Monday, February 13, 2012

Tree of life molds depart for the foundry, The Heron progresses and The Brave Little Titmouse

The Tree of Life Molds are completed, now they need to be readied for their trip to the foundry.
Don puts the large mold section of the main tree trunk and branches together.

Each mold section is then wrapped in plastic to ensure they don't bounce apart in transit.

The leaf molds are then wrapped in discarded carpet padding we obtained from Fashion Floors in Ekron, KY. The shelf above is for the big tree mold to keep its weight from crushing the molds of the leaves.

R & L Trucking is then scheduled to pick up the crate.

Meanwhile, back at the Heron...

I roll out a cylinder of clay to make the toes of the Heron.

I pinch it with my fingers to make the clay and joints. Right now I am just roughing in the feet to check for proportion. I will come back and further define the toes.

I set the toes in place. I will check from different angles to make sure the feel is right.

In an earlier post I had feather sections to exaggerated, I decided to tone it down, making the general shape of the wing and then subtly cutting in where the feathers are. Right now I am just marking the feathers. I will come back carve the sections back.

I had the beak of the heron to wide at its base, I am cutting it back with a wood carving knife.

I have roughed in the plants and check the silhouette. I will play with the arrangement of the leaves, I am happy with the heron. I have removed the feathers on its head for the time being, I still need to work those out to my liking.

While feeding birds the other day I thought I would put some sunflower seeds in the Sea Lions mouth, just to see how long it would take for the birds to pick up on it. It took a couple of hours but then they realize - "Hey, there's seed in there." This is a Titmouse. It looks into the jaws of the predator....

and bravely sticks in his head!


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