Hello there :-)
I want to share a currently project with you.
At the beginnings, the sculpture should only be a head-bust for my own. I was asked if i could make a wearable mask for a scifi film out of it and i said, that this would not be a problem.
Haha! Sure,.. "Nooooo Problem...."- No livecast under the sculpt,... a wiggly armature,... and no idea, how to measure out the proportions of the chest, so that the finished mask will fit on someones shoulders,... and not to forget: the deadline xD
Dafuq- was my favorite swearword for the next 2 months and so he got his name with an interstellar accent: Dav´ughk.
Here is the head- bust (which should only be exactly that :-) ) :
And here with the chest area after the question about making a mask out of it:
At this point, i cutted a "display dummy" in half and pressed its shoulders into the sculpt to adjust the shoulders of the sculpt.
Damn, that was a really shitty work. I was afraid, that the armature will break, because the weight of the sculpture was growing and growing and growing,..
And i had to do the Mold- more weight,.. *fu**
At one point, i went away from the sculpt to get a mentaly distance to it... I had to decide: "Doing a stonemold for casting latex in it with the danger to destroy that build, or doing a fiberglass mold without an idea how to guarantee, that the heavy, sloppy silicone mask will not fell into itself while wearing it"
After a few days, with enough mentaly distance, i did a stonemold,..
A thinner one as compromise to the heavy weight on the armature.
And that worked! Man i was really happy,.. no destroyed sculpt, no broken armature,.. a stonemold which guarantees to cast a slightly stiff latex mask: "Yeah"
After patching the seems, i painted the mask with silicone paints:
Thats the finished mask. Slip casted latex with a thin layer of slush casted Smoothcast 65d on the inside for more stiffness and support for attaching mechanisms.
I have implemented an open- close mechanism for the mouth and i have to stick foamsheets into it for a better fit in the next few days.
Thanks to the great SWSCA community with its lots of impressions for troubleshooting and very helpful classes :-)