A Sculptor's Guide to Tools and Materials - Second Edition by Bruner F. Barrie

By Bruner F. Barrie

Written for the scholar sculptor, this moment variation of the preferred Sculptor's advisor, now with greater than ninety photographs of sculpting instruments and add-ons, is an creation to the extensive global of sculpture: clay and wax modeling, mildew making, casting, and the enlarging of items of sculpture, wooden carving, stone carving, ceramics, and wet clay items. Addresses all features of the use and serve as of sculpting instruments and fabrics utilized in conventional sculpture. every one bankruptcy concludes with a troubleshooting part which solutions questions most commonly asked by way of the coed and people problem areas skilled by means of the sculptor. additionally explains how instruments are made. Charts on proportional requisites of fabrics, weights and measures, plus an intensive thesaurus of phrases are supplied. A key note method can be utilized to simply discover a subject matter.

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Platinum Silicon Rubber is another ma- The primary casting material used in the sculpture field, plaster, a gypsum product, is basically a calcium deposit that has been mined and air floated in a powder form. When water is added the composition heats mildly, hardens or sets, and then cures within 24 hours. Green plaster (plaster that has set but is still wet) can be de-molded an hour after setting. A 24-hour cure time is recommended. The mixing and setting time is approximately 20 minutes. A plaster retarder will slow the setting time of the plaster but is not generally available through stores since there is little demand for it.

Sample or test batches should be made to determine the correct proportion. To hasten, that is, speed up, the setting, you can add salt to the mix. Again test batches should be made to determine the proper proportions of mix and salt. Once plaster has set up it will not break down but will absorb water. When casting plaster into a plaster mold it is necessary to soak the mold so the casting will not adhere to it. Gypsum products2 are not meant for outdoor use under any circumstances, since over a long period of time the elements will cause deterioration of the material no matter how dry and sunny it is.

The mold takes on the color of the casting material. Can this be avoided? The rubber will pick up the color of the casting material especially if it is black or dark brown. Casting lighter materials will alleviate this somewhat. From experience I have learned to make light casts first, then the darker ones. If a series is to be made of different colors, I recommend separate molds for each color be made from the master cast. The latex has a pink tint. Is this a problem? No. When latex has been exposed to sunlight, even in its container, a pink hue will result.

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