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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!

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UMAe (United Makeup Artists Expo)

8 Apr

This weekend I took a trip to the United Makeup Artists Expo. in London.

This was kind of a smaller, less commercial version of the IMATS is promoted more towards makeup artists in particular. Whilst the variety in products available was much smaller and the demos were not as informative of differing from the ones I had seen at the IMATS, what I did enjoy was the fact that all the artists were much more talkative and I felt as ease to ask questions of anyone – even of those superstar idol makeup artists! It was great to really get to know more about these artists and I found a much more personal and alternate view of the industry could be found here.

It was thanks to Steven Murphy and PS Composities I was able to get hold of a free ticket! Otherwise I probably wouldn’t have been able to make it! The were doing some amazing sculpts and prosthetic pieces and it was really interesting to watch.

PS Composites Piece

PS Composites Piece

PS Composites Piece

PS Composites Piece

There were loads of body paints going on, however most not to my taste. However, I did like this one and although simple it gave me some great idas for pieces of my own!

Pretty Bodypaint

Pretty Bodypaint

Pretty Bodypaint.

Pretty Bodypaint.

Whilst I mention the smaller variety in products, PAM were there and they shall not be attending the IMATS! Sadly I did not have as much money as I would liked to have spend.. but when do we ever!

Another top brand to mention would be Ben NYE. Dana Nye even gave us a mix of samples to use following his presentation of a Demo by Helsinki Artist,  Miia Ollula (who was absolutely lovely!). I love the products of theirs I have tried but the presents he gave us as also fantastic. I’ll be doing a test and report post soon enough!

Makeup by Miia Ollula

Makeup by Miia Ollula

Hair and Makeup by an Artist at Ben Nye - I couldn't find out who!

Hair and Makeup by an Artist at Ben Nye – I couldn’t find out who!

Hair and Makeup by an Artist at Ben Nye - I couldn't find out who!

Hair and Makeup by an Artist at Ben Nye – I couldn’t find out who!

Overall I think it was a great event and will be back next year for sure, I think that next year it will be even better and there will be many more people. I’m also going to apply for the competition – I should have done so this year but didn’t think I was good enough. More confidence needed as I think I would have done well!