Trying to mold Buddha head

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  1. Buddha

    Buddha New Member

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    Hello,

    I have this 30in high Buddha head and I would like to mold it and create a couple casts out of it. But It's made out of clay and I'm not sure if silicone rubber will be good for molding, because I have a lot of Rebound silicone and I would like to use it for this. I was thinking of using sonite-wax for the release agent, but it doesn't say if it's ok to be used with clay.
    Any help is appreciated.

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    Thanks,
    Buddha
     
  2. Buddha

    Buddha New Member

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    Sorry to bump the thread, but I need a little help with this as this is also an art piece for my midterm exam.
     
  3. robstyle

    robstyle Master Member

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    You could spray it with some clear coat or just hit it with epoxy parafilm, kick your silicone hot and do a brush up. Use some plaster bandages as the jacket and run with it.
     
  4. Mostly Fantasy

    Mostly Fantasy Well-Known Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    As long as it's fired, silicone shouldn't be a problem- just use a good separating agent.
     
  5. Buddha

    Buddha New Member

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    So the sonite-wax will be good enough?
    I used it on plastics and works better than spray release agent, but still not sure if it will do the same with the clay.
     
  6. Buddha

    Buddha New Member

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    Well, I went to Walmart and bought a can of Clear-coat and gave two nice coats to the head. Tomorrow I will start waxing it and applying the first coat of silicone.
     
  7. Ozymandius

    Ozymandius Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Yeah, the silicone shouldn't have a problem with the sonite wax. Used it before myself with no problems.
     
  8. Buddha

    Buddha New Member

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    Thanks, right now I'm waxing the helmet after 3 coats of clear coat.
     
  9. Berserk

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    is this Budda statue your own work? Cause you seem to be asking how to recast someone else's work otherwise?
     
  10. rensole

    rensole Active Member

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    I use a lot of smooth on products and tbh just a can of release agent and some moldstar (double mold) and smooth cast 300 would do the thrick i think
     
  11. Buddha

    Buddha New Member

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    It's not, but it's just one of those "made in china" mass produced figures. A lot of the little beads on the head were broken so I tried to fixed them with clay and I would like to mold it to have a more solid piece. Then I can use bondo and perfect the overall sculpture, as I also would like to add a couple trinkets and details to it.
    I was looking through my garage and all my materials for my little spray bottle of release agent but could never find it, so I just went with the wax. And I like how the moldstar mold pictures in the smooth-on website are also little Buddha heads too. :)
     
  12. rensole

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    yeah they can be used for pretty much anything ^^ but be sure to make a 2 part mold!!!
    if you make a one piece mold it will become difficult in different ways lol
     
  13. Buddha

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    Yeah, still trying to figure out how I'm going to make it. I don't have enough clay to make the parting line, so someday this week I have to go to Micheals and buy a little box of wet-clay. And some resin for the shell, because the trial kit of Plasti Paste feels that it won't be enough.
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2012
  14. Cal

    Cal Well-Known Member

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    I used oomoo for a mold, and the release agent i used was unflavored cooking spray, it worked great.
     

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