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Shiva: Step by Step

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Shiva: Step 1

The model, Steve, is placed in position.  Though his right hand will not be cast until later, he holds a rope so that the upper arm will be in the correct position.

Shiva: Step 2

Alginate impression material is carefully applied.

Shiva: Step 3

The entire torso and left hand are cast in this session.

Shiva: Step 4

Cotton is embedded into the wet alginate.

Shiva: Step 5

The excess cotton is removed.

Shiva: Step 6

Plaster gauze creates a shell or mother mold.

Shiva: Step 7

The mold is cast with three layers of Ultracal 30, a US Gypsum cement.

Shiva: Step 8

Steve’s right arm is cast in 360 degrees.

Shiva: Step 9

The mold is removed from his arm.

Shiva: Step 10

The forearm mold is cast with Ultracal 30 and a rod is embedded for attachment to the torso.

Shiva: Step 11

The process of alginate, cotton, and plaster gauze is repeated to cast Steve’s right and left arms again.  Note the wooden rod, which holds a place for a trident.

Shiva: Step 12

The right and left arms are cast in Ultracal 30 cement.

Shiva: Step 13

The three arms are fitted around the torso.  Where’s the head?

Shiva: Step 14

Ashlee, the artist’s daughter, will be the face of Shiva.

Shiva: Step 15

The model holds straws to facilitate breathing during the 12-minute process.

Shiva: Step 16

Alginate and cotton cover Ashlee’s face.

Shiva: Step 17

The excess cotton is removed.

Shiva: Step 18

Plaster gauze creates a mother mold.

Shiva: Step 19

The negative mold creates a 3D illusion.

Shiva: Step 20

Ashlee’s face is cast in gypsum and Ultacal 30

Shiva: Step 21

The face is fitted to the sculpture.

Shiva: Completed

The finished statue of “Shiva the Destroyer.”

Shiva: On Display

Ashlee mugs for the camera at the opening of Hitchcock’s exhibition “MYTH.”