Part 3, Assignment 3. Project 2. Molding the internal surface of an object. Experiment no. 2.

Using a cardboard tube to control the waywardness of liquid plaster.

The first sample made using a thin plastic bag resulted in a crazy mess of plaster and embedded plastic, so this time I attempted to control things by putting the moulding bag into a second mold.  An old toilet roll tube was ideal.  It was a little tricky getting the plaster mixture into the tube, but gentle pushing got the bag wedged in eventually .  A carabiner was used to hang the bag of plaster, in its tube up, so gravity would ensure the shape stayed cylindrical.

 

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The sample is successfully achieved, but I am not excited about it.

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The serrated knife marks incised into the cracks both smooth out rough edges and make an interesting texture.

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I didn’t expect the finished sample to be so small.

This casting isn’t spectacular and I cannot relate it to textiles.  In an attempt to force a relationship with textiles I drew the piece with Inktense pencils on polyester sheeting, blended the drawing with water, then made a quilt sandwich and free machine embroidered over it.  It has been a while since I have experimented with free machine embroidery, and only the second time I have ever done it with more than one layer, so technically it isn’t perfect, but I think the result is very interesting and one that could be used with printing during Part 4.

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