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    What a Pain in the Wax

    By bryan boyer
    Dec 13, '04 4:59 PM EST

    The studio has smelled a bit like a candle store lately after we cast beeswax for our materials class last week. Given a quarter sheet of plywood and a quarter sheet of blue insulation foam we were asked to construct a mold and cast a corner detail. The suspiciously named "Super White" release agent was supposed to insure that the casts could come free easily, but it turned into a bit of a disaster with many models turning their owners into impromptu Michelangelos frustratedly trying to remove the excess. Though I dont think he had any works of record executed in blue foam.

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    Classmate AR pours molten wax into his mold.

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    Shanty town of molds waiting for the long cure.

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    Left: Buttmate BB narowly managing to keep all of his fingers intact while attempting to get his cast out of the mold. Right: my mold constructed out of plywood and a good coat of varnish. no hassles.



     
    • 6 Comments

    • archetecton

      DO WE GET TO SEE SOME FINISHED PRODUCT?

      Dec 14, 04 12:32 pm
      bigness

      YES IF WE ASK POLITELY!
      :)

      Dec 15, 04 12:57 pm
      archetecton

      OH, YEA, MY OFFICE'S STANDARD IS ALL CAPS. SORRY ABOUT THAT :)

      MAY WE PLEASE SEE SOME OF THE FINISHED DETAILS?

      Dec 15, 04 2:50 pm
      bryan boyer

      Will post them if I can get some pics, but given that out final review for this class is in January you may have to wait a while. Sorry, guys.

      Dec 15, 04 3:42 pm
      bigness

      no worries:)

      Dec 16, 04 5:15 am
      David Cuthbert

      did you like the smell of the wax when it was heating up?

      Dec 20, 04 7:37 am

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