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If you don't object to a transparent substance in the bottom of the basin, you can use acrylic casting resin, aiming for a product which specifically advertises itself as clear, as some of the available casting resins are not. Mixing the product per directions and pouring it into the basin with a bowl under the drain will allow you to place the exact amount,...


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I might try two things, one handle the clay as little as required, the less you touch it the less heat it will absorb. And maybe try something like Wristband coolers. The link is to one brand, but the idea is that you can cool down your whole body with these. It is a band that wraps your wrist (where you have a lot blood vessels). I'll run my wrists ...


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It looks like you're making something rather like a specimen in a jar, so why not do it the way the professionals do it: pure ethanol or isopropyl alcohol? As long as the jar is properly sealed, this should keep your alien fluid in pristine condition for centuries to come. Of course, this may be overkill. If you do a decent job of sterilising the jar ...


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My experience so far is that cheaper air-drying clays tend to shrink more than quality clays while drying. Many types of clay list the expected shrinkage on the package. If there is no information about shrinkage, you should expect it to be non-negligible (sometimes as much as 10%). As far as I understand it, different fibres added to the clay are to blame. ...


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The first thing that comes to my mind are the works by the contemporary German artist Gerhard Richter. He has a huge body of paintings that are famous for being blurred, like this one: Or, to a lesser but more photographic extent: Early 20th century, artists that were part of the futurism movement, wished to portray movement. This might no be exactly what ...


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You could only strive to make as smooth a ball as possible. Maybe just paint it. The tallest mountain on that scale will be 0.11 [m radius of the soccer ball] / 6371000 [m mean radius of the Earth] * 8848 [m Everest height] ≈ 0.15 mm. A thickness of a sheet of good paper.


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Copper has a melting point of 1085°C/1984°F which is well above your expected temperatures. There should be no danger of losing structural integrity of the sculpture due to melting of the copper wire. According to the chart at hyperphysics, copper has an expansion coefficient of 17x10^-6 per degree C. This is 0.000017 or 0.0017 percent per degree C. Only ...


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Concrete is a hard substance created from the chemical reactions of the various components mixed during the build, including water. Once cured, smashing the material into any level of coarseness or fineness will not undo the chemical reactions. The primary purpose of using recycled concrete debris is usually as filler, to reduce the volume of pour in a ...


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Maybe, but it's probably not a good idea. For one thing, the package says not to do it. The manufacturer isn't just saying that because they want you to buy a toaster oven -- putting it in the microwave will result in burning. Because microwaves don’t heat evenly, parts of the mass will begin to cure and harden while others remain soft. Microwave ovens ...


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A couple of alternatives. Firstly, cheap and cheerful, use metal clothes hangers (normally given free from the dry cleaners). However, this would only offer you a limited range of gauges. Secondly, pop down to your local DIY/Garden Centre. They will have a large selection of fencing & plant growth materials. You will find all sorts of wire used for ...


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Organic Kinetic Futurist Sculpture Adding organic and kinetic gives many similar results like the sculptures of Patrice Pit Hubert


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So I asked a Tinsmith friend and he suggested the followings: Iron wire: it is cheap and has the big advantage that it can be fold at the same place several times without breaking. So you can reuse it. Chicken Wire: This solution might be particularly interesting for you as it allows to make some more complicated complicated structures and, it is also ...


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Exposed to the public it will take a lot of abuse . So it needs to be as strong as possible. Use the hollow mold but put a steel rebar armature /core into it before you pour in the concrete. Use lots of rebar and lots of cement in the concrete. I have seen solid concrete benches destroyed in Cook Co IL and other places.


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According to this link, adding more borax, starch or talcum powder will make the slime more rigid. Also kneading the slime repeatedly with dry hands will extract moisture, further adding to the slime's ability to maintain its shape while air drying.


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You can use water to dilute it. Here someone suggest adding a little soap with the water, as this will not only let it mix better, but also increase the drying time, although I think this might be detrimental for the structure. Note however, that some users complain about the manipulation of this mix (e.g. here: "I tried [to] dilute Milliput and although ...


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If each statue is 1.25x as large as the original, its volume will be 1.25 cubed, or a little over 1.95 times the volume of the original. If you can find out the weight of the original and the specific gravity of the stone of which it is carved, you can calculate the volume of stone in the statue and use that to calculate how much concrete you would need for ...


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There are two scenarios to consider: Molding and Sculpting For molding, most use a 1/4" to 3/8" aggregate. Using larger aggregate may force aggregate to migrate to the surface. The ratio depends on how big the statue will be. Typical mix: 1 part Portland Cement (white cement ratio is the same) 2 parts Sand (nothing fancy - its the connector for ...


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are there any resources I can use to find design principles for comfortable seating? Here are a few to get started: Must-Have Measurements for Comfortable Seating With a little work the drawing above can be turned into an algorithm. The key variable will be the dimensions of the person sitting in the chair. Another useful drawing: I found the picture ...


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Decide which media you desire to use. A good choice for a beginner would be the inexpensive medium of Papier-mâché, a composite material of paper pulp and binder. One can use newspaper, shredded office paper, cardboard, just about anything cellulose. As the link suggests, you can create using the strip method, but for your sculpture, you'd want an armature (...


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There is nothing you can do, except to put in another drain. You cannot tilt that bowl in any direction that will but the hole you have at the bottom, so there is no way to avoid the standing water without having an additional outlet. Plugging the center hole will probably (as you suggest) result in something that does not look very good (unless you can ...


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Your intention to salvage the statue is well placed. However, as already stated in a comment, your biggest enemy here is the fact that the structural integrity of the statue is affected, and therefore not reliable. Before fixing the details, you should make sure that the statue can survive the repairs, instead of completely collapsing together with said ...


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Deciding on the scale is part of the design process When you decide to make a piece of art its size is part of the design process. There is a huge difference between a miniature and a way more than lifesize piece of art in the materials and tools needed and in the structure which may not be seen but is needed to build the item, but not in how you design the ...


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Plaster comes in quality ranges. The plaster sold for slip casting is a high quality and, no doubt the site or store will have an answer for the beginner. That said, all moisture must be out or near the outer surface of the mold before pouring your metal. Part of you problem may be that you have a one piece mold. A two piece mold allows the surface area ...


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You need to minimise bubbles in the plaster of Paris mould. I do this by mixing the plaster of Paris in a rather runny state and after pouring into the former for the plaster tapping it to release any bubbles that have formed. Plaster sets relatively quickly but even after setting is still wet and in thick sections takes a long time to dry adequately, which ...


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You could make another little flat hole on just one side of the round plate and have a little plumb to converge from there in the main central plumbing, so as the main hole will got the direct water and the new small one just the remaining. Obviously you'll need a little of inclination to get the water stream to the right direction. Just an idea.


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Manufacturers have started reacting to their customers requests and produce some clays that can be cured in a microwave. It must be written on the packaging and there must be an instruction of how to cure it in the microwave. The instructions I saw included: The clay object must have a minimum thickness of several millimeters. You cannot cure thin sheets ...


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No, it requires baking to set. I have a polymer clay only "toaster oven". It was designed for just using that medium. Look at your local craft store, or online 😊


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A general term you may find helpful here is fastening. A search on fastening method turns up some interesting resources that discuss various fastening methods used in industry. I'd start there with the abstract discussions. Those are likely places to find other general category terms you can use to refine your search. I found this one interesting for a ...


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Ultimately sculpting is as much about your ability to observe your subject as your technical ability to manipulate the medium. It may help you to do some preparatory sketches. Unless you have a zoo or wildlife park near you you will probably be stuck with sketching from photos rather than life but you will certainly want to look at a range of material. ...


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There are a few different options for sculpting materials that fall withing the broad definition of 'clay' Water based clays These are essentially the same stuff used for pottery and are widely used for 'fine art' type sculpture. The big advantage of water based clay is that its plasticity and hardness can be controlled according to how wet it is so you ...


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