Part 3, Assignment 3. Project 2. Moulding and Casting. Casting onto an embroidered surface

I have been exploring the uses of this stitch throughout the Course so far, and think it will feature in my final piece for Part 5.  It has a strong texture and defined shape, just perfect for a casting experiment.

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Vilene was cut to the size of the ice-cream carton lid which would  be used as a mould.  I chose a lid because the sides are low enough to enable the plaster  cast to be ejected easily.  The Vilene was cut, then re-joined using baseball stitch in waxed garden twine.  This was chosen both for its slippery surface and strong texture.

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The lid was covered in clingfilm to help with removal of the cast plaster, and also because the lid had little protuberances along the sides which might have affected the cast.  I stuck the Vilene to the clingfilm with little ‘bangles’ of double-sided tape.

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The embroidery and Vilene was rubbed over with Vaseline to stop the plaster sticking to the string.

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Slightly tinted plaster was poured onto the embroidery in the lid

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The plaster and embroidery tipped out of the mould together very easily.

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The resulting plaster cast.  The stitched Vilene is clean and can be re-used.  This experiment was made about six weeks ago and, unfortunately, is now in pieces having been dropped on the floor…  The pieces can be used as a collage resource so no great worries.

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Casting repeated using Sculptamold.  I prefer this one, it is more delicate in appearance despite having an irregular surface; it’s a contradiction, which is always interesting.  It really looks like a fossil too.

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Quite attractive when combined with drawing.

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