Coraline Button Eyes Makeup Part 1: Making Cores

This is the first video of the series taking a look at how the cores were made for the makeup.

It may seem that simply having a lifecast means that you can start cranking out appliances, but it is not as simple as that.

The plaster original is the master head, the one copy of the real thing.  Knack this one and you are buggered…no no, you’ll need to make a mould of this head so you can sculpt on a copy of the head.  What if you need three or four different makeups to be sculpted on the same face.  Or if you want some lightweight versions to stick appliances on for painting?

If you make a duplicate of a whole or part of something with a mind to sculpt on it then it is often known as a core becasue it will be the base shape onto which everything now happens.

Because you will be making a copy, you can also modify the shape slightly to make it better suited to the various moulding and casting processes.  That way you can include areas for keys, bolt holes or other enhancements.

If this does not seem too clear yet, it will make sense as the videos gradually reveal the complete story.

As always, I want to know what you think and how I can improve so please comment in the box below! Cheers.

Happy button-stitching!



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