So this man calls me up from Belgium and wants to come over to Hastings for the weekend to learn how to do life casting AND how to make a mold of his cast so that he can make ceramic torso sculptures from it back in his studio in Belgium. In two and a half days. So no pressure, then.
A few days later Ignace and his partner arrive in Hastings and considering we only have 2.5 days we need to beetle on.
This is us late at night, Friday.
Skittle, the Cat of Delight, is the only one looking pleased at this point. Plaster needs time to cure, and things just have to go right at the first attempt as the Euro-star tickets back to Calais are booked for lunch-time Sunday.
I am quietly confident that we have this wrapped, but I have bought a strange batch of plaster that seems to go off incredibly fast. Plus it is a bit lumpy, as if it has been kept in a damp place. I ditch as many batches as I accept at this point. Ignace is a true star and we motor on regardless.
We have a result! A perfect body cast.
Now we have to use this plaster body cast to make a mold.
It is important to negate any undercuts, so Ignace has stuck clay to any areas that would trap the plaster.
Then he builds more clay walls …because…
We are going to pour fresh plaster all over the life cast. I have sussed that this batch of plaster is weird, and I make very thin mixtures…which we pour all over the life cast of Christine.
Early the next day…yawn… Sunday, it is time to see if it worked. Clutching my coffee I pray to the Gods while Ignace scrape away the surplus clay and then tries to lift the top lump of plaster from the bottom lump…
And just like that; the molds separate. At the first attempt.
And here we are; man and mold.
About an hour before they had to dash for the Euro-tunnel, but still.
If you would like to learn how to make life cast sculptures and/or a mold of your cast, then please contact me via my website
www.annakeiller.com. or my mobile 07722171818.