Sunday, 30 March 2014

Ear Casting.

At the begging of the second semester before we all chose wether we wanted to do make up creature design or special effects creature design, our special effects tutor wanted everyone to have a go at ear and hand casting. For this we split up into groups of three, one to be the model, one main person casting and the third person acting as a general assistant.
Ear casting is a fairly easy and quick process which can be used to create a prosthetic piece to change or enhance the natural shape of the models ear.
We started the process by laying the model flat on one side and propping up her head so she was comfortable and so it was one level.
To protect the models hair we applied a layer of vaseline around the models ear, smoothing it onto the hairline. A small sheet of plastic was then placed around the ear.
A small piece of cotton wool was placed inside the ear to protect it.
This image above shows the alginate after it has been pored inside the cup which is being used as a wall atround the ear. One person in the group mixed and poured the alginate while the other held the cup in place to stop it moving or leaking it out all over the models face.
One it was filled and covering the ear any air bubbles were removed by running a finger around the models ear inside the cast. That part was most definitely a very strange experience. 

Fortunately the alginate is quick to set so the model didnt have to lie there too long before it could be removed from the ear pulling the cotton wool out of it.
To finish off the casting process using the top half of another cup the two halves were attatched together using clay and mod roc and left to set before adding plaster ontop of the alginate cast.
I have enjoyed past lessosn where we have done casting so I really enjoyed learning a new method of doing it. I found this very easy and simple to do whilst still having very effective results.