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Lion of the Wind mask in progress... by mostlymade Lion of the Wind mask in progress... by mostlymade
Monster Clay...will be cast in resin.
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capnharris Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
this makes me so happy. i love it
razzminis Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013
Fantastic work :)
Eviecats Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Mostly, I was wondering what you think of monster clay? There is no doubt its a wonderful clay to work with based on this amazing piece you have created! I use sculpey products for my dolls and castong but the fact that you can remelt this clay is very appealing! If you have used polymer based clays in the past would you mind givong some feedback on your new choice? It would be much appreciated. :)
mostlymade Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have used sculpy as well as other oil based polymer clay, but Monster clay is by far the best clay I have ever used. The ease of use, the details that are capable...It'll change the quality of your sculpture and your life.
However, since you are making dolls, remember that this does not harden and is better used if you are going to sculpt and cast doll heads in plastic.
Eviecats Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Thank you!  =D  I did recently start casting using smooth on mold and resin materials which is what i had this in mind for, my only concern would be a break down of the original mold after i already melted it back down but I guess another resin cast could be used for that if the worst scenerio ever happened.  The meltdown and reusability is really appealing!  Again thanks for the feedback ^_^
mostlymade Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
This concern is valid, here's how to avoid it:
After I put silicone over the original clay mold, I then put a couple layers of plaster gauze over it to make a shell, so that the silicone would keep it's shape while casting the resin in it. On my first mask it works fine, but on the Lion of the Wind mask, I put the plaster on on a humid day and it never really cured and was flimsy, causing the cast to be skewed. This could be fixed by heating the mask later and bending it to shape, but that was a drag.
I then had an unrelated mishap with the silicone mold itself (I ripped it) and had to make another. The second time I went to Walmart and got Fiberglass and made the shell that way. It really smells and wear gloves, but it is exactly what I needed. It is strong, light and makes the molds consistent. I would recommend this.
But I was glad I kept the original mold intact until I had at least 3 good casts out of it. I took so much time on the sculpt that I was scared to loose it, but once the duplicates are made, you can get rid of it and(if needed) use the cast mask as a base in the event of needed recasts.
Someone suggested using a small crock-pot to melt the clay. I have done this and it works great and allows you to pour it back into the container for a nice factory new look. However, do not use a crock-pot you plan on making food in as it is hard to get ALL the clay out and may taste funny.
The melting abilities of this clay are really top notch. A quick spin in the microwave softens it right up, but it cools hard in a short amount of time as well. Using a blow dryer or a heat gun on the surface of the sculpture helps for smoothing.
I also learned from the company that once you are done, to get a really smooth finish, use mineral spirits. It lightly breaks down the clay on the surface, allowing you to really smooth it with your fingers or a brush. Don't worry, it does not permanently damage the clay.
ZombieHun Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thats really helpful. thank you so much! ^_^
Eviecats Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Fiberglass shell eh?  I had given up on brush on molds and switching to building a mold box out of either tin foil or legos (it sounds silly but that is what archeologists do ^_^  )  I'll have to check that out thanks for the great info!  And I imagine is does smell but between using fabritac glue one a daily basis and having a two year old I'm sure I'm immune LOL  =)  thanks again!
NinjaKato Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013
Good grief, stop it with the "this looks just like missmonster's work(s)!/Masks!" guys... it's rude and completely uncalled for. 
Jeeze... She isn't the pinnacle of fantasy/monster masks-dolls... Her work is lovely but good lord! 

On a side note I think it looks pretty darn good. It's got some stylization to it but you kept the Oriental quality to it with the swirling and such. 
lamelobo Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I wonder what mostly made things of all this....:)
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