Experimenting with melting and bending perspex

 

 

Carrying on with my material experiments, today I am melting and bending my perspex etchings to give them a sculptural form.

To shape the melted perspex I have bent steel sheets into a range of different curved formations. These metal shapes will act as a template for the perspex to mould to when it is hot.

I am pleased with the results of these experiments and am hopping to create similar work on a larger scale for my degree show.

 

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Experimenting with the laser cutter

Today I have been etching my collection of photographed textural matter onto perspex with the laser cutter.

At a later stage I would like to experiment with printing from these perspex etchings.

To see the results of my perspex printing experiments, please see Perspex etchings and prints.

 

Photography

 

 

 

Here are some of the photographs of textural matter I have been capturing and collecting since the start of the semester.

I have been incorporating my photographs into a range of different materials and processes, including cyanotype, screen printing and perspex etchings.

I will be using a number of my collected images in my degree show pieces, along with a variety of opposing disciplines.

 

Experimenting with latex

Today I am experimenting with latex.

I have used my collagraph plaques to create these latex reliefs.

 

What you will need:

Vaseline

Textural surface/Object

Latex

Latex hardener

Plastic cup

Paintbrush

 

What to do:

  • First you will need to apply a layer of vaseline to protect your textural surface and ensure that the latex can be easily removed once set.
  • Follow the instructions on the latex bottle & latex hardener and mix accordingly (usually 1 : 10).
  • Give the mixture a stir until you feel the latex stiffening.
  • Apply the latex to your surface in thin layers.
  • Wait for each layer to dry before applying the next.
  • Build to the desired thickness (I used about 4 layers).
  • When all the latex is set you can peel it way from your surface.

 

Happy Experimenting!