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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Degree Show Planning

My recent experimentations and research into interdisciplinary processes and new mediums have given me some possible ideas for the making of my degree show pieces.

I know that I would like my piece or pieces to explore the intersections of printmaking, photography, drawing and sculpture. For this exploration to occur I am looking for certain criteria within the mediums I am working with.

Once I have found the material/materials and processes that allow for this interdisciplinary exploration, I will need to experiment with and decide how I would like my work to be displayed.

Above are some of the possible outcomes and options for my degree show pieces.

Experimenting with silicone rubber

Plaster casting step 3

With my plaster casts I created silicone rubber impressions.

 

What you will need:

Silicone

Catalyst

Rubber mixing bowl

Plastic spatula

Rubber gloves

Work bench

 

Here is what I did:

  • The amount of silicone you will need depends on the depth of your plaster casts.
  • Mix four heaped table spoons of silicone with one cap full of catalyst.
  • Mix well until the  viscosity of the mixture changes and becomes stiffer when stirring.
  • From arms height, drizzle the liquid into the centre of the plaster cast.
  • When you have dropped all of the mixture into the cast, give it a vigorous shake/tap to disperse the air bubbles.
  • Leave to set for a couple of days.
  • When the silicone is set you can peel it away from the plaster mould.

 

The plaster casts can be used indefinitely to create as many impressions as you like.

Happy experimenting!

Plaster casting part two

If you wish to keep the clay impressions then carefully peel them away from the plaster. The clay can be fired afterwards.

When the clay has been peeled away, you will be left with a solid impression from your clay surface.

I will be using my plaster casts to create silicone rubber impressions. To see the final step in this three part process, please view my next post on Experimenting with silicone rubber.