Mould Tutorial?

Discussion in 'Sculpture and Makeup Effects' started by Ramirez, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Ramirez

    Ramirez Active Member

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    I did a forum search but couldn't find what i was looking for.

    Now we have a designated forum for this, does anyone have a tutorial for moulding busts/masks which can be stickied at the top of the page?

    In the past i've only done it for heads up to 1:6 scale, which is a very different process.

    I want to do some 1:1 heads but don't think my 1:6 methods will workout the same way and the process is never really explained in the various bust/mask making threads, which doesn't help us that are new to the area.

    Someone told me there was a dvd out there but i've never been able to get one.
    You tube is no good as i no longer have sound on my PC.
     
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  2. Alaneye

    Alaneye Well-Known Member

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    When I used to make latext masks I used to sculpt onto a polystyrene wig former. That way I was able to make a one piece plaster mould because when the mould was done, I could turn the whole thing over, pour acetone onto the wig former and it would dissolve to nothing, giving me room to dig out the clay.
     
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  3. nick daring

    nick daring Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Melting the foam with acetone is brilliant! Love it!

    Nick
     
  4. made007

    made007 Sr Member

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    Smooth on website have good video tutorials
     
  5. mantroonUKCM

    mantroonUKCM New Member

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    I have found some good tutorials on the YouTube channel called Brick In The Yard. They seem to cover a LOT of stuff on there
     
  6. Ramirez

    Ramirez Active Member

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    I need to the know the details of how to make the moulds, the rest is relatively simple.

    In previous threads, there have been pictures but no explanations of the moulding process.
    It's alot easier for me to understand when it's written down.

    Video tutuorials are no good for me, i can't hear the sound.

    Besides, if i'm arm deep in crud how can i keep starting and stopping the player without getting everything else covered in it?
     
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  7. mantroonUKCM

    mantroonUKCM New Member

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    is it a life cast or a prop bust you are casting?
     
  8. Leigh

    Leigh Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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  9. batmatrix

    batmatrix New Member

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    When you are making the mold, you should have enough of an understanding of the process to where you won't need to look at every step. It will make it MUCH easier if you think through and plan what you are going to be molding and understand what you need to do, as opposed to rushing headlong into the mold.

    That being said, there is no better teacher than experience. You might want to test out some mold making techniques on a smaller scale to get a feel of the material you are working with. It would be terrible if you messed up the mold (which can happen to everyone unfortunately) and the sculpt was destroyed too.
     
  10. Ramirez

    Ramirez Active Member

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    I want to enlarge some 1:6 scale heads to 1:1 to display on mannequins.

    Thanks for the links.
    I use smooth on products to make my 1:6 moulds, so i'm used to working with them but the whole process for 1:1 moulds is completely different.


    With moulding 1:6 heads it's a lot easier, put it in a cup and cover with mould material, when it's set take out of cup and remove sculpt.
     
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  11. made007

    made007 Sr Member

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    Smoothon website videos are subtitled they dont talk
     
  12. mantroonUKCM

    mantroonUKCM New Member

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    Well, there is that product that you cast that evenly expands allowing you to scale up... dammit, can't remember what its called :/
     
  13. Leigh

    Leigh Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I dont understand? the first link I posted for you Here: How to Make a Brush-On Rubber Mold of a Bust | Mold Making Tips - YouTube is using the brush on technique on a full size 1:1 bust so should be just what youi need??
     
  14. Ramirez

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    Moulding 1:6 heads is different.

    i use vytaflex which is a 2 part rubber and you pour it over the item to be moulded,when it's set, take the item out, job done.

    http://www.megomadhouse.com/howto_moldmaking.html

    1:1 moulding looks very time consuming and expensive ( what with all the different materials ) in comparison.
     
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  15. Ramirez

    Ramirez Active Member

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    Hydrospan.

    I use it alot for shrinking and enlarging heads.
     
  16. mantroonUKCM

    mantroonUKCM New Member

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  17. mantroonUKCM

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    you can switch out the latex for a brush on silicone
     
  18. Etewaf

    Etewaf Active Member

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    I recently made a mold with "cheap" materials, and I think I spent about as much on those materials because of the amount of materials needed, along with problems and screwups inherent to using an inferior product, as I would have just buying one batch of smooth-on products and doing it right.

    This tutorial is pretty much the same as the one Leigh posted. I believe it's made by RPF member Stormtrooperguy. Both are very straight forward, easy to understand. If you're worried because you haven't made a large scale, 1:1 head mold before, don't worry about it too much. I've wasted a ton of money "learning" with my screw ups, and as long as you don't mess up your master you can always start over. But I've found it's pretty hard to screw up a mold by doing anything less than not mixing thoroughly.

    Deathwatch Helmet Mold - YouTube
     

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