Sunday, June 21, 2009

Lost Hot Glue Casting of a Tree

This happended a while ago and I have since learned that the molten zinc is not hot enough to burn out the hot glue but I just ran into these old photos that I liked. I think the hot glue make these great shapes that are fairly organic. This hot glue tree was coated in plaster before the attempt. I think that maybe if I did a pre burn out in a oven this might eventually work as the glue melts at 400 degres but just does not vaporize like the foam does.


Long before there was pen that can draw in the air

11 comments:

  1. Omigod thas so creative, I'm going to make mini dogs out of hot glue, but this is AMAZING

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  2. This is so cool! I recently did some renovations to my house and had my artistic friend draw a large black tree on my wall about 6-7 feet high. I would LOVE a little statue of a tree like this in the room! So cool!

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  3. hello im amazed by this piece of art.
    When you say it was coated in plaster before did you make an outline shape of the tree out of plaster first, then used the glue gun over the top?

    many thanks
    Kelly

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  4. oh sorry I apologize for the unclarity. I made it in glue but after coating it in plaster was unable to cast it in metal.

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  5. ohmyy god, but how did you get it to melt horizontally, shouldnt the glue fall? imean,how do you make sure it drys that quickly .. hairdryer?

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  6. The trick is that the glue is not very hot when I push it out. The horizontal parts are from a low temp glue gun as it is still heating up.

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  7. When you say you were unable to cast it in metal do you mean that the hot glue doesnt burnout

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  8. correct i could not get a good burnout

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  9. Love your blog! Nice to see such crazy creativity and a take-no-prisoners willingness to try anything. I mentioned your lost-glue casting in my blog today, and put a photo of your tree (with full credit, of course). You can see it here, if you're interested: http://elephantaday.blogspot.com/2012/02/elephant-no-130-glue-gun-sculpture.html

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  10. This is amazing! So creative! Sorry for my uncreativeness, but did you use any wire inside or is it literally just glue? Is it all With a glue gun that isn't on maximum temperature? Did you just start from the bottom and work your way up? It's so cool!

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  11. If you try it again, run it through a burn out kiln. If you can, you can try to blow air through it to get rid of any residual ash.

    Make sure it is gated right with a vent, and it should work great.

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