Thursday, July 2, 2009

Starting the Latex Mold

Since I wasn't planning on creating multiple castings I chose liquid latex as my mold making material. Latex won't adhere to damp clay so I didn't need to apply a release agent to the sculpture.

The first coat of latex will capture all the detail. For this reason it is important to apply it carefully. Blowing gently across the surface of the sculpture can help the latex to flow into any crevices and also helps pop air bubbles.

Here is some photos of the first coat of latex brushed onto Kong's head. Later after several applications of latex had been applied I began tacking down gauze wet with latex. This helps strengthen the mold. Next post I'll show the completed mold and the casting of Kong's head.

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