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Aluminum and Plastic Pictures

Aluminum and Plastic Pictures

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Aluminum and Plastic Pictures

90 pages
59 minutes
Dec 6, 2018


If you are looking for something different in the way to make interesting pictures, here is a lead, using aluminum foil, casting resin, dye, and light. Turn your imagination loose, have some fun, and delight everyone, including yourself.

Dec 6, 2018

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Aluminum and Plastic Pictures - Wm. A. Jones

Aluminum and Plastic Pictures

Wm. A. Jones

Copyright © 2018 Wm. A. Jones

All rights reserved

First Edition

Page Publishing, Inc

New York, NY

First originally published by Page Publishing, Inc 2018

ISBN 978-1-64298-484-2 (Paperback)

ISBN 978-1-64298-485-9 (Digital)

Printed in the United States of America

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5


Iwould like to acknowledge the support and encouragement of Jim and Patty Evans, George Kee, Paul H. Gallagher, Cheryl Scheirber, and Iris Ingram.

All photos and text are by the author.

Wm. A. Jones

First Preface 1989

All aspects of making these pictures are covered by United States patent numbers 4,499,127; 4,500,571; and 4,551,286.

To produce these pictures in any quantity or by mass production is expressly forbidden except by contract.

This book does not in any way explain or teach drawing, form, or other aspects of composition. It describes the drawing necessary to accomplish these pictures, but not drawing as such. It is about using plastics and bright aluminum foil in an innovative way to create pictures.

These pictures when properly lit are very brilliant and attractive. Rendering these pictures requires some patience. This patience usually produces a brilliant gem, though.

Following these instructions will give you a nice picture; but if they stimulate your inspiration and imagination, that is wonderful.

Second Preface Written October 2017

Times have changed since this book was written, so I need to give you a couple of updates. I did not make this cover picture until recently. Not too long ago I found out that I could get just about as good a photo of an aluminum and plastic picture using my scanner as I could using my camera. Glare was difficult to handle when using my camera. The scanner photos are far from perfect but more convenient. So I set out to make a cover for this book. It had been some time since I handled any epoxy because I became allergic to it. If I get a little bit of epoxy on my fingers, my eyelids become enflamed. Gloves, mask, and ventilation help considerably, but I am careless. Be careful! Anyway, I ran down to the hobby shop to buy some epoxy for my cover. I could not find the brand I had used before. It was called Glaze Coat II, so I grabbed up something from the shelf at random. Took it home, tried to do what I had done before. It did not work. I had mixed in the cab-o-sil, mixed the resin and hardener, and set it out to cure. When I came back to it, it was a very opaque gray. What to do? I looked for a plastics store. The guy in the plastics store said that that is the way it works. It turns out that the resin I had grabbed up at random was meant primarily for casting, which will remain clear if there is nothing in it. Okay. So I remembered that what I had used before was used primarily for tabletops, bar countertops, and countertops. I mentioned that and they had some resin that was used primarily for such. I took some of that home, tried it, and it worked. So that is the kind you want to buy, the kind that is used for bar countertops, tabletops, etc. The brand that I used was called Ultra Glo. I do not know the difference in the two kinds of resin, but the kind for bar countertops is the kind you want.

While I was talking to this guy in the plastics store, I also mentioned that I had used polyester casting resin when I first began making these pictures but had switched to epoxy because the polyester always remained tacky unless it was baked. He showed me an additive for polyester that is supposed to cure that. I believe he said that it was some sort of wax. It is to be mixed into the polyester before the catalyst (methyl ethyl ketone peroxide) is mixed in. That means that there are three items to be added to the polyester before the catalyst to make it cure: cab-o-sil, dye, and this new wax additive. When you have what you want, add the catalyst and get to work on your picture. I have not used this additive. I am only passing on the information given to me by the person in the plastics store. Follow the directions.


Idiscovered the art of aluminum and plastic pictures while under the influence of LSD. I had practiced art for several years, and had received a small amount of recognition, there in Idaho.

Unlike reports in the newspapers, it never produced in me the undying belief that I was an orange, nor did it make me believe that I could fly from tall buildings or any other sensationalist stuff blabbed by establishment Drug Warriors, but it did produce hallucinations for me; I expect that that is about all it did for everyone else.

One evening, some friends and I were sitting in my car in a parking lot, waiting for my brother. We had taken some acid. While we were sitting there waiting, I was fooling with a foil gum wrapper when the streetlight came on. Its reflection in all the folds and wrinkles appeared as though

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