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Suitable Mold Materials for Clay Puppets
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I'm trying to figure out how I could melt down some van aken clay and pour it into a mold. I don't have a vacuum chamber, so I worry about silicone. What's the best material to make the mold out of?…Continue

Tags: gypsum, silicone, ultra-cal, aken, pouring

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Taylor Jun 20, 2020.

 

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Jim Taylor replied to Dale's discussion Suitable Mold Materials for Clay Puppets
Jun 20, 2020
Jim Taylor replied to Dale's discussion Suitable Mold Materials for Clay Puppets
"StopmoNick is right on about latex shrinkage, but I think I'd try it; depending on what you're molding, it may not be a big deal.  Also, you may try this: I recently had to sculpt a medusa head (see the pic) and I didn't want to…"
Jun 12, 2020
Dale replied to Jay Kee's discussion Justice League Project
"Looks great! How long did that project take to complete?"
Jun 11, 2020
Dale replied to Dale's discussion Suitable Mold Materials for Clay Puppets
"Thanks for the advice! I'll definitely get some silicone and try it out. Seemed a little pricey compared to the other options but I'm sure it's worth it"
Jun 10, 2020
StopmoNick replied to Dale's discussion Suitable Mold Materials for Clay Puppets
"If the idea is to cast several duplicates of your clay sculpt in plasticine, then you do want a flexible mould.  You make a hard plaster mould so you can cast your clay sculpt in silicone or latex, both flexible materials.  The original…"
Jun 10, 2020
Greyguy replied to Dale's discussion Suitable Mold Materials for Clay Puppets
"You don't need a v chamber just mix slowly and pour into you mold box containing your sculpture in a thin stream to help pop the bubbles that remain"
Jun 10, 2020
Greyguy replied to Dale's discussion Suitable Mold Materials for Clay Puppets
"Yot don't need a v chamber just mix slowly and pour into you mold box containing your sculpture in a thin stream to help pop the bubbles that remain"
Jun 10, 2020
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Suitable Mold Materials for Clay Puppets

I'm trying to figure out how I could melt down some van aken clay and pour it into a mold. I don't have a vacuum chamber, so I worry about silicone. What's the best material to make the mold out of? Can I use Ultra-cal? I do like the idea of a more rigid mold, however, I do worry about it being harder to release the finished clay figure.I'd prefer something longer-lasting (alginate had me excited before I learned how short-lived it can be)Looking forward to hearing from anyone with experience…See More
Jun 9, 2020
Dale replied to Anthony Scott's discussion Please Introduce Yourself
"Hey everyone, I've been focused on stop motion for the last 5 years. Before that, I mostly did flash animations. I've always been intrigued by this technique, and so far I find it quite addictive!  As I mentioned I've been…"
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