5 years ago#1
tempussands
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I am trying to sculpt a life size person kneeling down . I have a few months to do this and money isnt an extremley limiting factor.
I have read about using plaster bandages to do this . How effective is this really and how can I do it?
If I am trying to emulat ethe work of Segal , is it too laborious to try using plaster bandages at home?
Any advice as to this method or any other ways of constructing a life size person would be very much appreciated!
it doesnt have to be extremely resilient - I want it to be displayed inside.
Thank you so much for any help guys!

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5 years ago#2
STELLA
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I use burlap sacks and cut them into strips... they last forever !! much better than the pricey plaster strips

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5 years ago#3
pabrad
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sculpting and lifecasting are two entirely different things.

which are you doing?

if you are lifecasting, come out of the prehistoric era and use modern materials for god's sake. there are silicone materials (ie: BODY DOUBLE, which is archival) designed explicitly for the purpose of taking impressions off the human body.

if you don't want to use silicone, then how about alginate? ALJA SAFE is excellent for making temporary molds off the human body too. But they are good for one (possibly two) castings before they rip.

I have used both; prefer the BODY DOUBLE because it sticks to itself; never shrinks or dries out; can cast many different media into the mold; and it is archival.

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4 years ago#4
blue terd
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the inquiry is about additive sculpture.

But on topic of body casting, an alternative method Ive used to obtain human impressions is to heat about 200 lbs of banana flavored taffy to a molten state and apply to human model with various sized paint brushes. then transfer the taffy covered model to a large refridgerated room(walk-in freezer usually works fine) so the molecular structure is tactily stable enough (about 35-43 degrees is ideal)for the removal of mold. Use a variety of mold knives and or razors (depending on thickness of taffy), first heated with a propane or natural gas flame, to butterly separate the sections of the mold for casting. After mold is separated, cast your catalyzing medium of choice.

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3 years ago#5
Cori
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Uh, not to sound ignorant, but wouldn't molten candy burn the skin of your model? Or were you being sarcastic?

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2 years ago#6
ava
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Why not just build a proper pipe support on a rolling stand and then clamp braided thick aluminnum wire to it ( including a thin steel pipe 4 the neck support ?

Then sculpt Ur figure out of softened clay ...

MUCH easier and I bet U will like the results much more too ...

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1 year ago#7
Jik
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Chicken wire for the basic shape and plaster strips over that to build the form up.

I did a plaster bust like this once and it worked out quite well. Wasn't that heavy either.

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1 year ago#8
benstone2
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use a large block of polystyrene and a kitchen knife to start off.if you take too much away then build up with plaster. sounds crude but with patience you can achieve superb results. no need for an armature and figure is lightweight.

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1 year ago#9
mickpearson
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this is a really nice piece benstone2 did you carve it in poly and coat it in plaster yourself really smart.

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1 year ago#10
Benstone2
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This is a picture of the finished stone. It was a replacement section to repair a rococo box tomb in Gloucestershire.

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1 year ago#11
mickpearson
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HI BENSTONE2. i was helping someone who wanted to build a life size statue this way and told them to use polystyrene. they now build statues 9 feet tall human figures. much lighter than before coated in clay's.

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