Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mold work on two sculptures for an upcoming show

Steve McMillen helps us do the molds; he is taping the shims which will create the partline of the mold. The angel will be a three part mold, poured in plaster with a faux patina. A potential owner will then be able to tell what she will look like in bronze. She will be part of a monument show at Craig Kaviar's Gallery in Louisville,KY. At this point, she has two layers of Polygel 40 and will get 4 more .

This is 'Flight', with shims attached. The plastic shims (available from sculpture Depot in Loveland, Colorado) are coated with Trewax, which acts as a resist, to keep the mold material from adhering to it.

Polyfill is mixed to the polygel 40 for a stiffer, stickier consistency, which will hold the shims. Then, the pins can be removed.

Here is the angel with the shims attached, ready for the next 4 coats of polygel 40.

Flight, with 6 layers of mold material and ready for plaster.

The angel is covered with plaster; this is called a mother mold. While the polygel will capture even the finest of details, it is quite flexible. The plaster acts to support the flexible rubber mold during casting, to maintain the general shape of the sculpture.

Flight gets a plaster shell first on one side. Then, it will turned over and plaster applied to the other side.

This is a cup of Polygel 40 part A.

Yesterday, I met my sisters and my niece and nephew, in French Lick, Indiana, for a wild west train ride. The train is robbed by men on horseback, but the sheriff (seen above) rides in to save the day. My sister Phyllis is on the left, next to her is her friend Pat. My niece, Beth, holds the shotgun. My other sister, Beth's mother, elected not to be in the photo....

We had lunch afterwards, in the restaurant of the French Lick Resort. These are embellishments on one of the ceilings.


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