More collaging

Hello, dear readers,

I hope your week started well.

I´ve been working on some collages again, the work in blue tones with the mighty eagle was a present to be used as a cover for a calendar / agenda (which was well received). For this work, I used all kinds of paper with as much structure I could get my hands on, and obviously also some scraps from newspapers / magazines that somehow fittet in the composition I had in mind. For glueing, I used some acrylic binder which gave the overall work a nice rough “DIY” feeling.

The other two are some simple journals I buy & use regularily. I made a habit of putting some colour on those dull covers.

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this is the inside

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What I do…

..when I feel stuck and do not seem to be able to do some “serious” art, I buy myself some very cheap notepads and turn them into some wild-fantasy-artsy-colourful-crazy-childish-fun journals I will then fill with my thoroughly intelligent and insightful thoughts. Like – what I want to accomplish within this fresh new year, for instance being more open-minded and focused, more forgiving and heartfelt friendlier – to others and myself, more committed (to whatever), more intellectual and well-read, more creative and innovative, healthier and stronger, slender and fit, more beautiful and….bloody hell, I´m almost starting to believe this ;-). No really, don´t we all tend to plan a bit too much and are a bit too hard on ourselves?

Just always want to be “more”…? Like…perfect?

My plan is to keep the “more” on a tight leash.

And as I know myself, that will be a hell of a job.

I hope your new year started well. Over here in the Northwest of Germany, we finally got some wonderful crunchy snow which I thoroughly enjoyed. Keep warm.

A belated very happy and successful new year to all of you, dear readers!

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Tiny tools for a crafty faun

Hi there,
what would Mac,the crafty one of the two faunian brothers be without his tools – as he usually spends his day building or repairing things.
In addition,  I made him an utility-belt to keep his hammer, knife and such handy. I find it quite nice and practical…wouldn´t mind to have such a thing myself 😉
My next endeavor will be a nice elegant wooden desk for George to write on, and some other little accessoires for both of them.

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Tadaah: Meet Louis LeMur and his little son Ringo

Finally, after quite some time of sculpting and painting and sewing, here we have the thoughtful and agile assistant of Faunia´s mayor Miles, Louis LeMur.

He always has a good advice and and intelligent remark at hand to keep Miles´s meandering comments at bay.

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Louis´ little son Ringo, who is still a bit too small to attend school, loves to accompany him at work, when mom Stella is busy giving her dancing workshops.

Ringo loves to cuddle his red felt teddy bear, to listen to the two grownups and to roll himself into a furr ball when joining Miles for his after-lunch-nap on the comfy office Sofa.

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(pics by Th Schramm, view facebook.com/thomasschrammphotography)

😉  And this is how a typical day at the mayor´s office looks like :

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The Little Green Dragon: The outcome of a lengthy 3D 2-piece mould making process

Now, finally the time has come for the last part of the mini-series about how to duplicate small forms and figurines. My smallest soapstone dragon was a good prototype for trying out the process of making a full 3D mould, which took place in several steps.

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The prototype was “halfend” by a wall of plasticine, following the contours of the half-way line as straight as possible. A wall of cardboard was then built as a pouring area and the prototype was brushed with Vaseline to let the Silicone part from it when added. Small holes were pressed into the Plasticine wall as clearly as possible, they helped to “lock” the two mould halves together.

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The Silicone was prepared with an additive to give it a gelly consistence so it could be brushed onto the prototype thoroughly. When this was done, the Silicone needed to cure. On top of this, a plaster jacket was applied. Messy? Oh yes 😉

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When this had set, all of the Plasticine was removed thoroughly.

The whole process was repeated for the second half of the form. After the second plaster jacket had set, the mould could be taken apart, the prototype was removed and the mould was ready for casting.

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My casting test was a hollow cast done with resin. The liquid material was spread and brushed very carefully into the put-together mould, held by the plaster jackets.

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For the “serious” cast, I added some green pigments to the polyurethane resin. Here is the outcome – a nice little green dragon, light as a feather.

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pic by Th. Schramm

 

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I found it very interesting how many different ways there are to mould and cast, and the astounding and often suprising effects one can apply to the casts using a variety of materials. The possibilities of deception seem endless 😉

Caught green-handed or: how to make a monster hand using the “template” method

One interesting method we learned in the mouldmaking and casting course involved sculping a small version of our hand to mould and cast it. I drew the outline of my hand on a piece of paper which was scaled down 1/3 (the sketch, not my hand ;-O ) so it measured about 8 x 8 cm. For the sculpting, we used sculpey to make a detailed “copy” first of our palm and second of the top of our hand.

Hmm, I thought, my hand looks interesting, but I find a MONSTER HAND with claws much cooler 😉 So my two little flat sculpts got a bit chunky with some nice long nails, and it sure was tricky without really being able to put them together to check if they fit (because then the sculpey halves would have muddled together).

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Strange? Yes! But hang on, the conclusion is on its way!

So the first hand-half was put on a board, a “wall” was built around it (YAY, a perfect occasion to play with Lego 😉 ) . The wall was brushed with vaseline and plaster was poured on top of the sculpey hand-half. The plaster had been prepared beforehand (NEVER pour water into plaster, ALWAYS shake the plaster caaarefully and sloooowly into the water). When it had set, the first part of the 2-piece-mould was finished and the sculpey hand-half was taken out.

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The same procedure with the second hand-half: put on a board, built a wall, vaselined, poured plaster, waited, took out the hand-half when the plaster had set and the second part was finished.

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What happened then?

Alginate was prepared with a lovely lively monstrous green colour pigment. This liquid was poured and brushed thoroughly and VERY quickly (the liquid started to cure within minutes) in both separate halves of the plaster moulds – and with a bit of courage put together and fixed with a strong rubber band. After a short while, there it was, the moment to see if the two halves really had “met” and turned into a smooth, whole and complete hand.

Yes! They did! It had worked fine! Now I have a really cool little green soft flexible rubbery jelleyish monster hand with perfect fortune-telling lines in its palm 😉

 

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(pic by Th. Schramm)

….and is there anymore?

Yes!

The next and final post of this mini-series will tell you how a full 3 D mould for a little soap stone dragon was made – involving silicone rubber, plaster jackets and casting tricks.

Until then – be well, dear readers.