Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Mold making time!

Here are images of the mold-making process for the man/woman sculpture I posted previously. This is a plaster "press" mold or slip cast mold. These pictures document only one half of the "clam-shell"----there are in fact two halves.

I will be using this mold to press clay into and create "terra cotta" reproductions. 

Here is the clay wall I built around the figure: (Note the indents I poked in the clay to create interlocking "keys" between the two mold halves) 

Jen Harmon Allen making a mold of a sculpture

The splatter coat comes first. This is my favorite! I love the ceiling texture effect. I think I'll employ this in a finished sculpture very soon:

Jen Harmon Allen making a sculpture mold

Plaster layers building up. I think I'm in love all over again. It's at times like these I realize that plaster is my medium. It forces me to be loose with texture and experimental with form. I like this mold as it is!

Jen Harmon Allen making a sculpture mold

 Peeling off the wall after completion of the first half of the plaster mold:

Sans clay wall, getting ready to do the second half:

Jen Harmon Allen making a sculpture mold

A thin coating of clay slip is painted on the surface where the clay wall used to be. Now ready for the splatter coat on the second half:

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