EnvironMolds/Artmolds Blog

  1. Renaissance Life Casting

    head Pot  

    The book, “The Craftsman’s Handbook” or “Il Libro dell’ Arte” by Cannino d’Andrea Cennini (Translated from Latin by Daniel V. Thompson, Jr.), is a guide to methods of painting, mold making and casting. It was written toward the end of the Renaissance period in the 15th century, in Florence, Italy where the movement began. The book served as an art student’s introduction into the ways of his craft.

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  2. The Art Inspector; Or Are You an Eco-Friendly Artist?

    Earth Friendly  

    The Art Inspector is a third party certification agent that examines the environmental impact of art process and practice. Art Inspector works with interested agents such as curators, artists, collectors, and others in order to pre-qualify artists who pass a standard of environmental stewardship.

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  3. Procedure for Creating a 15th Century Face Casting Part 1

    Face Casting Apparutus  

    The following procedures documents a method of face casting in the 15th century as detailed by Cennino d’Andrea Cennini in his book "Il Libro dell' Arte".

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  4. The Right Material to Cast a Baby’s Hand or Foot

    Babies Hnads and Feet    

    I was asked a question yesterday concerning the selection of the correct material to make a life casting of a baby’s hand and foot. An alginate impression material is a good choice. But even better, is a formula that we developed using only food grade ingredients. In addition, it contains no silica or heavy metals as most alginates do. More importantly the formula is a softsetting, about the hardness of a hardboiled egg, allowing an easy extraction of baby’s hand or foot.

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  5. Ron Mueck Works on Exhibition

    Ron Mueck Dead Dad  

    Ron Mueck’s work is on display in Paris with a total of nine mixed-media works completed between 2002-2013. Ron Mueck's solo show is at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, which will be on view until the end of September 2013. It is the first major European show since 2005 dedicated to this UK-based artist known for his small and large-scale, hyperrealist sculptures.

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  6. Artistic Accidents Can Lead to Great Art

    Bisque Torso  

    Laura Fitzpatrick in Time Magazine wrote. “Sometimes it can be tough to tell the difference between an accident and art. That was the lesson learned when a visitor at London's Royal Academy stumbled into the 9-ft.-tall ceramic sculpture at the heart of a 2008 exhibition by Costa Rican artist Tatiana Echeverri Fernandez. Initially, an eyewitness reported, museumgoers seemed to think the hundreds of pieces of broken pottery were part of the exhibition. "They were taking pictures," said the witness, Claire San Martin, at the time. "It was quite funny." Fernandez likely thought otherwise.


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  7. The “Must Have” Equipment for Every Casting Studio

    Gleco Plaster Trap    Uh oh, the studio sink is stopped up again. Who is dumping plaster water down the drain? That was a common refrain in our studio for years. We tried to carefully discard plaster water outside in a discarded 55-gallon drum as the suspended plaster eventually accumulates in the “p” trap and stops up the sink. But no matter how many cautions I gave out, in their haste, helpers often forgot, or thought that it was just harmless “white” water, “What harm can it do?”
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  8. Life Casting Artist and Sculptor John Ahearn

    John Ahearn Small   For many years John Ahearn (born Binghamton, New York, 1951) lived and worked in the South Bronx of New York, where he created the majority of his castings in collaboration with artist Rigoberto Torres. Though he may be best known by many for his “repetitive life casting” of real people in his South Bronx neighborhood, John Ahearn has been bringing his artistic works to communities around the world – as well as galleries and museums – since the early 1980′s.
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  9. An Artistic Homonym

    Kim Small  

    To those of you who follow this blog, the term lifecasting has the meaning of a mold made, and then a cast made that is taken directly from a living person. But to perhaps many more people who are not familiar with this art form, (unfortunately they are still legion) it is a very foreign definition, indeed.

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  10. Chinese Farmer Jailed for Other Worldly "Life" Casting

    Small Alien      

    As proof of extraterrestrial life, one Chinese farmer's crudely built rubber alien, was found stashed in his freezer chest in his garage. Sadly, it may have been his first attempt as it was rather unconvincing. When it was discovered by the authorities, the errand other-worldly life caster was carted off to jail for disturbing the peace.

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