My 1st attempt using the mode of material latex for my sculpture project. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find my photos for the process that I had done. Dried the cured ham then pour the latex which mixed with coffee bean onto it. Leave it and wait till it dried. But when it dried I peeled the latex from the plastic holder the side of the latex break apart and I had to redo it again and sew the ham joined together at the center. I love the soft, skin latex lookalike after effect. It also show the lines and curves on the ham covered by the latex. I quite love this method but unfortunately, my cat simply love the smell of the ham and wanted to eat the latex ham which give me another problem of how to get rid of the smell and prevent the meat rotten.
I love this piece but as you can see from the photo that there are lot of black spots on the ham that was the meat getting rotten but on the latex I can simply see the lines and curves of the meat clearly display.
After 4 weeks later, the meat turned into darker color but no rotten smell come out of the meat. I sew the latex piece onto a fabric.
Next I used wax to cover the ham. this process was not successful, the wax break apart once it was dry . Mode of material – wax is ruled out.
Dried the cured ham and used resin to cover it and left it to dry. It was not a successful testing again. Once the resin harden, it was a piece of plastic coated the ham in between. So Mode of materials – resin is out.
The last mode of method was using latex to coat the ham and apply a layer of wood varnish onto it. When it dried, I have a totally darken latex which can’t see the ham or the lines or curves on it. I feel so helpless at this stage as all the methods which I have tried are not to my satisfaction and it will take about 1 month to marinate the meat so that it will not decay and also to get rid of the scent of the meat.