Friday, August 24, 2012

How to make Non Toxic Plasticene


Plasticence Recipe


 

20.5 oz         Vaseline   (1x 13oz and 1 x 7.5oz jars)

35oz             Baby Oil  (1 and ¾  20oz bottles)

5#                 Yellow Wax or Victory Brown

14#               Ball Clay (airfloat bond)

You will also need a roll of heavy duty aluminum foil.
4 gal metal pail, electric ring heat source, paint stirrer.
 

Use a well ventilated area. Use the spray booth in the foundry fab shop. Always wear safety glasses, respirator and hot working gloves.

 

Ø Melt the wax in 4 gal large enamel steel pot (the blue one stored under wax bench), blend in baby oil and Vaseline until all are melted. Use electric ring on the low setting so it does not burn the oil or wax.

Ø Sieve the ball clay into the pan a little at a time, be careful not to over boil, as foam will be created at first, this calms down once more clay is added. Keep adding all the clay stirring gently. Finally take off the heat and with a paint stirrer on a drill mix it thoroughly: careful not to mix too vigorously or it will the hot plasticene will fly out of the pan! Scrape the sides of the pan and mix again.

Ø Spoon some out and let it totally cool to test consistency.

Ø Add more clay for hardness or extra oil to make it more pliable.

Ø Pour out carefully no thicker then 1 inch onto aluminum foil.

 

Do not re-melt plasticene: to change its consistency kneed clay or oils into it by hand using the rolling boards.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sculptors Talk

JULIE ANNE WARD 
VISITING FACULTY in Foundry + Intro Sculpture @ ALFRED


ARTIST PRESENTATION  : All Welcome! 
6pm THURSDAY April 26th  BMH Room C,

 


Her work draws from an industrial heritage in conjunction with an examination of the feminine craft of the handmade object as accomplice to the role of the machine manufactured product.





Julie Anne Ward received her BFA in Sculpture from Georgia Southern university in 1998. She received her initial foundry training at the Inferno Art Foundry in Atlanta, GA where she eventually became head of the rubber mold-making department. In 2001 Julie became a resident artist at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark and shortly became head of education and lead instructor. In 2008 Ward was accepted to the Ohio State University and received her MFA in sculpture in 2010. She is currently adjunct faculty and foundry director at Salem Art Works in Salem NY. Ward will become a student again in the fall of 2012 where she will attend The University of Cincinnati to receive her second MFA in New Media.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Sculpture Foundry Booklist

FURTHER   RESEARCH   FOR   SCULPTURE   FOUNDRY


Foundry Arts

*Fine Art Metal Casting: An Illustrated Guide to Mould Making and Lost Wax Processes by Richard Rome and Hamish Young

*Bronze Sculpture Casting & Patination: Mud Fire Metal by Steve Hurst, Steve Russell


*Metalcasting by C. W. Ammen


Casting Aluminum by C.W. Ammen

Casting Iron by C. W. Ammen

*Hot Metal by Wayne Potratz, University of Minnesota



Build an Oil Fired Tilting Furnace (The Small foundry series) by Steve Chastain and Stephen D. Chastain







Foundry Manual by United States Navy










Mold Making, Casting and Patina by Bruner F. Barrie

Color on Metal: 50 Artists Share Insights and Techniques by Tim McCreight and Nicole Bsullak

Patinas for Silicon Bronze by Patrick V. Kipper

Japanese Patinas by Eitoku Sugimori


*Bronze Patination by Ron young






Degas Sculptures: Catalogue Raisonné of the Bronzes by Joseph S. Czestochowski and Anne Pingeot




Metal Casting History






Ancient Chinese Bronze Art: Casting the Precious Sacral Vessel by William Thomas Chase and Jung May Lee













Environmental Sculpture + Site



Land & Environmental Art (Themes&Movements) by Jeffrey Kastner and Brian Wallis

Art Nature Dialogues: Interviews With Environmental Artists by John K. Grande (Author), Edward Lucie-Smith

Between Landscape Architecture and Land Art by Udo Weilacher (Author)

Land Art (Taschen) by Michael Lailach and Uta Grosenick

Land Art by Ben Tufnell

Land Art: (hardcover) by Gilles Tiberghien

Land, Art a cultural ecology handbook. by Max Andrews



Ecological Aesthetics: Art in Environmental Design: Theory and Practice by Heike Strewlow, Herman Prigann, Vera David





Overlay: Contemporary Art and the Art of Prehistory by Lucy R. Lippard
Markings : Aerial Views of Sacred Landscapes by Charles Gallenkamp, Keith Critchlow, Maria Reiche, and Lucy Lippard






Sculptures Parks in Europe: A Guide to Art and Nature by Jimena Blázquez Abascal, Valeria Varas, and Raul Rispa

Space, Site, Intervention: Situating Installation Art by Erika Suderburg and Editor,Erika Suderburg


A Guide to the Sculpture Parks and Gardens of America by Jane McCarthy and Laurily K. Epstein

Socrates Sculpture Park by Ivana Mestrovic and Alyson Baker



Art in Action: Nature, Creativity, and Our Collective Future by Natural World Museum and Achim Steiner.
Unmarked : Peggy Phelan

Public Art

Dialogues in Public Art by Tom Finkelpearl




Public Art By The Book by Barbara Goldstein




Plop: Recent Projects of the Public Art Fund by Susan K. Freedman, Tom Eccles, Dan Cameron, and Katy Siegel

Art and the Public Sphere by W. J. T. Mitchell

City Art: New York's Percent For Art Program by Eleanor Heartney and Adam Gopnik




Sculpture Overviews


Part Object Part Sculpture by Helen Anne Molesworth


Modern Sculpture Reader by Jon Wood, Alex Potts, and David Hulks

Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks and Ellen P. Shapiro









*Passages in Modern Sculpture by Rosalind Krauss




Sculpture Today by Judith Collins

Unmonumental: the object in the 21st Century by Laura Hoptman, Richard Flood, Massimiliano Gioni + Trevor Smith


Reenchantment of Art by Suzi Gablik


*Shaping Space: The Dynamics of Three-Dimensional Design by Paul Zelanski and Mary Pat Fisher



Doubletake: Collective Memory and Current Art by Lynne Cooke, Bice Crugier, and Grey Hilty



Installation Art


*Installation Art in the New Millennium: The Empire of the Senses by Nicolas De Oliveira, Nicola Oxley, and Michael Petry


Installation Art by Nicolas De Oliveira

Installation Art by Claire Bishop

Blurring The Boundaries by Hugh Davies

From the Center by Lucy R. Lippard



Installation & Performance Art: Photographs by Claudio Abate 1960-Now by Achille Bonito Oliva, Sol Lewitt, Gilbert & George, Claudio Abate

Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space by Brian O'Doherty and Thomas McEvilley

*The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

*The Production of Space by Henri Lefebvre

Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience by Yi-Fu Tuan and Steven Hoelscher



Sculpture Process









Magazines


Modern Casting

Public Art Review by Forecast Public Art

Cabinet

Sculpture Magazine, by International Sculpture Centre

The Crucible by Castle Fine Arts, UK










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