Archive for March, 2012

Fun with Plasticine

Plasticine is awesome fun! Last time I played with the stuff must have been about two decades ago but lately I’ve had an inkling to try make little models so I’ve been testing out ideas and trying to make humanoid figures.


The plan is to eventually use some of the models to make moulds in which I can cast concrete statues but the liquid polyurethane I intend to use is rather expensive (roughly £100 for 5KG) so I’m currently toying with different size models to see how difficult it is to get the level of detail I want for the final designs.

Casting Aluminium

During a late night session at the London Hackspace I had the opportunity to learn how to use kiln with the aid of Billy and Sam. We took dead hard drives, dismantled them, broke the cases into small pieces, and smelted them in order to extract the aluminium. Once we had a small stock of aluminium ingots we made a closed cast sand mould of a 3D printed model of a 3D scanned face

Sat 10 Mar 2012 09:39:46 UTCSat 10 Mar 2012 09:40:02 UTC

With mould ready, we melted down the ingots and poured the molten aluminium to make this small cast

Sat 10 Mar 2012 08:29:49 UTC

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