Silicone Casting

At the beginning we will deal with questions such as:

  • Why do I want to mould something with silicone?
  • What are the benefits of silicone moulds?
  • What kind of forms are suitable for a mould? etc.

We will talk about techniques, try out a few things, examine what we have done and have a discussion about it. Moulding is, among other things, an examination of materials, their properties and effects.

In addition to acquiring the skill of the silicone moulding technique, the course should also be a personal challenge. It is a content-related and visual process. A change of material has many consequences: material shrinkage, light, porosity, surface feel, process, sharpness etc. It has much to do with experience with materials. In this sense there should be no limits to experimentation.

Main objective: to develop manual skills

Silicone is a material that is ideal for precision moulding and detailed reproduction. The aim of this course is to gain an understanding of the basic techniques in creating a silicone casting mould, including the use of plaster support moulds. These support moulds are extremely important for a detailed reproduction. We pay as much attention to the plaster support moulds as to all the other tasks.

We develop the technique by using simple natural objects which we examine, then discuss ways to proceed. Every piece is unique and needs its own solution. If you wish you can bring along a work of clay, stone or wood made on a previous course, and cast it, bearing in mind levels of difficulty. If it is a large work, we suggest that you choose a section of it.