How to cast bronze with the lost wax technique

Follow along as Davis Fandino interviews Brett Barney, owner of American Fine Arts Foundry, about how they cast bronze sculptures using the “lost-wax process”. In this particular case, the sculpture is a bust of the founder of Stan Winston School, the late Stan Winston. After the sculpture has been worked on by professional artisans, the result is simply stunning and clearly shows the potential beauty of bronze. The patina in itself is a natural work of art!

Mechanical programming

While not focused on how to build devices, these videos show how calculations and logic circuits can be made from purely mechanical parts. In this demonstration, Matt Parker from standupmaths and Numberphile, uses dominoes, but this technique could easily be transferred to levers, cogs and many other mechanical pieces. While electronics does make for a much faster, smaller and easier calculator/computer, we still find this mechanical way of making a processing unit very fascinating and it might fascinate you too, if you are as much a fan of mechanics as we are.

Make any liquid into spheres

Do you think cooking is the same today as a couple of decades ago? Just new combinations of the same old ingredients? Then you haven’t studied the frontier of modernistic cuisine! There are many new scientific approaches to cooking now a days, and one of them is called “Reverse Spherification”. By using sodium alginate ( which come from seaweeds ) and calcium lactate gluconate ( salt of calcium ) you can make any liquids into spheres that will burst open with flavors in your mouth. How about yuzu spheres, carbonated mojito spheres, pear elderflower spheres, spherical yogurt, spherical mozzarella, or even spherical olives, only your fantasy sets the limits. So watch this video tutorial from Molecular Gastronomy and take your first step into high tech cooking!

Clone your teeth!

In special FX, actors teeth often has to look different. It could be as simple as painting on discoloration or as complex as doing a scary set of false teeth, made to perfectly fit inside the actors mouth. This video deals with the latter. Mark Viniello from Stan Winston School demonstrates how a teeth mould and finally a cast of the teeth are made from sodium alginate and dental stone. This cast can then be used as a base when building up materials on it, to resemble the scary FX teeth. Sodium alginate is in general a very interesting material that can be used for many crafting projects, we doubt this is the last time you will see it mentioned on our site.

How to give your metallic object an old worn look

Whether you are making a cosplay costume, props, model figurines or anything else with a metallic look, you might want to scuff them up to make them look worn and old. This short video from Stan Winston School shows exactly how to do this in a cheap, simple and quick way that still gives you a very realistic effect. Isn’t it amazing how easy some things can be?