I've just finished a new plaster bust to add to my collection. Introducing Madame Sacre Coeur - she has the iconic Paris landmark on her head! I picked up a model of the church in a tourist shop on a recent trip to the city and thought it would sit perfectly on someone's hat.
Some shots of Madame Sacre Coeur in the making....................
Just out of the mould. There is still flashing around the edge where the plaste bleeds through the mould seams - I snap this off but still leave the mould lines showing, borrowing the language of industrial casting.
Plaster jackets for the moulds.
The original sculptures which I create to make the plaster casts from use all kind of materials and objects.
The plaster picks up the minutest detail - like this plaited hair for example
Casting the busts
Moulds for the plinths
various fabrics I use in the original sculptures
The casts are always slightly rough looking - not at all perfect - and that's the look I'm aiming for.
Madame Chateau. She has appeared in a previous post but below are shots of the casting process.
Peeling the mould back from the cast
See the related post on making the plaster bust collection
And more images on the website