Liquid marble

LIQUID MARBLE

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I made a first with the objective to understand the material and casting technique.

steps:

  • Mix the following ingredients to have the composite
    Recipe: 100 g Marbelcast – 25 g water + natural color
  • I prepare the plaster mold by laser cutting Lycra fabric.
    Is important that the fabric used is not transparent and with the good elastic property.
  •  Stitched the plaster mold, along all the edges being careful to don’t leave any holds.
  • Once the mold is closed, fill up the plaster with the liquid marble by a syringe.

 

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Problem: The plaster presented some hols along the edges,  which has been close by tape. This mistake made the pouring less controlled.
Notes: The final result is a visually soft sculpture!!

 


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Embroidery machine
I prepare the plaster mold by stitching together two fabric layers on the embroidery machine.

  • Open the software and launch the Studio clicking “launch studio plug-in”
  • Import the image JPEG
  • Clicking the “magic pen” on the left bottom is possible to select the type of embroidery. In my case, I choose the first one to obtain just the outline.
  • In a Tab on the left select the thickness. (200 mm -200mm) and pin “Add similarly”
  • Right-click on the image and select “Generate stitch”
  • Once finished click the upper button with the zigzag stitch on it.
  • Click the “Hoop” and save it. (Janome file)

With material you need?

  • Lycra fabric.Is important that the fabric is elastic and not transpired.
  • Fabric paper. The paper will be placed on the bottom, and it needs to make the fabric stiff during the embroidery. If the Fabric use is already stiff, the fabric paper is not necessary.

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  • Once the stitch is finished, remove the fabric paper.
  • Prepare the composite.
    Recipe: 100 g Marbelcast – 25 g water + natural color

    • Mix the following ingredients, adding the colorant.

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  • Fill up the Fabric mold using a syringe.
    Is important to do this operation very quickly. The liquid marble starts to dry after few minutes.
  • Close the mold with a pint and let it dry. In my case, I placed it on top of a cup to give it a wavy shape.

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  • Once the marble is completely dry, start to open and fabric.
    This step takes time and patience. 🙂

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