November 26, 2005

Polymer Fun

I've had this project swirling around the mists of my mind for the last couple months. Since visiting the Philidelphia Museum of Art and stuff, actually. There was alot of Modern art there, and I really enjoyed it. Anyway, I had some thoughts on cool art things I would like to research. One of them was using Light Emitting Diodes in clear plastic/resin. LEDs cast some really cool colors, and I think it would be really cool to use them in a three dimensional sculpture. So I have a project in mind, but before I get to that one, I am going to do a prototype. That should help me get the hang of the medium, and help to iron out the major bumps.




So, i bought the supplies earlier this fall. I bought a bag of clay, soldate-60: Pretty Classic stuff. I also got a bag o' plaster. After buying these locally, I then bought the good stuff, the molding compound and the resin. I used http://www.smoothon.com/ on the recommendation of a local potter from Potter's Center. The Molding Compound I got was: Mold Max 30. And the clear plastic was: Crystal Clear 200. I chose these two, because somewhere on smoothon's website, it indicated that they should work well together (important), and that the Crystal Clear 200 should meet the needs of being able to convey the light of the LEDs. With casting, there are usually bubbles that form in the final form, unless you use a pressurized mold, or put the mold in a pressurized chamber. I'm thinking that it would be cool to have a brushed or sandblasted finish on the item, as that would give the final a translucent look, which i think would be more aesthetically impressive.
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