construction notes i 

First a rough sculpt of the form was made using clay to get a general idea of what the plaster carving would look like. Then a block of plaster was cast into a cardboard box mold so it could be carved from. Using a pencil the shape of the gum was drawn out and using hand carving tools and a shaver the shape was carefully chiseled out and the teeth grooves was made more pronounced with a round drill bit. The plaster carving was then covered in a few layers of clear sealant spray so the latex would not stick to it when making the mold. 

Latex mold i


Cotton swabs were placed into the tooth holes and any gaps in the mold so they latex would not get in. Then multiple layers of cheese cloth and latex were brushed onto the plaster carving to create the latex mold. A total of 9 or 10 layers was brushed on and set to dry.


Plaster mold I 

construction notes i

Because the carving was so small (about 12 inches by 9 inches) the mother mold could be made in one piece and not be split up which made it easier for me since this was my first time doing anything like this. Balls of twine were dipped into wet plaster and essentially slathered onto the latex mold. After enough was built up from the twine balls alone, handfuls of plaster were added on top until there was a good base that was made and once it was dry it was pulled off of the latex mold. 

plaster casts i


The latex mold was placed into the plaster mother mold with saran wrap put inside the mother mold so the latex would not get stuck. Plaster was mixed and poured into the mold to make plaster castings. A total of 4 plaster castings were made and smoothed out a little with a hand shaver tool. Just for the sake of making them a little more interesting 2 of the castings were spray painted red. 

When placed on top of one another the pieces are made to resemble a set of gums and are similar to that of a mold made of someone's teeth when they go to the dentist. 


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