The Mouldmaking Studio, MCA 154, offers students the materials and equipment required for the reproduction of 3D objects; for example, the reproduction of soft clay or plasticine models to harder, more permanent materials, such as plasters, cements, plastics, acrylics and metals. Processes commonly undertaken in the Mouldmaking Studio include:
- Waste moulds
- Piece moulds
- Flexible rubber moulds
- Life casting
- Direct modelling of plaster
- Armature building
The following materials are readily available for students to purchase:
- Various plasters, gypsums and cement products
- Silicones, alginates, latex and rubber mouldmaking materials
See the Buying materials page for purchasing details.
Facilities and equipment
Marble bench tops, clay slab roller, vacuum pump, triple beam balance scales, electronic scales
Various mouldmaking hand tools are available for use, but students are encouraged to develop their own personal tool kit consisting of chisels, scrapers, modelling tools and measuring tapes.