MMT1 Part 5. Hole drilling and superglue practice

Methods for Project 5 – first of all, will it physically work?

I plan to join up broken pieces of plaster with stitch and glue and to add small pieces of coiling to the plaster, (in contrast to the large pieces used June 18th, 2017).

Experimental hole-drilling and gluing samples.

The first challenge was finding a drill bit small enough to make discreet holes in the plaster.   A local hardware shop was able to supply some “engineering” drill bits.  The next challenge was fixing these tiny bits into my enormous screwdriver; it worked – amazing!  My screwdriver, incidentally, is the same one used for the wrapping exercises during Part 2 of the course, resulting in one of my favourite pieces, and it feels rather good to unwrap one piece of artwork and use it to make another piece of artwork..

drill 12

Yes, standard superglue works on Sculptamold ..

plaster glue experiment
Sculptamold tile, broken, glued back together with superglue.  Small coil added with more superglue.

Yes, it is possible to drill holes through a piece of Sculptamold using an ordinary drill-bit. The wrapped cocktail sticks I stuck through the holes made interesting shadows in the sunshine, also different effects according to how far they are pushed through.  Something to think about for the future.

plaster pierced w sticks

.. and yes, it is possible to drill tiny holes in Sculptamold using an engineering drill-bit in a large drill.  For this experiment I wrapped some plaster around a cardboard tube covered in clingfilm and string (to give textural interest on the inside).  Holes were drilled along the edges and thread sewn through.


Finally, I wondered what would happen if I piled some small pieces of wrapped twine into another piece of plaster and sewed them in, using three strong stitches along the base.  Yes, that worked too, but the three stitches showed on the base so maybe glue would be better.

plaster curved red coils

The next post describes my first piece of plaster sewing, gluing and coiling work.

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