Fibreglassing My Sculpt

I knew from the start of designing/sculpting that this piece wasn’t going to be easy to sculpt, rather quite difficult. Although this didn’t put me of doing this design, as i knew when done right, and carefully it would be simply beautiful as a finished makeup. Before starting this i read up and watched the DVDs on Fibreglassing to fresh my skills, as well as see if there was any other techniques that would help me along the way of this difficult sculpt.

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Before i started to fibreglass i created a wall around the sculpt to create a flow away area for the silicone. I wanted to make this mould as perfect as possible, i created a neat wall, taking time, and accurate measuring. Once this was done i could begin.

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I used Maxwax Spray wax to realise the sculpt, as this was a spray i thought this would cover any of the small areas/bits that was unable to be covered by the wax. This gave the piece and fibreglass mould a good release agent.

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For this i began with mixing Coating gel, with resin, this created a more runny mixture that would be able to catch all the small areas, i waited for this to go tacky and again went in with coating gel, this give it more of a chance of grabbing the small detail. Once this went tacky, i mixed resin and talc, to create a almost paste like texture, and applied it into small holes and gaps in the sculpt, then any other detailed areas where air bubbles could be caught. I found this a quite difficult process and it was so delicate and hard to do, i then applied a layer of soft fibreglass, and two layers of fibreglass, then finished with another soft layer, to get a smooth texture to the outer shell.

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After it was set, it was ready to crack open and clean out. I think the open the mouth is the hardest part, i find it quite difficult as it takes a lot of patience and strength, both things that develop over time with the right knowledge. I thought i would include all the images i took throughout the opening and cleaning out of the mould, it shows the full process as well as the work gone into it.

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