Monday, June 23, 2014

From Failure to Success

Cold cast aluminium pigs trotter with gold glitter bones.

This piece seemed for all intents and purposes, a total bust. The cold cast aluminium is something new for me. After chatting with Kym at the casting supplies I carefully measured my polyester resin, aluminium powder and catalyst. Mixed the ingredients together and filled the mould. But as I looked back to my work bench I noticed the still full measuring cup of catalyst. How could this be...ooops, forgot to mix it in. Rather than empty the mould, which would have been awkward, I decided to mix it in-situ. 

And as you can see, the tips of the hoof failed to set.

I've had some ideas that involve casting bones in clear resin so there were a few prepared chicken bones on my bench. These are left over from a chicken dinner. I boiled them for about an hour to remove any excess flesh and sinew. Then I soaked them in bleach for a day or so before leaving them to dry. They've been painted with a glitter and resin mix to seal them and inserted in holes drilled into the ends of the trotter. I'm happy with the correlation this has to the split pigs as another demonstration of the treasure inside.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Resin Glitter Trotter

First cast from the repaired trotter mould with Rainbow Glitter Resin.

This is an oldish mould from which I'd made a few casts but due to my lack of adequate mould sealing protocols, the old "Mother Mould" or plaster jacket became fused with resin and I had to smash it to get it open. So over the weekend I had a go at building a much cleaner, more reliable and user friendly plaster jacket. Operation big success!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Sculptors Queensland 2014 Members Exhibition

Lots of work to do yet before this event opens and plenty more before it closes but I'm looking forward to getting physical and setting up. It's going to be great fun.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Busy doing not much

In about one month's time, Sculptors Queensland is holding it's annual members exhibition and prize at the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens in Brisbane's inner western suburbs. It's the biggest event on the SQ calendar and this year a record number of members have entered a record number of sculptures to be displayed both indoors in the auditorium and also larger works distributed throughout the botanical gardens themselves. And did I also mention that this year I am the Sculptors Queensland Exhibition Coordinator.

Suffice to say, it's been a steady build of tasks and meetings and correspondence and forms and banking and phone calls and emails and even the odd hand written letter. I'm still trying to finish my piece for the outdoor section and the usual grind of paying work goes on. In fact, somewhat perversely, I've been a bit swamped with work lately. Just what you need when you're busy.

But who's complaining. Other projects I'm supposed to be working on are lagging and I know I'm letting some folks down but I've not forgotten and I will get back to it soon. 

In the meantime, here's the most recent scrawlings from my sketchbook. Some ideas I hope to take further and others I may not.