Experimenting with new materials – processes and techniques

Because I have chosen to try using concrete it won’t be possible to send this work, so I have tried to document my samples as well as I can and include images of all my samples here.

Sample 1 – Latex

Loosely knitted cotton on 8mm needles. I pored liquid latex onto the knitting. Gold, flesh colour and black.
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After laying fabric over a ball I poured flesh coloured latex over it so that it ran down the sides. Latex gives a structure to fabric and holds it’s shape really interestingly.
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after folding a small sample of fabric and pegging it in place I poured black latex over it to see if it would completely hold its original shape. It did really well.
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Sample 2 – Fibre optics

One sample using glue dots to stick it to plastic fabric. Not very successful the fibre optic stops working because of the tight bends.
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One sample with fibre optic cable threaded through plastic fabric, slightly more successful but still looses light with each bend.
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Sample 3 – Concrete

Sample with black colour added to half of it.
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Sample sprinkled with ferrous oxide.
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Sample 4 – Concrete with fibre optic

Concrete cast with a single fibre optic cable running through it. I was concerned that the concrete may damage the fibre optic cable but this worked well.
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Sample 5 – Concrete with fabric

Black coloured concrete poure into mold then I placed fabric in the Mold then poured undyed concrete on top. Really pleased with this sample.
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Detail
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Sample 6 – Resin with fabric

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Sample of resin cast in yoghurt pot which melted. Added dynaflow to resin to see if it would mix and add colour. I placed a dyed strip of wool to the pot.

Sample 7 – Resin casting

A simple shape cast in clear resin.
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