Started the paint job

Started the paint job, originally uploaded by Jamie Durrant. The first pass at the paint job. I’m using pax paint, which is essentially a 50/50 mixture of prosaide and acrylic paint. If you need a wash that is less opaque, then use some water in the mixture. I need to go back and add more […]
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Latex Head

Ok, so I’ve pulled a couple of heads from the molds now. I’m going to be filling one with expanded foam so that it can be displayed. Here’s my first pulled one, with all the flash that will need to be removed. It took about 5 layers of latex to get a thickness of approx […]
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Molding the head Part 2

Molding Latex Creature Head, originally uploaded by Jamie Durrant. I used around five layers of plaster to give me the thickness and support I needed. With every new batch of plaster I apply, I add some acrylic paint. This colours the plaster so that I can be sure that I have completely covered the previous […]
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Molding the head

Molding Latex Creature Head, originally uploaded by Jamie Durrant. I used a hard setting dental plaster to make the molds. Unbeknownst to me, it take around 40 minutes to get to a decent consistency like double cream. I use the back of my hand to flick plaster onto the model. This helps to not capture […]
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Prepare to be molded.

Creating Latex Creature Head, originally uploaded by Jamie Durrant. I was in two minds as to use a brass shim divider or a clay wall. As this sculpture was built on top of a plaster head, I didn’t think that the thickness of the clay would support any brass shims I placed along the dividing […]
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Sealing the clay

Creating Latex Creature Head, originally uploaded by Jamie Durrant. I got to the point where I was happy that I couldnt add much more detail to the sculpture. I coated it with a fine shellac so that it wouldn’t dry out in the molding process, it’s also less like to be damaged by tools/fingers in […]
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Creating Latex Creature Head

Creating Latex Creature Head, originally uploaded by Jamie Durrant. Added more wrinkles to the neck to give it a little bit of interest. We’re starting to approach the point at which adding more detail to one area, invariably causes fingermarks on another. Again, this wouldnt be so much of a problem with a harder oil […]
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Refining detail

Creating Latex Creature Head, originally uploaded by Jamie Durrant. The trouble is with use water based clay over plaster, it’s a bugger to keep it at the best consistency for adding tight details. Too wet and you’ll end up with a mush, too dry and cracks will begin to appear. It’s a case of spraying […]
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Creating a latex creature head

Creating Latex Creature Head, originally uploaded by Jamie Durrant. As I’ve recently had time off work, I wanted to do something with my time. Thought I may as well scale up the little creature I made into a full size wearable mask. This is water based clay (I would have like to use oil based, […]
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