Friday, September 30, 2011

Upper Torso Thoughts




Yeah, so I am thinking about molding the upper torso in a moulage mold, then casting it in carving wax, right?











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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Carving Wax Lower Torso




Well, I must say, this is what the carving wax lower torso looks like on a typical evening.






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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pinning A Stocking




I've been smoothing the lower torso carving wax doll part, slowly but surely. I'm also working on some stockings. I'm still trying to figure out a pattern. I'm using an old tee shirt from my studio rag bin to play around with. Today I tried pinning the tee shirt to the leg. It still needs some more work.






This is the front view. I'm using Carving Wax Test Doll for all these stockings experiments.



From the first failed attempt, I know I need to make the stockings so that the foot will fit over the heel.




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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Stockings Try On




I used an old tee shirt from the studio rag bin to make a sample stocking.






The stocking did not fit over the heel because the ankle was too narrow.







I need to alter the pattern where it is marked green so that the stocking will stretch over the heel.






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Monday, September 26, 2011

Stockings Pattern




I tried to follow the tutorial for making a pattern for stockings. This is what I made. I do not know for sure if it will work. I think I will make a muslin from an old tee shirt first, to see if it will work. At the top, the pattern only goes around a little more than one fourth of the circumference of the thigh. The material would really have to stretch to fit.






This is a start; and the thing about starting is, now I have something to modify.




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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Stockings




When I am at The Thrift Store, I always keep an eye peeled for something that I think I might be able to use to make something for Aalish, when she is finished. This weekend I found this knit shirt that I think will make some nice striped stockings.



Here is a free tutorial for making a pattern for stockings for your doll, and sewing the stockings: Easy-to-make fully fashioned socks/stockings for your BJD at BJD magazine.




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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Macro Photo




I did a little bit of work smoothing the new lower torso carving wax casting. It is difficult to see from a regular photo. I am not the world's best photographer (no kidding, right?), but I tried to do a Macro photograph to see if any of my smoothing would show up.






This is the macro photo of the tummy area. You can see some unsmoothed areas as well as some areas that have been worked on for a little while.



I must practice some more with the Macro feature of my camera.




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Friday, September 23, 2011

Carving Wax Lower Torso




This is the front view of the carving wax lower torso beside the brown wax lower torso. Shrinkage was very minimal. It is the talc in the carving wax that helps to reduce shrinkage.






The back view.






A side view.






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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Lower Torso Carving Wax Casting




Melting the carving wax in an old aluminum pressure cooker pot. I always make sure to stir the carving wax thoroughly before pouring it because the talc settles to the bottom. I usually use little slabs of carving wax to stir with. That way, I don't have any tools that need to be cleaned.






The carving wax has been poured into the mold, and after letting it thicken, I poured it out into the wax pot. I had some trouble pouring the carving wax out of the mold. I made the spare was too small.






Sure enough, the spare was too small, and a vacuum was created when I was pouring the excess carving wax out of the mold, which collapsed the casting. Judging from the lines on the surface of the casting, the wax was poured too cold.






After cutting the collapsed casting in half, I can see that the spare was definitely too small, and the walls of the casting were too thick, probably due to the wax being too cold when it was poured.






So I put the mold back together again, put rubber bands around it, remelted the carving wax, and poured the lower torso again. I cut the spare opening to make it larger, and I poured the carving wax somewhat hotter than the first time. This time I got some success. I have now successfully translated the soft brown sculpture modeling wax into carving wax, which I can refine for the final molds.






The moulage is reusable. I chopped it up into cubes and put it back into the jars and sealed the jars with the lids. The moulage is now ready to be melted and poured to make a new mold.






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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lower Torso Moulage Mold Nº 8




This is the moulage melting in the double boiler.






The melted moulage poured into the coddle, after cooling for awhile.






The first half of the moulage has cooled completely, after being poured, and the mold box is turned upside down, and the clay build-up has been removed. I decided that I did not have enough moulage to fill the bottom half of the mold, so I made a decision to mold part in moulage, and part in plaster. I made a clay wall to hold the moulage.







The moulage has been melted and poured in the clay wall. I covered it with a plastic bag to keep it moist, and let it cool completely.






After removing the clay wall, I mixed and poured some plaster to fill the bottom half of the mold.






The mold is flipped over after the plaster sets. I remove the coddle in order to separate the mold halves, so I can remove the brown wax lower torso pattern.






The moulage mold has been opened, showing the brown wax lower torso pattern.






The lower torso brown wax pattern removed from the mold.






The mold halves have been put back together.






The coddle is placed back around the mold, and the rubber bands have been placed around the coddle to hold it together. It is now ready to be poured with carving wax.






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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Lower Torso Moulage Mold Nº 7




I made a couple of coddle sides from wood.






They follow the form of the lower torso, more or less.






Then I painted them with some Kilz primer to seal them.






I cut a couple of cereal boxes to size and stapled them to the wood sides and taped the corners with masking tape. Then I put a couple of pieces of wood on either side of the cardboard for support and put some rubber bands around everything.






This is another view of the rubber banded coddle.






This is a top view of the inside of the mold box.



I am hoping to have some time tomorrow to melt and pour some moulage, as well as some carving wax, all in the same day.




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Monday, September 19, 2011

Lower Torso Moulage Mold Nº 6




I have done some more thinking about the coddle for the lower torso moulage mold, and this is a sketch of what I want to try to do next.



I will be using some pieces of wood to fill-in some of the space at the top of the mold, where the torso is smaller, so I won't have to use as much moulage. I have plenty of scrap wood in my studio, as well as some woodworking tools to cut the wood. This will be my second try at making this moulage mold.




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