Monday, March 2, 2015

Meet and Greet/Discovering Hard Molding Paste and Building Support

The Cat Care Society held a "Meet and Greet" at the "Cat House" for the artists and sponsors of the Painted Cats.  Attendees sipped champagne and munched on yummy desserts while visiting with each other and enjoying the antics of the resident cat population.

A slide show and portfolio showed the previous four years of the Painted Cats.  This year's designs were displayed in a separate portfolio, onto which one young feline parked herself, as if to say,"Hey! It's all about me, you know!"

Meanwhile, I have been playing around with Hard Molding Paste manufactured by Golden.  It has become my new favorite art material, and I can see endless possibilities for its use.
Golden Hard Molding Paste

I am using the Hard Molding Paste to build up Cosmos Cat's collar, which will eventually support the clear acrylic globe (or "bubble") that will cover his head.  The Hard Molding Paste has some interesting properties, and it will take several layers to build it up to the size needed.

I created an armature around the cat's neck to provide support for the Hard Molding Paste.  I began by drilling six holes spaced evenly apart around the entire neck, making them large enough to insert plastic anchors for screws.

Next, Bondo epoxy was applied into the screw anchors, and a screw was driven into each  anchor until about 1/2 inch of the screw stuck out above the cat surface.  Finally, I attached a thin, flexible wire (rebar tying wire) to each screw head, creating a wire ring around the cat's neck.

The first three layers of Hard Molding Paste were applied in the next photo.  It takes about a day to harden before the next layer can be applied.  It will take a number of layers to build up the collar enough to support the bubble.

The Hard Molding Paste also will be used to build up "fur" on some areas of Cosmos Cat.

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