The Full Torso Casting Kit is a step away from our Full Body Casting Kit. The kit allows you to make a mold of the front and rear torso. Then after casting the two sections that are fitted together to create a full torso of the front and back. This is an intermediate to advanced skilled kit, but it a very worthwhile lifecasting project. The lifecaster should be familiar with the basic molding and casting concepts. The skill you will acquire is in fitting together both halves and making an invisible seam. You can count on the staff at ArtMolds to make certain that the materials are of the highest quality every time. The kit uses the alginate/plaster bandage technique. Two layers of MoldGel Brand alginate capture the minutest details of the torso front. A fiber is then embedded in the alginate to bond the support mold consisting of Gypsona Brand plaster bandages. This allows for an accurate mold that casts without slippage.
The rear torso is molded using only plaster bandages because it does not have the detail associated with the front.
Casting The Mold
When the mold is removed from the model it is prepared for casting. The kit utilizes a hard casting stone known as CastRite. A thin layer is brushed in with a paint brush to eliminate air bubbles. When that layer has begun to set, a second layer of CastRite is poured in and smoothed into the mold using rubber-gloved hands. This layer is build up to about a 1/4-inch. A third layer of CastRite and chopped fiber glass (for extra strength) is then added. The final casting is about 1/2 to 3/4-inch thick. The two halves are then matched with uneven edges ground away to create about a 1/4-inch seam that is held fast from the inside by fiber glass matting for strength. The seam is then filled with CastRite and sanded smooth when dry. The result is a beautiful seamless hollow casting ready for mounting.
A very pleasing work of art can be created by simply sealing the finished cast with a semi-gloss polyurethane varnish. Once dry several layers of Johnson's Paste Wax can be applied. The result is a very serviceable marble look. A more classic look of foundry bronze can be created using the ArtMold's Finishing kit which contains both a faux bronze finish and a light verdis green patina finish. Used alone or in combination a number of interesting finishes can be achieved.
Each Kit Contains:
- MoldGel alginate-based mold powder
- CastRite casting stone
- MoldEZ - skin and mold release
- GelStick alginate bonder
- Plaster Bandages
- Faux mohair to bond MoldGel to plaster bandage
- Rubber gloves
- Sand paper
- Drop cloth