Techniques

  1. Bas Relief on the Cheap

    By David E. Parvin, A.L.I.  - Sculpture Journal December 2000

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    Unless you are so well established that you are immune to a downturn, you have to be aware of and affected by the current softness in the art market. I suspect that the only beneficiaries are collectors; it has to be a buyers’ market. Those of us who create, manufacture, or sell art are carrying on the best we can in lean times. We sculptors have an especially difficult path to follow because of the high “development” cost in bringing a new piece to market. Consider the painter who only has to purchase a canvas, some paint, and a frame and in some relatively short amount of time has something that might be turned into cold hard cash. We sculptors also have to purchase raw materials, but our creations ofte

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  2. Alginate Casting

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    Alginate, that odd substance derived from seaweed, has several uses. Sure, you can use it as food supplement and for dental casts. Of course, those are the less interesting uses.

    Let's talk about the fun way you can use alginate: alginate casting!

    Alginate is one of the safest ways you can make molds and castings of people's hands, feet, faces, or even bodies. Since it's made out of seaweed, there are small odds of an allergic reaction.

    That makes it a great choice for your next casting project. Since you want the best possible results, let's jump right into the tips.

    1. Prep Your Work Are

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  3. Making Unique Candles Part-1

    How To Make Unique Candles. Hello, mold makers and crafters I should warn you, in this two-part video, you are not going to see genetic mold making advice. Instead, I’m going to reveal little-known mold making and casting tips to make the candle making the process a snap and provide you with amazing results.

    This is EnvironMolds where you can learn to reproduce anything . . . and so let’s dive right in.

    CANDLE MAKING

    Making candles can be a great hobby that is very easy to learn. It does not require a lot of tools and you will quickly be able to make some excellent products such as synthetic bees wax. Candle making is a fun, too, especially when the designs are your own . . . unique and different. Those are the ones m

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  4. How to Calculate Amount of Mold Material Needed

    Now you can stop guessing. This video teaches the mold maker how to easily calculate the precise amount of mold material needed to eliminate waste or material shortages.

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  5. Unique Candle Making With Found Objects

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    CANDLE MAKING

    Making candles can be a great hobby that is very easy to learn. It does not require a lot of tools and you will quickly be able to make some excellent products. Candle making is a fun, too, especially when they are unique and different. Those are the ones most appreciated as gifts and seem to sell better than traditional style candles. In our example we are using a small and highly detailed statue of an Asian woman dressed in many centuries’ old garb.

    The first thing we do is to make a silicone rubber mold using ArtMolds’ MoldRite 25 silicone. Once the mold is made we will pour beeswax into it to create a number of copies of this interesting candle design. Using a hot glue gun, we secure the statue to a piece of foam board. We then cut a piece of transparent mailing tube to fit over the statue allowing a half inch

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  6. Life Casting: An Eye Opening Technique

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    You can immediately distinguish the talented lifecasting artist from the novice by a glance at the eyes. That is the eyes of the face or portrait casting. As even a beginning life casting artist can pull of a passable face casting with little to no experience. The face with its closed eyes is about as inspirational as a death mask. Such as the face castings made by European undertakers for their deceased clients in the 17th and 18th centuries. They were important memorials at the time, since photography had not yet taken hold. A plaster mold was made of the departed ‘s face and then a plaster or wax cast was made from the mold. Today the technique is more advanced in the use of skin safe products such as alginate and silicone, but sadly the results are most often the same. A duplicate of the face or head in a

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  7. Life Casting Perfect Ears

    Life casting perfect ears tutorial: This video explains the two methods most frequently used to cast perfect since ears are very difficult to cast due to their delicateness. The first method is that used be special F/X artist and the second method which was developed by the late Dave Parvin is used successfully in life casting.

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  8. Liquid Latex Mold Types Tutorial

    This video describes the kinds of liquid latex rubber molds that can be made to reproduce a variety of items including the blanket mold, block mold, glove mold, 2-part mold and complex mold.

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  9. EnvironMolds Website – Redesigned and Upgraded

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    The EnvironMolds website has undergone a major overhaul and is back with a spanking new setup. The tabs make it easy to locate the right products you need even when you may not know what you actually need.

    Have you checked out the EnvironMolds website recently? The space has undergone a major revamp and the results are more than worth a dekko. The bright colors and large pictures draw the eye and will leave you craving to try a hand at making molds and casts.

    The upgrade has made the website easier to navigate. You can easily find the exact products you want – be it plastilina clay, alginate, silicone rubber or cold casting powders.

    On scrolling further you will find that the home page is conveniently split into two sections – Products and Applications. Artists who know

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  10. Stuck Inside Giant Stone Vagina Sculpture

    Just like the warning label on the last step of a step ladder seems to defy common sense, the lack of one on a giant stone vagina sculpture was an exchange student's undoing. Firefighters have delivered a U.S. foreign exchange student from a giant stone vagina after the man became stuck when he crawled inside the campus art installation.

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