Materials

The basis of my teaching practise is materials awareness. For this reason I have started building this page tree which groups information on the properties and uses of various materials first of all according to the general applications – constructing, shaping, modelling, surfacing and painting and then collected information for individual materials within each. Some articles will be copied from the main body of the blog, others may just be put here.

8 thoughts on “Materials

  1. Hi David. You have put together a very informative site. Thanks. I work regularly in High Density EPS and polymer plasters on a variety of scales. I wondered wether you might be interested in my recent exploration with polyurea for coating EPS. I fist employed it on an enlargement of a maquette made in EPS and Jesmonite. The enlargement was also carved in EPS and I had it coated with hot sprayed Polyurea (which employs expensive equipment beyond most hobbyists or even serious sculptors). The result however was fantastic and provided me with a 2.5 metre high, waterproof, strong form that I was able to work on with sanding tools and add more coating materials for tooling as necessary (body-filler or Jesmonite). Since then I have been using Styrospray 1000(a cold polyurea that can be brushed, rolled or sprayed) to coat EPS maquettes to very good effect. It produces strong, light weight models that are strong enough to be used as one offs or to enable moulds to be made. The polyurea takes acrylic for colouring and patination very well. I think you should check it out.

  2. Hi David, I was wondering if perhaps you had a post on sanding methods planned for the future, I would be interested in reading about Mat board and various other materials personally..😀 Thanks for the great blog!

    • Hello,

      I will be dealing with sanding tools .. and therefore sanding methods .. when I continue with the series on ‘Tools’ but I don’t know when this will be. I’m not familiar with ‘Mat board’ .. where are you writing from?

      • Australia but it is called the same thing in America.. The cottony based board they use in photo frames might be a better way to describe what I mean🙂

    • I can tell you where, with price comparisons even! .. you’ll find all that in the ‘Materials’ section in ‘Updated sources/prices for specific materials’

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