Silicone rubber blanket mould making course: for sculptors and makers
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About the Course
Designed with sculptors and makers in mind, this two day course teaches the skill of making a silicone rubber mould from any object of your choice, whatever the shape.
Those attending will learn how to make a high quality silicone faced piece mould with a supporting polymer gypsum strengthened plaster jacket, which will be suitable for the production of casts in: polyurethane resin, wax, plaster, epoxy resin, acrylic resin, cement, polymer clays, etc.
Attendees will need to bring along a single object for casting of no more than 150mm x 150mm (6” x 6”) in size . If your object doesn’t fit this shape, for example it may be 230mm x 75mm (9”x 3”) or 125mm x 175mm (5” x 7”) it will probably still be fine to cast. The 150mm x 150mm size is intended as a rough guide to the anticipated volume of the works. If you are in doubt about the suitability of your object for the course please contact us and we will be able to work it out for you.
Students will be taught:
-How to analyse the objects to be cast and work out a strategy for casting an object
-How to make a clay blanket and plaster jacket for the production of a robust silicone rubber mould capable of producing multiple castings
- How to correctly lay up a mould (i.e. fill it) by hand to produce a hollow casting in polymer reinforced gypsum and in wax
This is a full two day course as there is a lot to learn using this fascinating technique.
The course is taught by Mark Halliday RCA. Mark is an exceptional teacher and sculptor, who has previously worked for nine years as senior lecturer at Cardiff School of Art, before founding New British Art - a not for profit artist led organisation - based in Carmarthenshire.
The course is held in our open plan workshop studio at Cilyrynys, a former dairy farm in rural Carmarthenshire. We have a growing collection of cast objects on display as well as a good range of reference material for participants to browse.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
All tuition, materials and equipment are provided and you will leave the course with a ready to use mould and two casts, one in wax and one in polymer gypsum. We provide you with lunch and your refreshments throughout the day.
It's easy to find us, we're just six miles from the end of the M4, near the Botanic Gardens of Wales. Carmarthen main line station is around 7 miles away.
I give top marks for this course.
The venue was excellent and easy to get to. The facilities were excellent. The training was hands on including a wealth of information that is generally only won after hard years of experience. It really did cater to the art as well as the science of the work. I ended the day with a great deal more than I expected, 2 excellent moulds and a great deal to assimilate/ponder for the future. This has saved me a great deal of hassle and pointed me in the right direction. These people really know how to look after their students. Thank you.
Alec Lawton - - #4290
Mark is a first rate artist and teacher and I feel very honoured to have been taught by him. This is very specialist knowledge and skills and is extremely interesting to watch and learn myself. If you are looking to learn these skills whilst in a beautiful part of the world with a fun and supportive teacher then you have found a bargin here. Thank you mark!
Kate lewis - - #3217
Such a great opportunity to obtain really specialist skills and to gain confidence in making/broaden creative processes from extremely knowledgable and experienced teaching. Set in a beautiful place with everything you need and more. I learnt a lot and had such a fantastic time.
Anna Hayes - - #2664
This is the 2nd course I've done with mark and I can't recommended, it highly enough . The space , surrounding area and teaching were all just as they should be and I consequently learned a lot in a short space of time . I'm really glad that I chose this course rather than trying to work it out myself - it saved me time and money and above all else was a very enjoyable experience
Luke mintowt-czyz - - #2650
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