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  1. The Life Caster's Best Friend

    Algislo     A number of years ago we asked our chemist to develop and application that would delay the set time of alginate. After a number of trial and errors he came up with a formula we call Algislo. Through a series of symbiotic events, not only does this formula delay the set time of all alginate impression material products, it also dissolves the surface of alginate.
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  2. Hyper Realist Sculptor Jamie Salmon

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    Wreckage - small By Jamie Salmon   Jamie Salmon is a British born, self-taught contemporary sculptor, living and working in Vancouver, Canada. He started his career working as a commercial artist and sculptor for the movie effects industry. He specializes in hyper-realistic sculpture, both figurative and portrait, utilizing such materials as silicone rubber, resin, hair and fabric.
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  3. Gimme a Little Squeeze, Will Ya, Huh?


    When you squeeze something, it gets smaller. Unless you're at Argonne National Laboratory.

    At the suburban Chicago laboratory, a group of scientists has seemingly defied the laws of physics and found a way to apply pressure to make a material expand instead of compress or contract.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  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. 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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  9. Why You Should Join Local Art Associations

    Join Art Associations   

    Ellen Martin, editor of The Martin Gallery on Facebook posted the following recommendations on why you should join local art associations to increase your art business.

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  10. 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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