Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Green is not a creative color

        Sorry for the delay.  I was too busy enjoying the long weekend.  So here is the first fleeced head.  I still have to stitch it up so the seams are loose right now.  I've also added the first layer of silicone to the tongue.  This layer is bright so that the subsequent layers will pop more.  I kind of like the cellulite texture.    We'll see when it's all over.
Hopefully I'll get my pressure pot this week so I can start making hot dog men.
See you next week!

 Sticky Icky

Light pink


Phase 1... sticks a bit too well

90% Done!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Wiener birth

This post is dedicated to the first proof cast of my Untitled Man in a Hot Dog Bun #2.  I will say I was a little worried.  Despite having cast silicone in a urethane mold hundreds of times, the young women at Reynolds Advanced Materials told me the two were not compatible.

I made a small batch of silicone (small batches are dangerous because there is a narrow margin of error of about 4%) and I threw it in the mold.  I realized that the silicone didn't flow into all the nooks and crannies of the face, panicking, I opened the mold (also dangerous for bubbles and such) and crammed the silicone into all the details.  Then I put it to rest and hoped for the best.  This stuff is supposed to set in about 80mins, however, the thin film of runoff on the outside of the mold just wouldn't set up! This was no good.  I let it sit for several days.  I even put it in the oven for a little while hoping for the best.  Still the thin film on the outside wouldn't set up.

I used some rubbing alcohol to clean the outside of the mold, held my breath and cracked it open....  To my surprise the cast was in fine condition (perhaps a little sticky).  I trimmed him, cleaned him and popped him in the oven for about a half hour.

My 2-year-old daughter woke up while I was doing this so I told her I had a surprise.  I showed him to her (we aren't shy in our house) and she thought he was silly and said, "Put some clothes on, guy."  When I put her back down she said, "Thank you for the surprise, daddy."

So, this proof was a definite learning experience.  I need to get a pressure pot, start measuring my silicone by weight and I need to work out a way to get more consistent pigmenting, but otherwise, I'm pretty pleased.  Let me know your thoughts!

Next week, more masks.


Cross your fingers....

Hope for the best.





Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Las Vegas Nights

Nice tongue.  These are getting more fun as I go.  Still a bit under wraps, but you are at least starting to get a bit of a visual.  Next step is the fabric.  I had a busy weekend in Vegas, so hopefully this week will be more productive.  I'm still detoxing.  Should be able to finish up the mold for Hot Dog Man #2 this week now that I have the rubber.  Then, I go production line on them.
Until next Tuesday,
see you in space, cowboy.


Fabric, thanks in no small part to Kris Millington


Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Getting Head(s)

So I know what you're thinking, "What the hell is this?"  Well, I've got a plan.  It's a good plan and we'll talk about that later.  As for right now, we'll just say these are coming along well.  Let me know what you think.  
I've also attached a couple of pics of my mold for Hot Dog Man mark II.  Tune in next week for more updates!

Shell head

Keys are key!

CROM! Terrible mistake!  Grossly underestimated the amount of rubber!
Oh well, more is in the mail.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Back To The Lab Again

Hey there, loyal reader, sorry for the hiatus.
I have finally got things back in order and I can't wait to show you what I'm working on!  So I've taken one of my more popular pieces "untitled man in a hot dog bun number 1" and made a "number2".  There were always things about the original that bugged me, so with this one I have something a little more naturalistic and the final pieces will be cast in silicone!  I'm very excited.  At the very end here, I have a little hint of what's next.  This is the new BIG PROJECT.   Super secret.  I'll be posting every Tuesday night from here out, so stay tuned.

 Clay sculpt to be molded