Dear Orchid people–
I have a project in mind that would involve pressing thin copper
sheet into molds of various body parts, on a sculptural rather than
jewelry scale. Ideally, I would like to do the pressing with a
What I would like to know is, is there any plaster-like material
that would hold up to pressing if the casting were, say, inside a
I know metal-impregnated epoxy is sometimes used this way, but the
molds I’ve seen made that way were quite small. Doing, say, a whole
hand (one side, that is) would be an awful lot of epoxy… a face
would seem out of the question, even if molded off a plaster
positive rather than a human being. Or maybe not?
Wax would be easy to shape into any mold, but I don’t want to cast
the pieces I have in mind-- I want the immediacy of working directly
in metal, if possible.
Any ideas or experiences would be very welcome. Thanks!