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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Betterway Books (November 15, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558701281
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558701281
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

The sequel to James's The Theater Props Handbook , this is the second book in the author's crafts trilogy. Properties master of the UCLA theater department, James provides concise, step-by-step instructions on molding and casting procedures using some 30 different materials from papier mache to the new rubber materials. Some 450 illustrations enhance the text. LJ' s reviewer called the previous volume "a marked improvement" over earlier efforts on the topic and an "extremely clear, comprehensive manual" for the professional and novice ( LJ 3/15/88). Be on the lookout for a third book on mask-making in the fall of 1990.
-Francine Fialkoff, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This book is a must have for every prop maker and those who want to learn prop making.
Rolando Gutierrez
Just a few examples- The book teaches you to make molds and then cast objects in wax; I applied this technique directly to my work with lost wax aluminum casting.
M. Alvarez
This book is chock full of information on the subject of molding and mold making out of some interesting materials.
Kenneth B Brewer Jr

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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel on February 6, 2001
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What do you want to know about molding and casting? It is probably in this book. How to work with Plaster, how to work with urethanes and resins. All about mold making, all about casting materials. From the simplest to the most complex. The book even explains how to do vacuum molding. I've just begun to do molding and casting and so far everything I've needed to know came right out of this book. And it is a lot of fun, too.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 2, 2001
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I purchased this book as a sculptor....and thought it might be too focused on theatrical uses. I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only did it apply to the art sculptor but that it was more descriptive than any sculpture books on the same processes. The photos and directions are very clear and informative. The author gives a list of sources for ordering materials and supplies( though there are now many more sources available since this was published).
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Tina Miller on December 27, 1999
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Until I found this book, I made every mistake possible in moldmaking. The illustrations and descriptions are perfect, and the many mediums covered make it the only book a moldmaker needs.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By C. Abrams on August 3, 2006
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Since there are few printed resources available on the topic, the book deserves credit for treatment of this increasingly popular approach to art- and propmaking. And to be fair, James does a pretty good job of it, covering a broad range of techniques and materials. However, as an instructional text the book leaves a great deal to be desired. The photos are of mediocre quality, often underexposed and composed in a way that poorly illustrates the step at hand. In addition, certain elements of the mechanics and process in moldmaking deserve diagrammatic illustration which are absent from the text (e.g., undercuts are not explained or taught clearly at all; choosing the way in which to split a mold into multiple parts is important and almost wholly neglected). As a university art instructor the book is a valuable source of information, but I will not offer it as a class manual; it's simply insufficient as a teaching guide.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 1998
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Clear and knowledgeable coverage of many aspects of mould-making and casting. Good safety information, and though now a few years old, still current. Any prop builder will be glad to own this book, whether a seasoned professional or someone just learning the trade.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2000
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Covers many different types of molding/casting materials and release agents depending on the job at hand. Good photographs that illustrate the step-by-step process. Has important detailed sections on safety and how to handle various chemicals. The author also includes a section on how to build a vacuum-form machine and a selection of vendors to contact to order materials discussed in the book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By michael joy (ChicagoMoldSchool.com) on February 3, 2003
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This book was an interesting read. They do show a wide variety of techniques that are used for the stage...but they only give you a small taste of the process...The vacuum forming section is good. Read this book to get an overview of some ideas... but know that most of the technology shown is past its prime. I know stagework is seen at a distance... but you will not be impressed with the craftsmanship of the projects. Heads up on some safety issues...they skip right over that. Oh my.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 2004
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My book is all dirty, and worn since its always around im my studio as I go about doing my molds and casts.
I used it all the time. Now not so much since I have memorized almost everything.
A must for anyone that want a book that is really practical with accurate information.
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