Full Body Life Casting David Blaine - ArtMolds

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David Blaine, the illusionist was their spokesperson. The client wanted a full body cast, with David holding the LG Shine cell phone, but had a limited budget. To keep within the confines of the client's budget we just made a frontal face mold of the talent's face at his hotel in New York City. Then at our studio in Summit, NJ, we added ears, the back of the head, hair and sculpted open the eyes.&nbsp;This created a full head and shoulders of David Blaine's likeness.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">The next step was to make&nbsp; a secondary mold so that we could cast the head in resin. We also cast&nbsp; other body parts at the studio using an additional model and integrated those parts into the final statue. For example, one hand was cast holding the cell phone. The other hand was holding a fanned deck of cards -- David's signature.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">We used MoldGel for all of the initial mold making. The wonderful characteristic about MoldGel is its ability to cast very delicate materials that are normally affected by dampness. MoldGel binds most of the water within the gelled material. That is why fast set resin can be cast in it without ill effects since water and resin do not normally work well together.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">The finished piece required a silver metallic finish. This was achieved by using several coats of high quality metallic silver automobile paint which was then dried and hardened under infra red lights and clear coated. As you can see, the effect is that of&nbsp; a metallic statue. Yet the piece weighs only 40-lbs.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-size: medium;">A crate was built from plywood about 7-ft. tall and 3-ft. square. The statue was wrapped in bubble wrap and foam pillows for protection and the crate was filled will polyurethane foam popcorn to protect it on it trans Atlantic </span><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">flight. FedEx delivered it just one half hour before the event opening. That was as close as it gets.</span></p> </div> </div> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;"><strong>MATERIALS:</strong><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>The head and both hands of a second model were cast using ArtMolds'<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: #000000;"><a title="MoldGel Sto Set Alginate" href="/moldgel-silfree-regular-set.html" target="_self">MoldGel Sloset</a>&nbsp;alginate impresion material.</span>&nbsp; The secondary mold was made using ArtMolds'<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a title="MoldRite 25 Silicone Mold Making Rubber" href="/silicone-rubber-moldrite-25.html"><span style="color: #000000;">MoldRite-25</span></a>, a tin-based silicone. The head and hands were cast using ArtMolds'<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a title="KastEZ Casting Resin" href="/kastez-casting-resin.html"><span style="color: #000000;">KastEZ</span><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>resin</a>, an ivory white colored,fast setting polyurethane resin. For the initial sculpt we also used clay and fast set epoxy resin for fillers.</span></p> <p><span style="color: #000000; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: medium;">We are happy to answer your questions on the production of this piece. You can call us toll free at: 1-866-ARTMOLDS (278-6653)</span></p> <hr /> <p><em><span style="font-family: Arial; color: #000000; font-size: medium;"><strong>Acknowledgement:<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></strong>We are very grateful for the invaluable help and suggestions of Project Leader Alex Lefley of<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a style="color: maroon; text-decoration: none;" title="Hill Knowlton" href="http://www.hillandknowlton.co.uk/default.aspx" target="_blank"><span style="color: #000000;">Hill and Knowlton</span></a>, in the UK office (the world's largest PR firm), who championed this project from its initial concept<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span>to the uncrating and installation at its destination. Cheers, Alex!</span></em></p> <p><span style="color: #000000;"><a style="color: maroon; text-decoration: none;" href="/images/blaine_2_big.jpg"><span style="color: #000000;"><img src="http://www.artmolds.com/images/blaine_2.jpg" alt="" width="99" height="300" /></span></a></span></p></div>

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