Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead
Recently I created some pretty good silicon molds of skulls. First I shaped a nice, realistic looking skull out of modeling clay, the non-drying kind, then placed it in a box and poured Oomoo 30 Smooth-On Silicone Mold Making Rubber molding goo over the skull face. Success! My first really good mold.
In this warm California climate I can make 4 to 5 skull molds a day, so needless to say my winter month painting dance card is all filled up. In addition to the large molds I created an space alien skull mask and several smaller skull masks for ornaments and refrigerator magnets.
Most of these skull masks are molded with paper mache' pulp pressed into a silicon mold and sun or oven dried. Once dry they are sanded and hand painted with acrylic paints and gloss. The larger masks have hangers attached for display on flat vertical surfaces walls, posts etc. All paper mache masks and figurines are for inside display or placed in very protected outside areas. The gloss finish helps make the masks water resistent but if the paper pulp gets damp or wet the pulp may expand and crack the paint. Think of Karma Carriers as little gremlins...you don't ever want them to get wet.
All the skulls will go eventually to the Blossoming Path in Fair Oaks for sale. Use the pull-down menu above to peruse the skulls.