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face mask--alginate

updated mon 30 jun 97


Clay on wed 11 jun 97

alginate is an idea.

I still think that plaster is a very danger idea, even you have a hammer.
I'll rather you pour a lot of water before it set if anything happen.

The thing about alginate is they shrink within half an hour if you put too
much water on before or after it set.

And it is like a very soft rubber, so you still need plaster as a backing.

Make sure you have two little holes with straw for your model to breath.
Alginate is so good & detail and at the same time remind your model that
some hair might come off.

Pour in plaster to duplicate from your mould is recommanded to do right the
way after mould is set.

Recommanded plaster will be Plaster of paris from USG .Which is a fast
setting plaster. & the final mold will be Pottery No1 Plaster. 100
Water-140Plaster Mixed by weight.

alginate can find in all Hospital supply.

>Have you also considered making a mold from alginate? It's a dental mold
>making material. Very easy to use if you can coordinate it's application
>quickly. It will flex as it's removed from the subject so you can get away
>with a little undercutting.
>From: Ceramic Arts Discussion List on behalf of Toni Martens
>Sent: Monday, June 09, 1997 4:49 PM
>To: Multiple recipients of list ClayArt
>Subject: Any help and or suggesions?
>----------------------------Original message----------------------------
>I am in the process of incubating an idea for a largish mural.
>I would like to incorporate facemasks in it. I would like to make
>moulds of actual faces, try to get samples of all the ethnic groups
>in our country.
>Anybody know how I can make face moulds without suffocating my
> models( straw in mouth?) or encasing them forever in plaster?
>So many people respoded to teaching teens, some wonderful ideas.
>Thank you all and thanks in advance for 'new' help.
>Toni M in glorious golden sunshine and NO humidty winter Durban