Experienced mold manufacturers and casting artists often follow systematic procedures when making works of art.
They decided on the model and planned ahead how the project was going.
All the materials, tools and supplies needed were assembled in advance.
Beginners will also have items such as cloth, gloves, containers, measuring cups, brushes, rasps, mixers, and sometimes even nameplates engraved.
Filling, plaster bandages, paint and cosmetics are also waiting.
However, when buying products such as seaweed, plaster, latex, silicone rubber, cold casting powder, polyurethane resin, suitable mold release agent, many novice artists often draw a blank space.
They may have decided to make the mold with clay or to make the casting with silicone casting rubber, but what they are confused about is the actual quantity needed for the project!
No speculation here.
Undervaluation may cause you to develop deficiencies during molding or casting.
Sometimes there may not be enough time to go out and buy a replacement or even have to throw away incomplete work.
On the other hand, buy too much (
Avoid potential shortages)
It can result in additional waste of material, which proves to be quite expensive. How to judge?
Senior Artists eliminate speculation by using a variety of techniques to estimate the amount of material needed to make a mold or casting.
They know that the quantity depends not only on the size of the model to be cast or cast, but even on the box used to contain the model.
The type of weakening, complexity, and even configuration on the model are some variables that directly affect how much material is used.
The quantity of the material also varies depending on the type of mold manufacturing or casting material used, the type of mold and the method of making the mold or casting.
For example, the mold manufacturing materials required for blanket molds are much less than for block molds.
Again, if you are making a latex mask by pouring liquid latex rubber, the quantity of the material will depend directly on the size and capacity of the hollow mold, as it must be filled to the edge.
However, when liquid latex is poured into the container after a period of time and can be reused, you can plan to make multiple masks.
Artists usually estimate the amount of material required based on volume or weight.
Volume measurement is relatively easier because all you have to do is put the model in the mold box and fill it with water.
Water consumption indicates the volume of the required material.
Weight measurement is a bit tricky-
You can use a mathematical formula to convert the volume to its corresponding weight.
Don't worry, because your estimates will improve with practice, you can also accurately judge the amount of material needed for any project!