Thinks were looking good. Until I poured plaster into my mold and made a brick :/
So I went and asked on /r/sculpture about what went wrong and I got some good advice. It is possible to make a plaster mold, and pour plaster into it. However I need to have more significant register keys, and use a lot more mold release. In the initial steps I also needed to make the layer of plasticine much flatter, as this will be important if I am to make a a sucessful two part mold which can then be fitted together. I was thinking in addition to the mold release I could also have a layer a acrylic medium to further differentiate between the two layers. Another problem I could have encountered would be that I didn’t wait long enough for the mold to dry before pouring in the second layer. I also realized that one must apply the mold release not only to the inside of the mold, but of course, on the top as well or any point where you want the mold to release. These types of problems are exactly why I needed to just jump in and start as opposed to waiting around for the perfect conditions. It was also suggested that I try and create a waste mold as opposed to the plaster mold I was attmepting, I was given this link as a guide as to how to make a waste mold. This is definitely a process which I am interested in. I remember watching all of the sculpture students back at my first school I went to in Connecticut, The Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, and while I always thought I would be decent at sculpture since I was good at drawing this turned out not to be the case. My first sculptures were nightmares and I remember my professor Don Gale would come by with a big tool and lop huge chunks off of my sculpture. Half a cheek would fall off here, then the bottom of the chin would be increased here (it was a sculpture portrait class ) . It really is a great way to get better at drawing and I’m excited to be getting back into it. I can also see that as someone who teaches himself at the college level that many of my students could benefit from working with “real” sculptures. Currently there is a big push to use programs like ZBrush to sculpt in 3d virtual space, and while these programs are a lot of fun to work with, I can’t help but think that there are some essential fundamentals which are being lost. We are so quick to take on any computer version of any media, while forgetting that we still have these real mediums readily available. Many times the excuse is made that it’s cheaper to work with “oil paint” or “sculpting” on a computer but in reality all of the materials I used for this first test were quite cheap, and I bought all of them within about a 5 block radius of my studio/shop in Zizkov. While at a certain level there are obviously difficult materials to get ahold of, such as alginate, especially in the Czech Republic, but plasticine, wire, and plaster are available all over the place.