Saturday, May 25, 2013

Paper Skin (non-toxic)


Started making more puppets to shoot. The Mermaid, Kyra, puppet, sculpted 20 years ago, has been lugged all over the place with me all this time. Nice to finally start casting her for use.

Using nothing but rice paper and matte medium due to allergic reactions lately.

It's working very well, fun to do, and results are VERY strong and lightweight, paintable, etc. So strong, too strong in fact. Reminding me of the way the old Celastic (extremely toxic) used to come out.

1 comment:

  1. Enui from Italy asked whether the paper + medium was used to make the mould or the cast... The answer is the cast. The molds were made from Ultracal, a very strong plaster made with marble dust.

    The casts in this post are made in those moulds, by building up layers of rice paper whetted with matte medium. The layers are allowed to dry in between. After about 3 or 4 layers, once dry, the cast pops out of the mould (petroleum jelly was used on the moulds as a cast release) and are very strong with a paper-y finish.


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