This Instructable is connected to Arlene Shechet’s exhibition Meissen Recast currently on view at the RISD Museum.
Meissen Recast plays with the idea of molds, the casings that shape an object’s final form. Shechet reinterprets plaster molds by casting them in porcelain and calling attention to their usually unseen details. The process of mold-making and casting invites creative experimentation, but follows rules of precise timing and size.
Taking us through the steps involved in casting objects, Marisa Marofske (RISD BFA Painting, 2014) uses the form of a dog toy to create an array of iconic, colorful donuts.
Step 1: Create a mold sized to your object.
This could be an elaborate form made out of acrylic, but for some materials it works just as well to create a mold out of cardboard.
“I started by tracing out the shape of the object. You want the walls of the mold to be [higher than the original object]. You would want to score, and then obviously you’d want to cut.
And then what happens is this becomes a really simple box.”