October 11, 2016 in Photographic Research, Studio Practise


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Will be used as Shin Metal after the clay process is over as a partition line when creating the final Silicone Casting.

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Brick In the Yard Example: Half Inch Pipe mounted on board, topped with a pad of foam scrap (Flexible Foam)

A vital part of maintaining the integrity of the full head-cast I need to employ a structure that enables me to work on the head that:

  1. allows the head to free-stand: which is easier when casting, meaning that I have as little contact with the materials as possible, eliminating the side-effect of drooping
  2. form of storage

After a number of hours of internet research, I recorded the type of materials that I needed to create a cheaper alternative to a sculpture table. Over the coming days I collected the materials for just over £20 and mocked-up a table that (hopefully) will be very useful in the coming weeks.


  • 3/4″ Metal Pole/Pipe
  • Steel Tinplate – Used later in the casting process
  • Stool – SKOGSTA £15; 45 cm – IKEA

  • 3/4″ Diameter Male Adapter.
  • 3/4″ Diameter Floor Flange.
  • 3/16″ X 3″ Eye Bolt (buy spares)
  • 4-Large head short screws to attach the floor flange.
  • 8 wood screws.
  • ***Scrap wood, 3/4″ thick.(or buy a couple pieces at a craft store.
    3/4″ thick wood to cut tops or purchase them precut.

Buying the materials was made easier buy emailing back-and-forth with the 4DModelshop Technicians in order to correctly buy the materials needed to speed up the process.

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How to make the Clay Firmer during the casting Process:

Blog Post:

  • suggest you to add 20% of microcrystalline wax, melt them using a double boiler. Probably this will improve and making Monster Clay harder and similar to the Old Pro-Clay. I suggest you add microcrystalline wax because, according to Monster Clay MSDS, it has microcrystalline wax, paraffin and food grade filler (some kind of starch?)


  • Computer duster works very well for soft clay. You hold it upside down and spray the work, and it will be hard as a rock in a couple of seconds. ***Keep in mind that the spray only freezes the surface- on a thick piece, it’s going to still be soft inside. The best bet is to put it in the freezer over night so that it gets frozen all the way through.


  • Monster Clay is wax/oil based and sulfur free, melts/softens like a dream, and gets quite firm at room temperature. I throw my sculptures in the freezer when I want the clay to firm up even more for a higher level of carving detail.

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