6 Tips for Planning Your Special Event

524384551-56a2b3625f9b58b7d0cd876bWhether you’re planning a wedding or an office party, it’s important to know how to make the most of your time and resources. Follow these tips to make the planning process less of a hassle as you get ready for the big day.

Know Your Budget

Your budget is the first thing to consider when planning your event. Draw up a detailed budget for food, transportation, entertainment, reservations, and anything else you plan to include. You can look online to get an idea of approximate prices or call ahead to ask for detailed estimates from companies in your area. Remember to set a little aside for last-minute emergencies in case something doesn’t go exactly as planned.

Hire an Event Planner

If it fits into your budget, hiring an event planner is one of the best ways to make sure your event goes smoothly. Your event planner should know the ins and outs of your location and work with you (and your budget) to make sure you have everything you need. He or she will coordinate with the other

Using the Einstein Technique to Boost Your Artistic Creativity

downloadAlbert Einstein was once asked how many feet are in a mile. Einstein’s reply was “I don’t know. Why should I fill my brain with facts I can find in two minutes in any standard reference book? In fact in today’s Google era, answers are far faster than that. Type in the question and the answer is delivered at the speed of light; a concept that would have tickled Einstein in an ironic way. Einstein certainly had a unique way of looking at the world, by removing extraneous matters and then to reduce complicated concepts into their component parts making them easier to understand.

Think about his formula, E=MC2. Many can recite it, but few know its significance. This simple formula distilled from a highly diverse, and seemingly unrelated systems proves that mass and energy are related. But more importantly it also answers the question of how much energy is created when mass is converted into it. The elegance by which the formula ties together three seemingly disparate parts of nature, energy, the speed of light and mass, is profound in its simplicity. Yet Einstein never knew how long

Various Timelines in Mold Making and Casting

b097cc38ab56401d463029e2069f56afThere are a lot of basic things that beginners need to know about working with mold making and casting materials like alginate, clay, plaster, polyurethane resin, silicone rubber, liquid latex rubber and thermoset mold rubber.

Pot time (or Pot Life) and cure time are routinely mentioned by mold makers and this determines everything from the quantity of a mold making or casting material that mold maker will mix in one go, to the amount of time it will take for the mold or cast to be complete and ready.

Let’s look at some of these terms:

Pot time – Also known as pot life, gel time or working time, this is the amount of time you have to work with the product after it is mixed until it starts to set. After this, the material will start getting viscous and cannot be applied properly. The working time varies widely for different materials – some may need to be used within minutes, whereas some may give you a window of even up to an hour. Therefore, you should only mix

The Art of the Life Casting

Life casting or body casting as some like to call it continues to be a controversial topic within most art circles. Many in the art world feel that it is far from an art form since it is just someone copying the body requiring no artistic skill whatsoever. So what is body casting to those artists and sculptors who engage in it? Is it just a substitute for artistic talent? That is what this brief article will attempt to answer.

To begin, one might as well ask what photography is as it is somewhat analogous. A short answer is that it is a method of reproducing an exact likeness of a three-dimensional object in two dimensions. That definitely is a technical answer, but far from an adequate one. When photography first emerged in the 1800’s, there were just as many critics deriding this new art over the great talents of traditional painters and sculptors. Yet today, few would doubt the artistic skills of such renowned photographers as Ansell Adams, Annie Liebovitz and Robert Cappa to name just a few greats. They have taken the mechanical craft of photography, added their own style and perspective, and created high

How to Shrink or Enlarge a Casting – Part 1 of 3


This is a three-part article on how to enlarge (also called pointing up) and alternatively, how to shrink the size of castings without the use of laser scanning, CAD/CAM and computer operated CNC machinery. The procedures for both are much simpler than one would imagine and avoids the cost and the complexity of high-tech equipment. This knowledge comes in handy for many mold making and casting projects and artistic commissions, saving the time and aggravation of re-sculpting a model to a needed size.

Two Ways to Enlarge a Casting

There are two ways to enlarge a casting. The first is to enlarge the mold before the casting in created. While the second method is to enlarge the casting after the mold has been made. Both methods of enlargement, if properly done will yield a finished casting in correct proportion and detail as its original. Each method depends on a different material. To enlarge the mold, the material used is known as addition-cured silicone. To enlarge the casting the material used is a specially formulated polyurethane rubber.

Method One – Enlarge the Mold

We begin with instructions on how to enlarge the mold

Versatility of Plaster in Mold Making and Casting

Plaster is one of the most commonly used casting materials as it is quite cheap, versatile, readily available, and user-friendly.. Once you start working with plaster, you will realize that it is easy to mix, sets quickly to a pleasant white color, can be sculpted and with proper pouring and application can yields few air bubbles in the cast. In fact, it suits almost all kinds of casting applications.

Little wonder then that plaster casting is especially popular among artists and life casters alike.

Plaster is manufactured as a dry powder and is mixed with water to form a paste or slurry The reaction with water creates heat through crystallization and the hydratedplaster then hardens. Let’s take a look at the role of plaster in regular mold making and casting works:

Life casting

While plaster cannot be used directly on the skin for making body molds, due to excessive heat during curing, the heat from the chemical reaction does not affect the casts in any way. In fact, you will find that most life casting artists favor plaster as the material of choice when making the final cast from the body molds. Plaster

How to Shrink or Enlarge a Casting – Part 2 of 3

This is the second part of a three-part article on how to enlarge (also called pointing up) and alternatively, how to shrink the size of a casting without the use of laser scanning, CAD/CAM and computer operated CNC machinery. The procedures for both are much simpler than one would imagine and avoids the cost and the complexity of high-tech equipment. The first part of this article described the steps on enlarging a casting by enlarging the mold. Part two provides an alternate method of casting enlargement by actually enlarging the casting, rather than the mold as previously described, in the first part in the enlargement process.

This second method of casting enlargement employs the use of a specially formulated flexible polyurethane rubber that when immersed in water expands proportionally over time to create the enlargement. Polyurethane formulations and water usually don’t mix. For example, in high humidity environments, cure times are adversely effected. If these formulations come in contact with moisture during curing, the surfaces that are in contact, will foam leaving an imperfect casting or mold. However, once cured polyurethane is then impervious to water.

But with this particular enlargement formulation, something different takes place.

Casting Under Pressure With Injection Molding

Mold making and casting is a fascinating activity which can take varied forms. From clay modeling to making simple one-part molds or the more complicated approach of two-part molds. In fact, mold makers even make multi-part molds at times to capture all facets and other details of the model. The procedure of making molds also varies from pouring the mold making material to spraying it or even brushing it on the model.

Apart from the regular blanket, glove and even shell type, another making and casting technique is injection molding. It is actually a simple procedure in which the casting material is forced into this under pressure!

Injection molding can be done in single or multi-part molds. Since it is favored for capturing minute details, generally complicated two-part molds feature in injection molding. Tiny holes (called sprues) are bored into the mold all along its surface. This is where the casting material will be injected into this.

The casting material like polyurethane resin is filled in a syringe and the large hypodermic needle is inserted into the mold sprues. Pressure is applied to ensure all cavities are filled. The procedure continues until the casting material

Types of Resins For Casting

Different types of resins are regularly used for making casts. Polyester, epoxy and polyurethanes may all be resins, but their properties vary greatly. Many people just end up getting confused about which resin is suitable for a particular purpose.

A detailed look at each class of resin can help clear the uncertainty:

Polyester resin – This is a viscous liquid that is well-resistant to heat, fire and chemicals. It is flexible, cheap and comes in a variety of colors. The excellent features of polyester resin are commonly used to make any porous material rigid and weather resistant – such as fiber glass, bottles, surfboards, skis, fishing rods, laminates and so on. It enjoys great usage in fabricating various parts of ships, aircraft and so on.

While it is quite easy to use, there are numerous other issues associated with polyester resin. It needs to be reinforced with fiber glass to make it mechanically strong. It tends to shrink unpredictably, turns yellow with age, can break easily and lets off a noxious odor. In fact, the user has to use safety gloves, goggles and a respirator to protect himself from the carcinogenic fumes. Proper ventilation is

Kits Available to Learn the Popular Art of Molding Making and Casting

Mold making and casting is an interesting and highly useful art with rewarding results. Indeed, the satisfaction of duplicating something from nothing with your own hands by producing an identical replica of a specimen is does not have to be difficult if use a mold making and casting kit.

Learning the skill of mold making takes practice as with any endeavor. Often the challenge to a beginner is a bit daunting. Since the art form offers such a wide variety of material, a newcomer is faced with multiple selection decisions. There is also the use of special tools and techniques to understand. So that the thought of assembling scores of materials, tools and supplies will often prevent any beginner from getting started.

The many material choices to consider include clays, plaster, polyurethane resin, silicone rubber, liquid latex rubber, alginate, cold casting powder, fibers, fillers, release agent, plaster bandages, paints, solvents, sealants and more. Accessories such as cups, mixing containers, mixers, brushes, knives, gloves and drop cloths all are required.

Getting started is not just about assembling all the required items in the art studio. The mold maker will also have the dilemma of how much

How to Dress for Interviews at Model Agencies

Your interview is when you set your first impression and more than just getting accepted into the agency, it’s also about the type of modeling jobs you will be awarded. So dress to impress and we are going to give you a few tips on how you can do so.

1. Simplicity is your Mantra.

Simple and presentable is all your clothes need to be. Why? Model agencies want to see your authentic look, which is akin to a canvas for an artist, for the agency. Fancy and elaborate dresses hide your original body look and figure. Stick to solid and preferably dark colors. Most importantly, be comfortable with what you are wearing. Something model agencies are good at telling from your body posture is that how tensed you are. Never show it out, be as relaxed as possible.

2. Avoid makeup, accessories or jewelry

It’s best to not have too much make-up on; just apply a very little amount of foundation or make-up to hide your pimples or some scars. Don’t be afraid of revealing them as agencies would much rather see your natural face than an overly made-up face. Also, you really

Hobby Or Profession?

Whenever I tell people that I am a sculptor they ask me if I can get an income out of it. Their second question is how I turned my hobby into my job. Another rather funny question is how I make time for this. I seldom think about that but occasionally I look at my work, at the amount and I just know how many hours I spend on each sculpture. This is what I do, my life’s ambition, my profession. I am a sculptor, I make sculptures. I devote my time and my life to this.

People never ask a professional athlete how much time his sport occupies or how he changed his hobby into his job. You just know that. He is a professional athlete so he already made that choice and will dedicate all his time to it. All his future decisions will be dependent on his choice to become a professional athlete. It is the reason for his doing or not doing certain things. And that choice can only be made after spending 10.000 hours practicing your sport to discover whether you’re talented enough. I once heard people say about Sven Kramer that

4 Things to Consider to Be a Fashion Model

The Haute Couture of modeling is a specific kind modeling that requires a great deal of commitment and passion.

Looks matter

Unlike commercial or advertisement modeling which accepts almost all kinds of models based on their relevance to the marketplace, fashion modeling is almost like an art form that has its own unique standard to meet. Usually a height of above 170cm, waist measurement of 35″-36″ and angular jaw, cheek and collar bones are expected. It is very rare for shorter models to be in fashion modeling, in which case only a very exceptional skin or look will be able to pass through. The sad truth is that either you’re born with it or you are not. There are many options in the modeling world, and not everyone is suited for everything.

Know the Best Modeling Market for You

Your look and style should also consider the market you want to be in. To fit in the demand in the types of high fashion you will be involved will mostly cater to an Asian or West market. The styles are not fixed to solely Asian, but incorporate many types of high fashion including Western

5 Things Every Model Must Know About Modeling Jobs

We list several important things a model should know about modeling jobs, which can prove to be useful for any aspiring Model.

Shoots are never as grand as photos

Modeling jobs can occur with complete irrelevance to the day’s weather (E.g. Thick coat in the Sun) as part of the client or photographer’s fashion design. Moreover, a model may have actually, may have to go through numerous outfit changes and must be willing to persevere through the process. Also, certain positions may be very uncomfortable and models may be required to hold the position for a significant amount of time. All these factors don’t make modeling a ride in the park, or a work for just a pretty face. A strong personality and attitude are fundamental attributes.


As a model, especially on an outdoor shoot, you would encounter more than one photographer. People from the public can be using their smartphone to take pictures of you. This becomes a problem when an unglamorous photo is taken and spread around. So make sure even after your photo shoot, you still carry yourself well in public.

Listen and cooperate

It is necessary to

Tips To Improve Your Book Reading Hobby

If you love burying yourself in books for hours, then you know how boredom, distraction and restlessness can ruin an otherwise good read. To be the best in reading, you must be ready and come up with ways of ensuring that you remain hooked to the reading to get the most from your hobby. With so many books available and tools such as e-readers that allow you to read your favorite book from your mobile device, you only need to make a few improvements to ensure that you get the most out of every book reading session.

Choose interesting topics – There is always a genre that works for an individual and you should find out what yours is. When you know what topics interest you the most, you will have an easier time choosing a book you are bound to remain interested in to the end.

Read because you want to read – The last thing you want to do is read just because everyone else around you is reading. A good reader is a person who reads for their own pleasures and therefore even the choice of a book should be guided by your

Beauty and Abomination

Last night I rode my bicycle through my beloved polder. When I left home the evening glow was colouring the sky and when I returned it was pitch dark. Now it is light again, a new day has begun.

What we see is restricted to what we discern. Our thoughts about the world we live in are always shaped by what we perceive. But also by what we want to see.

As I cycle through my cherished landscape, captivated by the beautiful shadows in the crimson sky somewhere in this world schoolgirls are still being held captive by Boko Haram. Not as women but as slaves. Tools instead of independent human beings. I see little cots swim after their parents, begging and at the same time women and girls in Greek refugee camps don’t dare visit the toilets because they are afraid of getting raped. While I watch a hare running before me in the dark my father is suffering pains. And while I am pleased to know my way at the end of my bike ride even though the road looks different in the dark, elsewhere in the city people are racking their brains over

How to Prepare for Model Casting

Awesome, you have just got your ticket to enter an exciting industry. However, your performance at Casting is pivotal in determining whether you get selected by the agency and paves the way for the subsequent opportunities you will acquire as a model.

1. Check and follow the requirements

Important details such as the timing of the casting call, what you need to bring, expected dress code and all the important details must be strictly followed to ease your casting process. It is very unlikely that you will attend an audition where there aren’t many others casting for the same opportunity, and the agency rarely has much time to waste. So being late or not bringing what is required will significantly slow down the process and cause you to wait much longer. Besides, that is the last first impression you want to create (Or the last impression you will make). Check the website to see what’s required for casting and call the agency and clarify directly.

2. Your overall look: Simple.

Your look is something you need spend some time thinking about. A model agency wants to see the raw talent and beauty you can

Questions To Ask When Hiring Film Production Companies

Are you in need of talents as well as help from experts for a film production project you are working on? If so, you won’t need to be combing the streets inviting prospects to audition. In fact, there are so many matters you will need to focus your time and energy aside from prospecting talents. This is something that you best leave in the more capable hands of production agencies.

When commissioning a video production, one of the most important decisions you will need to do correctly is choosing the best company to work with. This is because the success of your project will ultimately depend on how efficiently a company can deliver everything you require and how skilled are their staff is going to be.

In the surface, every video production company offers the same product. However, this is not necessarily the case because depending on the video, there will always be a variety of factors that will determine whether the production will be a success or not.

So how do you determine which film production company will suit your upcoming project? Before rushing to hire the first company you talk to, here is

How to Take Your Fashion Modeling Career to the Next Level

If you are reading this article, you probably are a model, who wants to step up your fashion modeling career to the next level. We have the answers, but it’s not going to be sweet and easy.

We list some of the most important lifestyle changes and steps to take if you are serious about succeeding in this industry (Warning: Not for the faint hearted).

Strict Dieting

This is the first and foremost lifestyle changes to make. The top models such as those from Victoria’ Secret put complete dedication into eating healthy. They do not eat processed food at least 95% of the time, and stick to whole, real foods with low-glycemic index. They strictly follow the diet of eating heavy (carbohydrate-rich diet) for breakfast followed by subsequently lesser quantities of food throughout the day.

Typically a breakfast consists of lean meat, eggs, oatmeal, assorted vegetables; the main target is to get complex carbs and proteins early on in the day. Lunch consists of mostly vegetables and light steamed meat, most importantly carbohydrates are consumed little to none. Dinner consists of vegetables and soups, with some healthy meat. Snacks throughout the day consist of

How to Become a Successful Female Fashion Model

It is a place rife with potential for scammers and criminals to take advantage of young and easily manipulated girls. In order to be successful, a model must take steps in the right direction and be aware of the common industry practices.

Choose the right agency

Fashion modeling is a specific skill set in areas such as Catalogs and Runway modeling, that an agency should not only specialize in but have experienced staff to coach and guide you. Choosing the right agency is half the battle won. The main indicators are that, a good agency won’t ask you to take nudes or sexually compromising photos, and it would have a good credible online platform and reputation. Hence, do your research and choose a legitimate and established agency. Also check with the agency how they can help you develop in the fashion modeling sector.

Make an impression that lasts

Submit good quality photographs to the agency when you are applying. Simple makeup, solid colored clothing and photo background, without any edits whatsoever is what you need to submit. Contrary to what most people think, agencies are not looking for a ready-made model, but rather a