Richard Tillison, a UK artist and sculptor created this interesting torso casting in gypsum plaster. He decorated it by etching a variety of designs into the plaster and then highlighted them with a dark acrylic paint. He explained that the torso was accidentally broken in two and he decided to knit it together using cooper straps. The result is a far more interesting piece than an unbroken one.
Life casting by Ontario artist Jamie Brick using mixed media. Jamie always combines found objects in his work especially from the deep forest where he lives (note the hair). The art work is decorated using a re-purposed silver service.
This is Gabriella who after seeing the finished sent me a poem she entitled "Selune'" My attempt was to create a classical looking style of a female torso more in line with ancient Greek marbles. It made a lovely wall hanging.
A number of years I ago I was invited to the Kansas City Art Institute (a four-year college of fine arts and design) to demonstrate torso casting to a college art class by several art professors. I was told that I would demonstrate the life casting on a nude female life drawing model. Expecting a young college coed, I packed my suitcase and life casting materials and headed West. To my my shock, and the pure amusement of the professors, I was introduced to Katherine, their 300, plus pound model. Immediately sweat poured down my face wondering if I had brought enough materials. Luckily I just had enough. I understand Katherine's torso casting is still hanging in one of the KCAI studios. It wasn't my best work - but at least it was a finished one - it almost wasn't . . .
Simple mold making using ArtMolds' MoldGel alginate as the mold making medium. A small object is secured to the bottom of a cup with hot glue. The alginate is mixed, then slowly pour over the object. Cure time is just 5-minute before demolding.
The Casting of Angels is a soft cover book of the late Dave Parvins' collection of articles, tips, experiments and approaches to the art of life casting that appeared in the Art Casting Journal over a span of a decade and a half. If you are into life casting you'll be certain to take away some great lessons from this book. Its available on Amazon.
A number of years ago I took a commission to life cast the full upper torso of the international super model Iman ( the late David Bowie's wife). I was asked to make four copies to be used by jewelers to create a jewelry line for this well known UK company. Each torso needed to be created tough so it could be hammered on and of course modestly. These were the results.
Here's an artistic way to saving for a rainy day. Embedding coins using KastEZ Resin a non-yellowing fast setting, no order polyurethane. We place the casting on a Whip Mix vibrating table to help eliminate air bubbles.
For those mold makers that feel that size matters here is the perfect product. PanoCast 160 will increase the size of a casting up 160%. Cast this polyurethane formula. After demolding submerge it in water for up to 14 days – in increase in size proportionately.
I saw a documentary on how steel ships are kept together. It was riveting. Speaking of metal, these are example of metal cold casting of various pieces of hardware. We used a silicone mold of an original and then cast with one-part brass or bronze powder by weight o two parts KastEZ resin, then buffed out with “0000” steel wool.
I had to look up “Armageddon” the other day, as I didn’t know what it meant. But that’s not the end of the world. But seriously, those of us that use alginate for mold making know how delicate and prone to tears it is. But not FiberGel, our special effects grade alginate containing two types of fibers, one for tear extreme resistance, the other to hold moisture to significantly delay shrinkage.
Casting your heart out makes room for your soul to grow. Now you can assure its healthy for you and your models too with our great selections of four silica-free alginate impression materials by ArtMolds.
What’s the hardest part of being a product manager? Explaining what you do to your parents. In the meantime (while explaining) here is a chart showing the applications for EnvironMolds ArtMolds Brand mold making and casting products.
Making cement garden castings is easy and inexpensive using latex molds - though a bit tie consuming while waiting for latex to dry in between coats it gives you more time for snacking or drinking a previously unspoken benefit.
Milk painting is an ancient Renaissance finishing technique for plaster creating an internal glow marble like finish to plaster. Directions: Paint the surface with as many coats of milk (let each coat dry) until the milk beads up. There is no odor to this method, just an elegant shine.