Friday, December 10, 2010
Moulage Head Mold Nº 3
This morning I de-molded the brown wax head from yesterday. The tin can is open on both ends, so I just pushed the moulage mold through and out of the can. Then I pulled it open in the back. This resulted in a tear. I think that next time I will use a knife and make a clean cut instead of tearing the mold. I was able to remove the head very easily. Then I replaced the moulage mold back into the tin can coddle. The setup moulage has a consistency of cheese, but it is still flexible to a certain degree. It needs a mother mold around it.
I melted the carving wax in my wax pot, and stirred it very well before pouring it. Here you can see the wax thickening around the walls of the mold.
When the wax seemed thick enough, I poured the excess back into the wax pot, then took the casting and ran cold water into the hollow. Next I took it back to the molding table and poured wax in a second time, and let it sit for a bit. After pouring the excess wax from the second pour back into the wax pot, I ran cold water into the hollow of the casting until it was well set. Then I de-molded the carving wax casting. It came out okay, considering that this was the first time I've tried making a one-piece mold with moulage.
After removing the casting from the moulage mold, I chopped up the moulage mold and put it back in the storage jar. Then I put the storage jar in the double boiler to remelt it again in order to make the moulage mold for the skull cap, which is still in its tin can coddle.
Here is the front view of the carving wax casting.
Here is the right side view of the carving wax casting.
Here is the back view of the carving wax casting.
Here is the left side view of the carving wax casting.
Casting wax into a moulage mold is very similar to casting wax into a water saturated plaster mold. For this reason, I think that the moulage mold material can be used in making a ball jointed doll. The advantages of using a moulage mold are that both plaster and wax can be cast into a moulage mold. The moulage does not stick to anything, not even itself. There are techniques that can be used if you need to stick more than one pouring of moulage to a previous pouring. Also the moulage mold material can be reused over and over again. I read that the moulage gets better with use.
Important things to note are that the moulage should not be put in an aluminum container to melt it. Do not let the moulage dry out. I store and melt my moulage in a sealable glass jar.
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