Victoria Stansfield
Photography: Kate Love
Model: Alix Dent

Creating a Silicone/Fiberglass Mould

2 Apr


Step one was very similar to step two: once I has bedded in my hand, added the wall and then poured the silicone into the mould I allowed it to set. Once it has set I removed the clay walls and wiped down the silicone.


I then added a gel layer, followed by the two fiberglass layers. We shall talk through these processes in Step Two.100_4701



  • PPE
  • Gel Coat
  • Resin
  • Catalyst
  • Fiberglass strands
  • Small square fiberglass sheets
  • Covered board
  • Clay (to stabilise mould)
  • 2x Paper cups (plastic will melt)
  • 2x Wooden mixing sticks
  • 2x Disposable brushes


  1. Remove hand and clay from inside the Fiberglass/Silicone Negative – use water to wet the clay. You may need to remove the Outer Fiberglass shell to enable the silicone to be peeled away from the hand. Clean out the silicone mould – then sturdy horizontally with clay pieces.
  2. Mix together the gel coat and catalyst, ensuring through mixing. Coat the silicone in this with a disposable brush, ensuring there are no bubbles being trapped in the mould. This should only be a coating, not a full layer. Make sue edges are neat and all areas are covered. Then add fiberglass stands to strengthen this and ensure the fiberglass mat fuses properly.100_4711
  3. We then add the first fiberglass matt layer. After an hour, once it has “gone green” we cut the excess away and apply our second fiberglass matt layer (as second image). Once this has dried, we have our fiberglass positive and we are ready to start sculpting!

Creating a Plastaline Sculpt for Sponged Liquid Latex

31 Mar

Creating a plastiline sculpt for sponging latex layers onto, is quite easy as a huge amount of detail is not needed due to the top layer being what will be on show to the viewer – not the detailed under layer. However, it is important to ensure strong definition to allow the shape of the sculpt to show though. Below is a quick explanation of sculpting onto a plaster cast using plastaline.


  • Plastaline
  • Your Plaster Cast
  • Vaseline & Brush
  • A selection of Sculpting Tools
  • Liquid Latex
  • A Hair Dryer
  • Talcum Powder &  Brush


  1. In order to create the sculpt, I found it was first best to create a smooth and even thin second skin for my hand in the area I would be wanting to create my sculpt – this would enable me to create small, smooth edges with my latex. I did this using plastaline, vaseline and a range of sculpt tools a long with a small paintbrush for the vaseline.
  2. 1080729_10152388398892664_1618850967_nNext, I created my plastaline sculpt, using small pieces of the clay to create shapes as per my designs, blending them into my second skin.
  3. I then vaselined my whole piece, to ensure the following liquid latex layers would not stick to my piece.
  4. Once my sculpt was completed and sealed, I added liquid latex layer by layer – using a hair-dryer in between, on a cool setting so as to not melt my plastaline and alter the sculpt shape.photo 2 (2)photo 1 (2)
  5. Having completed 7 layers of latex, leaving thinner areas around the edges, I peeled away my latex skin, powdering both the surface and underneath so they did not stick to one another.

    This image was taken 2 weeks after being produced.. it has gone hard and darker orange! I'm guessing the latex is deteriorating.


The above image was taken 2 weeks after being produced… it has gone hard and darker orange! I’m guessing the latex is deteriorating. I am shooting my piece this weekend so I will just need to perhaps alter my brief from “aged skinny hand” to “fantasy aged skin hand” unless I can colour correct it slightly.

I tried using this method with cap plastic, as cap plastic blends out much better than latex. This didn’t work – not even after moisture and release sealing my sculpt.

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Failed Cap Plastic Experiement

Failed Cap Plastic Experiement

Heres a shot of my ear sculpt so far, that I have been creating using the same method. This piece has been produced to match my foam latex hand for my final SFX piece.

Photo on 2014-04-09 at 13.31 #2

Dok Haze’s Circus of Horrors

25 Nov

On Sunday, I ventured down to London to see some lovely friends of mine; actually playing out for a change rather than working – I even got to finally attend the reggae roast night and had a delicious nut roast.

Monday arrived and it was time for the main event! Tash and I made it over to Piccadilly Circus just in time to see the show (following a session of hair highlights, a skill I’ve not practiced in a while.). Here I am with the show’s lorry before the event!



The initial section of the first half of the show had me slightly disappointed in the performance. Perhaps I’m just cynical but I didn’t really believe in the acts and it was a little brash for my taste. However, as the first half moved forward, the acts and attitudes progressed and my interest heightened.

I loved the second half. I absolutely loved the acrobats, they were amazing! I loved their skeleton act and didn’t want them to leave the stage. There was also a man who gave literally the most amazing balancing act I’ve ever seen, that man had SKILL! I won’t spoil any surprises, but its definitely worth hanging on in there with the expectations and there are certainly some skilled people in the show.



If you like your rock n’ roll and circus performance with a few cringey twists – I’d go see this for sure. I left the building happy; having had fun and singing their perfect ending tune. I even bought a hoodie. Back to Leeds at 8am.



A New Kind of Sunday.

10 Nov

Possibly for the first time in my adult life, I woke up at 5am on a Sunday – I usually work until 7am on Sundays, getting up in the dark rather than going to sleep in the light was a whole new experience.

Today I attended Sheffield Tattoo convention having been invited by my friend Anne Derbyshire, after putting out a call for tattooist recommendations. I set off at 6am, boarded the coach to Sheffield and made my way to Magna Science Museum. I went to the museum when I was younger and loved it, however, the past few times I have visited, it has been for Hard Dance events… so this was a quite different.


One of the zombie actors drives round in a hurst.. with zombies in it. Apparently he drives around in this all the time!





We went straight up to the backstage area, which had so much room! All the materials were provided and we set to work making up our actors for the day. As there were plenty of artists, I only ended up needing to do two! The first zombie did their own wax on the skull and brought a gauze eyepatch. I’ve not done this skull effect before, butI think it looks effective and is something to work on in the future.

Zombie 1

Zombie 1

Zombie 2

Zombie 2

We locked one in the light box. This was a creepy experience, it really set your imagination flowing with him screeching and scraping on the glass. Then some of the zombies attacked Johnny Matthews, the lovely gentleman putting the event on.

Trapped Zombie!

Trapped Zombie!



Once we had completed our actors’ makeups we headed downstairs to the Tattoo Expo, where I hung out with some Stormtroopers. Nice guys.

A little short for a Stormtrooper.

A little short for a Stormtrooper.

After some breakfast, I had a wander round, checking out all that was going on. I met these guys from “The gentleman’s retreat”; who were absolutely fantastic barbers! They even made their own aprons. This is the first time I have ever pondered how it might be cool to be male. They certainly provided me with inspiration for my postiche piece!



I also found this cool Star Wars metal sculpture…


I then started hunting for inspiration for my next tattoos, there were lots of great artists, my favourite being Charlotte Ross’s animal work – which was weird, as usually I only like monotone tattoos. I love ink and watercolour so her paintings really stood out to me. Charlotte has only been tattooing for 5 years, but once I’ve got through the list of tats now on their way, I shall be seeing her in a few years…

I took four of her business cards, though they don’t do her work justice (sorry charlotte, they were too pretty and I couldn’t afford a painting today!).

So pretty!

So pretty!

There was also an amazing portraiture guy. Though I’m not really into portraits on myself, I would certainly recommend him – as soon as I find his business card!

I did however buy one print from a stall… though Im keeping that a secret for now as it’s inspiration for my next thigh piece! After seeing all those artists and trying to find someone new, all it did was re-iterate to me how much I love Tom Ruki’s style. So go look though his work please and see how amazing he is. I’m going to have him working on my thigh and arm piece over the course of next year!


Overall verdict of the convention: wicked, very inspiring and it added perspective to my own ideas. I want to go to many more. However, I shouldn’t be allowed. I need to resist being covered before I’m even 30.

Walking round listening to so many needles is such torturous temptation.