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Interview with Kathryn Walmsley, NIADA, on mold making

January 8, 2008

moldmaking online classI know I promised that I wouldn’t use my blog as an advertisement for Doll Street but


Actually, this class is going to be awesome and I’m going to take it myself. It’s not just for doll makers you can use this for just about anything. So many possibilities. Anyhow, Kathryn Walmsley, sculptor extraordinaire and NIADA artist, is going to be teaching a Guerilla Mold Making Class, beginning Feb 15th.
This class is designed to introduce both doll makers and mixed media artists to a variety of different types of quick and easy mold making techniques for use in reproducing their work. There will be step by step instructions with pictures for molds made with Flexwax and 5 minute silicon mold putty. Detailed overviews of plaster and 2 part mold making are also included. Both 2 and 3 D sculptures can be reproduced and applied to all kinds of surfaces as well as saving sculpting time in doll and accessory making. It’s going to be messy and it’s going to be a whole lot of fun!
You will be amazed at the things you will think of to make molds from. You will look at everything with a new eye after you take this mold making class.
Sign up and use the code ArtDoll Blog and you’ll get a free present from me! You enter the code as you go through the checkout process. But anyhow, read on for a interview with Kathryn in which she gives us a detailed overview of this class:
Why did you develop this class?
I developed this class because the longer I used these techniques the more versatile I realized they were and I felt that many artists could use them in their work. While I’m not a master mold maker I’ve been doing it a long time and think that I can present the information to people like me in a way that will make it easier for them to use. I wanted to develop techniques that a person could get together with few materials on hand. Some forms of mold making can be complicated and time consuming and while we’ll talk about the advantages and disadvantage of some of those techniques in class I named the class Guerilla mold making to imply doing things the fast, simple, easy and effective way!
What will the students learn?
In this class we will learn a number of techniques mainly using Flexwax and 5 minuet mold making putty. Both of these materials are widely available and can be ordered online, by phone or mail.
Flexwax is especially suited to reproducing objects which can be cut apart to remove from the mold thus creating a 2 part mold. These molds are amazingly durable and while a bit messy it’s quite fun working with warm wax. A little bit like the candle making many of us did in elementary school. Flex wax can also be successfully used to make 2 part molds from polymerclay sculptures although it’s best to sculpt models for mold making as there might be some slight damage to the original.
Five minute mold making putty is just a revolution for both doll makers and mixed media artist. We’ll learn how to make impressions of finished dolls, relief sculptures, parts which can later be combined into finished artwork. You can even cast paper into these molds.
Also include in the class is just about everything I know about making plaster molds which certainly have their place in the picture especially if you would like to cast pourable paperclay such as Flumo. We’ll also go over how to make formal two part molds with pourable silicone which is important if you require tight control over how the two parts of your mold separate. We will make 2 part molds with the 5 minute putty but in a more informal way.
I hope everyone will complete the class with a working understanding of the different types of molds and how they can use them in their own work and for those who wish to work along with the class some completed molds.
How long have you been making molds?
I started making molds about 16 years ago. I started making 2 part silicon molds and as new products became available experimented with them too. Since most of my work is one of a kind I came to see that formal 2 part mold making was perhaps more trouble than it was worth to me. I began to see that what I wanted from mold making was a fast and easy way to create simple molds I could use to make duplicates of my sculptures but then go on and make that reproduction unique in it’s own way. I’ve been using the Flexwax and 5 minute mold putty for about 10 years and finally learned how to make plaster molds about 5 years ago so I could try casting Flumo a pourable paperclay which requires plaster molds.
The types of mold making I do now really helps me to make leg, hand and head “blanks” by pressing clay into my molds. I then go on and refine these. When using paper clay in the molds the resulting parts are so light weight that they can be used as additions to all kinds of mixed media work to give dimension. It’s especially fun to make flower and leaf part molds and molds to make accessories for dolls. I now have a large collection of molds of faces, textures, plant and body parts which I can mix and match to create unique artworks.
I’ve put many years into developing and learning about this type of mold making and am looking forward to sharing this info with my students on Doll Street.
Thanks, Kathryn!
So that’s it! The low down on the class – I don’t think you can go wrong taking this class – the possibilities of what you can do sound endless!

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New Classes on Doll Street

December 18, 2007

FennelaHey – have to tell you that there’s some great classes upcoming at Doll Street. I’ve had a sneak peek at the class files and they are very cool! We have Sherry’s Charmed One – which I’ve already made one of – that’s her photo with this post – she’s so cool. A literal canvas for your art. I know that I’m preaching to the choir to some of you but Sherry’s classes are great fun! Then Fran is teaching her Treasure Chest of Memories – a doll mounted onto a box – totally neat – silk ribbon flowers, painting techniques, collage, all kinds of stuff. If you’re wanting to learn about doll faces then Judy Skeel’s class is for you – hundreds of photos. You can’t go wrong. Finally we have Michelle’s beaded pin dolls – she’ll show you how to use a few basic stitches to make some very fun pieces. Go take a look at the classes …

Front page news

July 10, 2007

I’m working on a project for Doll Crafter and Costuming so I can’t show any progress reports right now. Instead I’ll post the front page photo of the doll my student made. I need to get in touch with a couple of these gals and see how their dolls turned out in the end. This one just has a skein of yarn stuck on her head for the photo shoot, LOL. I really do love this cherry fabric!


Quilting on the Kenai doll class

June 25, 2007

My students
I had a fantastic time teaching beginning doll making at the 13th Annual Quilting on the Kenai extravaganza. I had a great bunch of women in my class who made some fabulous dolls. Which shouldn’t have surprised me because some of them are award winning quilters and fabric artists. Matter of fact my hostess, Karen Fogarty, won a 1st for her chenille jacket, a 1st for her fairy doll, and a 2nd for a purse. Phew. Out of the 11 women in class, two had made dolls before. You’d never have known that by the time they were all done though. Click here to see lots of photos of their dolls. Much better ones too – where you can actually see the dolls! The photo here is lousy – I have no clue what my camera decided to focus on. I took my old camera and that was a big mistake!
The quilt show itself was a blast – lots of fabulous eye candy, a treadle sewing machine race, antique quilts, and great vendors (more fabric!!). Saturday evening we went to a wearable art fashion show. Lots of inspiration there! I was on the run from the minute I got there to the minute I left. If you ever come to Alaska at the end of June you will have to see it for yourself.

Hands all around

October 14, 2006

I taught my severed hand pincushion class last night at the quilt shop. I had four students and we had an absolute blast. We just laughed and laughed. I think everyone had a great time and they all learned something new. One of the gals had her camera so when she sends me photos I can share. I forgot how much I enjoy teaching – it’s been nearly a year since I gave a class. I’ll be looking forward to my next one !

Diane’s scissor fobs

July 27, 2006

Diane recently bought my e-class on how to make scissor fobs and I think she went a bit overboard, LOL. She has made over 60 fobs – and in only two days! Now that’s getting your money’s worth from a class. You can make these too – my class is only $5.00 – or if you only want one then you can buy one of Diane’s fobs – she is selling them for $3.50 plus shipping.
Here are two that she made. The red, white, and blue one is my favorite!

Diane's fobs 1
Diane's fobs 2

Sherry Goshon – Illusion of Costuming

January 31, 2006

This past weekend my club hosted Sherry Goshon for a class in costuming. Sherry teaches the Illusion of Costuming – meaning that the clothes are NOT constructed as proper outfits that will come off. I always love to see how different we all think and how we interpret a concept …


Time to work

August 11, 2005

I’m running out of time … I am supposed to teach this doll as an on-line class next month and I haven’t even started to write the class. I have to make another one of these so I can take step-by-step photographs. I’ve managed to get out the pattern pieces and play around with them – moving the arms around like it’s a paper doll – but that’s it. I haven’t touched a doll in a while. Think that means something?
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Flower Doll

By the way – this is the doll that Art Doll Quarterly kept for 9 months and never published. I wonder what they were doing with it? Keeping it in a dark closet to see if it would wither?

Sew Lovely

May 17, 2005

Today I finished up the piece from the Friday night class. This is a paper and fabric confection. They make up really quickly – you can probably get one finished in a couple of hours and they can be made to fit any theme. I think it’s really pretty.


Class is over :<

May 16, 2005

You don’t realize just how much energy you expend when you spend three days in classes. After all, all you do is sit, you listen, and then you create. But it’s draining. We finished class early because Barbara realized everyone was getting tired. After I got home I had some supper, sat down to relax and promptly fell asleep. I didn’t even unload all my stuff from my car. The doll isn’t done but she’s within a couple of hours of being finished. This photo shows how much I’ve got done.