It’s not just inanimate objects alone; it is also possible to make molds of humans and animals. However, working on a living being requires a much more careful approach.
A skin-safe mold making material like alginate, special silicone rubber or plaster bandages can be used. The artist has to still work cautiously to avoid causing any kind of harm or even discomfort to the model. For instance, a release agent is essential so that the mold making material does not snag in the body hair and make it difficult to demold.
Going further, the artist has to take immense care when working on the face. The mold making material has to stay clear of the eyes and mouth. It should not clog the nose either as it will become difficult to breathe.
Even the pose of the model has to be carefully planned and tested so that he or she does not feel uncomfortable or even restless. Keeping them calm and relaxed can be quite a challenge for the artist.
However, the artist also has to be prepared for things to go wrong despite taking the best precautions. After all, they are working on a live person and some things will always be beyond their control. Being able to take the disruptions or even failure in stride and being willing to start the work all over again is as important as being skilled at their art!
But once an alginate body mold is ready, it can be easily cast into to create a beautiful life cast. All the artist has to do is clean and prepare the mold before pouring in the plaster (or other appropriate casting material) and the mold will churn out a beautiful replica of the model.
The mesmerizing charm of the life cast will put paid to all the efforts that went into creating this magical art form!
Life casting artists can easily source all their art materials and supplies from EnvironMolds at www.artmolds.com.