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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Casting About

I learned how to cast plaster from the uber-talented Stephanie Lee. A trip to the Goodwill Bins last week provided a few promising objects for my purposes; behold the angel and creche figurine in the photo above from which I have pulled molds.

I also found a porcelain doll with arms and legs that I thought would make good body parts.

And two cherubs with three legs among them. Cute little heads though. All fodder for my casting mill.

Here are the molds all ready for the plaster. Made very hastily I can assure you. (Don't look, Stephanie - I'm a lazy student!)

And here I've poured the plaster into the molds, only dribbling a little.

Here is my finished stash of plaster parts, ready for various projects. Hmmm, dolls, assemblage, the mind reels with possibilities. The little frozen Charlotte dolls came courtesy of a gift from a friend; they cast beautifully.

So far I've done two little projects with them; 8x8" paintings on deep canvas for the Project Eight collaboration. The theme for the painting of the cat was "Animal Dreams".

And the theme for the consoling mother image is "Lay Me Down". Plaster is great with paint or beeswax and Stephanie is an inspirational teacher. I've taken two classes with her and loved every moment.

19 comments:

Sharon said...

I'm so inspired with what you have done. In another life, I sculpted dolls and made my own molds and made original porcelain dolls. I have a ton of molds and always figured someday they would find a new beginning. Maybe the time is now.
I love the way you keep doing new and different stuff and going down new roads all the time.

katie said...

oh, the plaster play, (squeal)what fun! and the two paintings...these two really speak to me, soooo beautiful and inspiring.

you saved my bacon sister - read your post about getting the AZ licenses and shot mine off in the mail today. xo

Connie said...

Wow!!! I wish I could reach through my monitor and touch it! I love all the texture! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

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Peace & Love.

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Maija said...

I learned how to cast from Stephanie, too!

Ro Bruhn said...

DJ, Stephanie and Bernie Berlin are headed for Australia next March, so WE get to do their classes too. Love your molding and the way you've incorporated it with your paintings.

Candace said...

Isn't the casting great?! I totally love it. You are coming up with some wonderful imagery and some *great* multimedia shenanigans here!


Candace

Stephanie LEe said...

I LOVE that you are loving playing with the casting! You are doing AWESOME stuff with it!!

You crack me up...thinking I'll critique your casting...I INVENTED lazy so I'm not going to be the pot calling the kettle black. No siree!! :)

Tyn said...

I think it is funny that my brain has been working on casting projects for the last few weeks! They look great!!
hugs-

kate said...

What material do you use for your molds? Is it clay? plasticine?

BELINDA said...

These 2 painting are great,I'm loving the texture in your work. The plaster casting sounds like fun and gives great results, I'd love to give it a go. Thank you for inspiring me to get off the computer lol. Belinda

Megan Coyle said...

what a process--I love how you incorporated the plaster parts into paintings. Very cool.

Kelly Snelling_Soulhumming.typepad.com said...

these are both gorgeous, judy. i love watching you work in such a fabulous variety of media and bring them all together so effortlessly. love it!

Judy said...

Wooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!
They all look so amazing Judy.
you are such a champion at trying so many new tecniques. Love em all
xox

Amy Wing said...

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!

Dale said...

your faces and arms look soooo good here! I just love your little casted pieces. I think it would be so wonderful to take a class from Stephanie. Come on stephanie.... come to the Canadian prairies hahaha.

Wendi said...

I recently purchased a frozen charlotte (when visiting my mom and dad in St. Louis). I've been wanting to bust her out of her blister pack and tack her to the middle of one of my hand statues. Then wrap beads and jewels around her.

Frozen charlottes rock!

minnie said...

hi judy, wondering where you got your dolly molds....or did you make them? they are insanely cute.....i have done plaster, but many moons ago...i would love to make a little dolly.

Judy Wise said...

hi minnie - I made the dolly moulds off the dolls in the post. They are made out of soft clay that I pressed into the faces. xo