Making a simple 2-piece silicone block mould for a puppet head

Excellent silicone mould tutorial from David Neat
‘There’s more than one way to make a mould for any given object and more than one choice of material to use’.

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Here I am using work photos I took of a simple 2-piece block mould I made some years ago to illustrate the basics of the mouldmaking process. There’s more than one way to make a mould for any given object and more than one choice of material to use. Actually the options, both for the material used and the type of mould, are not so many though, they can be counted on one or both hands .. but this is enough to make the decision a considered one. The choice depends on the level of accuracy and detail-reproduction you want; the material and shape of the prototype; the type of casts you want to make; the amount of money you can afford to spend and the amount of time you’re prepared to put into it .. see ‘quick view’ comparisons of mouldmaking materials in the Materials section.

carved puppet head

The prototype here is a…

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