Monday, August 19, 2013

Life Preserver - Prototype

Over the last couple of weeks I have been making this little life preserver out of a plaster ring, rope and chord. The goal is to cast concrete copies using very basic mould making techniques. The life preserver represents risk management and it will tickle me no end to realise it in concrete.

I embedded the ring in clay and set up to pour the first half of the plaster mould which worked fine. I flipped it, stripped the clay and set up for the second pour but the shitty build of beer carton and plastic bagged wasn't up to it and sprung a leak. Working fast, I tied the bag to the ceiling with electrical wire and strapped the cardboard beer carton with a belt. I was pretty much laughing the whole time and I still get a kick out of looking at the photo's.
I'm going to drill a couple of big holes in one side to pour in the concrete and with any luck I'll get at least one concrete life preserver at the end.

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