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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.

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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.

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Reflection and Photography

3 May

I dream of travelling the world, meeting people from every corner and widening my reality.

I want to understand people’s faces, I want to learn about people not just from their words, but from what I see and experience. I feel through excessive use of media my senses have become dulled to the world around me. I have spent hours and hours in from of my laptop, often living what I see as an almost purely synthetic existence. Don’t get me wrong – the internet is a vast melting pot of useful information and inspiration to be seized, but what and I really gaining from the experience? Could I be spending my time on this earth better?

Being an individual who’s every action depends upon intensive gut feelings, I think perhaps the reason my life sometimes feels so empty, is because I am not listening to what my mind and soul are asking for. Vivid, interactive personal experience.

Day 01. PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Day 01.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

When considering my art, within the fashion industry I have found makeup can be quite passive – and is often dictated by someone else. I myself am a result of media contortion and am often incredibly self objective, as are many other women (and men). I do not want to be part of an industry in which women are made to feel uncomfortable with themselves and their lives. I watched a great Ted Talk my friend Steph posted up and it summarises these issues well. Take a look….

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Whilst working within the fashion industry, we feel are creating something beautiful, but in actual fact we are producing only destruction. We are crushing the self confidence of millions of women, debilitating their daily lives and increasing self hate and jealousy. Why are we doing this to ourselves? Is this really how we think we should be acting and feeling? Is there not something better for us out there?

I feel by doing any kind of fashion makeup, I am tearing myself away from the path towards my mountain (thanks for the advice Gaiman!) – both morally and artistically. I feel I have been easily led into fashion by the promise of instantaneous reward, particularly in monetary terms. However, despite the draw, I am to stop taking part in this game and follow what is true to myself, now focussing on my workshop practice (the SFX discipline I most enjoy), along with performance work.

Day 02. PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Day 02.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Back to the photography side of this post.

I want to really focus on life, I want to get out there, see it, do it, capture it. I have decided to get back into photography. My main interest is within documentary, journalistic and portraiture photography – but I’m not going to focus on that too much whilst I learn to use my camera again. I feel by doing this I will train myself to look closer into what is around me and re-connect with people – or even just learn to connect as I am a child of the social media technology era and have grown up plugged in.

From now on, you shall be getting more mini-updates, as I invite you to share in my life adventure, one photo at a time.

I cant promise they’ll all be wonderful, but everyone starts somewhere. It’s just where it takes you along the way that is what matters.

I implore you do do something that will take you to new places, and fill your heart with light and happiness.
Look beyond your computer screen and reach to the world outside.

Day 03. PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

Day 03.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Victoria Stansfield

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.

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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

Plastaline Sculpting on Fiberglass/Running Foam Latex

8 Apr

Having been to Russia, I have been racing to catch up with my work so I can join the third years in running foam latex.

Well, I made it!

When running foam latex you need to consider the room humidity along with temperature, luckily on this day it was seemingly optimal. We collected out products and got to work!

SCULPTING ON FIBERGLASS

I actually have misplaced the images for sculpting on fiberglass, so the wonderful Leanne Marsh has lent be hers. Sculpting on fiberglass is literally the same as sculpting on the plaster (see past blog post). However we cannot use plaster for foam latex as when cooking it in the over, the plaster will crack and break.

Once we have finished our sculpt, we need to use a moisture seal spray, followed by three layers of release agent spray – leaving 10minutes in between each layer so it can dry. Once this has been completed we can start out fiberglass process again (see previous post for more detail), only this time we need a add an extra layer. Layering is as follows:

  • 1x Moisture Sealant
  • 3x Release Agent
  • 1x Gel Coat
  • 1x Fiberglass Tissue
  • 2x Fiberglass Matt
Image by Leanne Marsh

Image by Leanne Marsh

Image by Leanne Marsh

Image by Leanne Marsh

Image by Leanne Marsh

Image by Leanne Marsh

Once this is all dry and fully set over 24-48hours, we need to smooth down the edges. Once this has been done, we crack open the mould and clean it out using a sculpt tool & brush, along with some lighter fluid and a good amount of elbow grease. Now it’s time to get running!

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RUNNING FOAM LATEX

YOU WILL NEED

  • Base Agent
  • Foam Latex Agent
  • Gelling Agent
  • Curing Agent
  • Colour (we used an fleshy acrylic colour)
  • Electronic Mixer
  • Spatula
  • Fiberglass Core & Negative
  • Fiberglass Oven
  • Bolts & Screws for holes drilled into mould

METHOD

  1. Add base agent to mixing bowl, measure out required amounts of foam and curing agent.

  2. Add the curing and foam agent along with the required amount of colour (in this case it was a large pea sized amount), then set the speed to high.
  3. When the head runner calls, change the speed to low, then measure out and add the gelling agent.
  4. Once this has all been mixed together and the head runner calls, stir manually with a spatula for several minutes before adding to the fiberglass moulds. Put the two half moulds together and secure with the bolts. This then needs to go in the oven.
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  5. Once your piece is out of the oven, allow to cool and then remove the bolts. Slowly take out your piece. As it will be covered in ammonia, it needs to be washed several times in warm soapy water to cleanse it.

    My Squid-Woman Hand

    My Squid-Woman Hand

I was really happy with how mine turned out. No rips, bubbles – nothing! and the foam latex off went off brilliantly.

This was just a taster session and we will be studying foam latex more in the third year. I have further details on this process, so please message me if you would like to know more!

Creating a Silicone/Fiberglass Mould

2 Apr

STEP ONE – CREATING THE NEGATIVE

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.

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

STEP TWO – CREATING THE POSITIVE.

YOU WILL NEED

  • 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

METHOD

  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.
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  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!

Alginate Casting

11 Mar

Over the past couple of weeks I have been creating a plaster cast of my own hand, in order to then transform it into a fibreglass core, ready for sculpting onto for my final special effects project.

ALGINATE CASTING

YOU WILL NEED

  • Tepid Water
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Alginate
  • Drill with Squirrel attachment
  • Plaster

METHOD

  1. Mix together the alginate with tepid water until you have a porridge like mixture.
  2. Pour 1/2 of this mixture into the casting receptacle. Then place the body part you wish to cast into the mixtures, in this case. the hand. It is important to remove and bubbles that will be attached to the hand, we need to rub out the areas around and under the nails in particular, rubbing the fingers together to rid ourselves of any bubbles that may cause imperfections.

    Hand in Alginate

    Hand in Alginate

  3. Continue to pour the rest of the Alginate in, until the hand is covered and part of the wrist.Leave a 0.5-1″ gap at the top of the receptacle.
  4. Leave the mixture for about 5minutes until it has gone off, then slowly wiggle your hand and finders until the suction is released. Be careful not to carry out this process too quickly as the suction strength may cause the interior to fold in on itself.image62
  5. Mix up the plaster in a ventilated area, until the consistency of double cream. Pour a thin layer into the mould and rotate around the mould, ensuring the plaster coasts every orifice, then pour this plaster out again.
  6. Pour in another layer of plaster, again coating the whole mould, allow to settle in the bottom, tapping gently to release any bubbles. repeat this process until the mould is filled to the brim and then leave for two hours to set.image63
  7. Once the plaster has set, remove the receptacle and use a blunt wooden tool to carve away the alginate, ensuring the plaster mould is not touched.

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Voila.

Voila.

 

This method is particularly good as it picks up fine details very easily and efficiently. For information on the next step of this process, please look out for my “creating a fiberglass core” post.

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!

Pre-Show

Pre-show

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.

Acrobatics

Acrobatics

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.

Post-show

Post-show