How To: Make a paper mache baby elephant

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a paper mache baby elephant. To begin, you will need a pattern, which you can find at Ultimate Paper Mache. There is a grid on the pattern that you can use to expand onto a large piece of particle board. This will give you the entire body for the elephant. After you cut the elephant out of the board, glue and nail it together with spacers in between the body parts. After this, crumple up newspaper and then tape and squish it onto the wood until the muscl...

How To: Make a mold of a sculpture

This three part instructional sculpture video demonstrates how to make a two part plaster mold. Make a plaster mold to make stop-motion animation puppets from clay models. A plaster mold can make casts out of almost any material. This model will be cast out of foam rubber with a movable metal skeleton.

News: SPLAT! Art Made from Everyday Household Items

Tom Friedman. One of my very favorite contemporary artists. Friedman injects the wonder into the humdrum. He creates magic from the unsuspected with his incredible sculptures assembled from simple, everyday materials. His materials have included: toilet paper, drinking straws, construction paper, masking tape, toothpicks, bubblegum, spaghetti, toothpaste, soap powder, sugar cubes.

News: Artist Converts Hummer Into Horse-Drawn Stagecoach

As a protest to American consumerism, NYC artist Jeremy Dean converted a Hummer H2 into a horse-drawn carriage "to show just how screwed and unsustainable the auto industry has become." Dean believes the gas guzzling SUV is the epitome of everything that is wrong with American consumerism. Whatever your political opinion may be, Dean's conversion is pretty striking.

How To: Weld yard art

In this video series, our expert Chris Ramirez will show you how to make and weld yard art. He will teach you about all the tools you will need to make your yard art, teach you a bit about yard art in general, and teach you how to be safe while doing your welding.

How To: Make simple one piece silicone rubber molds

Check out this video for how to create simple one piece silicone rubber molds. This technique is ideal for smaller projects (less than 12" x 12"), this is the easiest process for creating parts, patterns, tools, & molds. We demonstrate creating a silicone rubber mold and then the casting of parts with Repro, epoxy casting resins and polyurethane elastomers. This process can be used in automotive, mechanical, fine art and film special effects uses.

How To: Make a paper mâché dragon

Are you an aspiring paper mâché sculptor? In this video, see how Dan from Monster-Man.com builds a really cool paper mache dragon from start to finish. Although instructions aren't given, it is easy to use this video as a guide to begin your dragon's structure and build up. Be on your way toward creating an extremely impressive paper mâché dragon with help from this video.

How To: Make a fiberglass mold

This how-to video series is a step-by-step guide to molding fiberglass. These videos give a simple introduction to fiberglass mold construction, explained using a model aircraft cowling but the same technique applies to any fiberglass sculpture. The entire process is detailed from plug, to mold, to finished fiberglass part. Follow along with the eight steps: develop the plug, construct the parting board, lay up the mold, release the mold from the plug, prepare the mold for fabrication, lay up...

How To: Make a clear silicone rubber mold

This is an excellent video that covers creating a clear silicone rubber mold to deal with a complex parting line or irregular shape. When a project requires a complex parting line, it is often easier to pour the entire mold in one process with clear rubber, then cut your parting line. This process also saves at least a day in creating the mold. This process can be used in automotive, mechanical, fine art and film special effects uses.

How To: Make a silicone mold of a toy figurine

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a silicone mold of a toy figurine. First, roll out clay and press the bottom of the figurine into the center. Next, use a plastic bottle to create the mold box. Cut the bottom off of the bottle, then press the bottle into the clay to make sure the figurine is centered. Now, press the bottle down into the clay and make the silicone mixture. When you're done mixing, pour it into the bottle. Pour in a stream to avoid any bubbles inside of it. Let this sit o...

How To: Make a duplicate sculpture using a press mold

Mary Buckman describes how to create a cast clay sculpture from a press mold. Press molds can be used over and over again to duplicate a sculpture without going through the tedious process of actually sculpting it or without the artistic talent required to. Watch this video sculpting tutorial and learn how to use a press mold.

How To: Sculpt a one part plaster mold

This video sculpting tutorial shows how to make a mold out of plaster. The mold demonstrated is subtractive, requiring an initial sculpture that the mold is based upon. This original clay sculpture can easily be duplicated by making a plaster mold. Watch this instructional video and learn how to sculpt a one part plaster mold.

How To: Recycle junk CDs and DVDs into a miniature disco ball

So, AOL might not be mailing as many internet CDs as they did in the past, but chances are you have a few of those junk discs lying around. Chances are you have tons of junk CDs and DVDs laying around, not necessarily from AOL. And now... it's time to turn them into something useful, or at least fun! Kipkay shows you how to build a mini-disco ball from those recycled discs, with scissors, hot glue and a styrofoam ball also needed.

How To: Make a surreal paper mache hand

If you're looking for ideas for creepy decorations to make for your next Halloween party, or just want to have a little fun, you can use papier mache, cardbord paper, a little foil and some paint to create a surreal cartoon hand.

How To: Mix polyester resin

Resin mixing is an important part of composite manufacturing. Here's how to do it safely and with an acceptable margin of accuracy. Make sure to wear gloves to protect your hands and skin from the active agents in the resin.

How To: Make rigid molds with fast-cast urethane

This excellent detailed video demonstrates how to create rigid molds with a fast cast urethane. Ideal for smaller models/molds with a flat side, fast-cast urethanes are widely used for their ease of use, low cost, and quick de-mold times. However, their use requires careful application of release agents. This process can be used in automotive, mechanical, fine art and film special effects uses.

How To: Mass cast complex parts with a parting line

Check out this detailed video that covers how to mass cast an object with no flat sides. This video is only for very experienced mold makers or the particularly ambitious. When mass casting a part without a flat side, you must create a two-part mold. We create a two-part silicone rubber mold with a clean parting line and then cast the part with Repro. This process can be used in automotive, mechanical, fine art and film special effects uses.

How To: Make a silicone mold

Watch this instructional video to make a one part silicone mold. Silicone molding is a simple and accurate process and will forgive many mistakes. You can actually smooth the silicone onto your object as it dries.

How To: Carve a figure out of wood

Carved wood figures always present an aura of mystery. From the fearsome tribal masks of Africa to the towering totems of British Columbia, indigenous peoples have long created wooden guardians to channel their spirits and protect their peoples. Puppets can even move like us, mock us, or in the case of Pinocchio, come alive. Be careful wood carvers, for in your hands you possess the power of the gods, the power to create, the power to give life, and hopefully the power to make a cool sculptur...

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