Tuesday, November 18, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 204




I continue to work on the oil-clay build-up around the upper leg. This is a work-in-progress snapshot of the bottom. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Monday, November 17, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 202




I believe I now have the parting line straightened out as well as I am able to do. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Saturday, November 15, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 201




The parting line is actually getting straighter. Click on the image to enlarge it.






This side needs a little more work.






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Friday, November 14, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 200




I am still working on getting the parting line straightened out. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 198




I was able to recover the oil-clay build-up that I made the other day. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 197




I changed my mind and decided to redo the parting line. This involves working with sandpaper, my wax pen, and the square with carbon paper taped to it. After some work, I used my calipers to make sure that the socket end was level. Click on the image to enlarge it.






I compared both sides of the socket and adjusted until both sides were the same.






This is the ball joint end of the leg, with a carbon paper parting line.






This is a side view.






This is the other side view.



The oil-clay build-up I was working on was too wild. I tried that method, and it just didn't work for me. It took me awhile to realize the obvious. That happens sometimes. I am very glad that I am doing the parting line over again.




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Monday, November 10, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 195




I worked some more on the oil-clay build-up around the upper leg. Click on any image to enlarge it.



I don't know about this idea. I may change my mind? I'm not so sure I like this way of doing it anymore.




I worked the front and the back, switching from one side to other.






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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Friday, November 7, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 193




I did some smoothing of the top surface of the oil-clay build-up and also added some oil-clay to the socket of the upper carving wax leg. Click on any image to enlarge it.






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Thursday, November 6, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 192




The oil-clay build-up fits over the carving wax upper leg pattern with about a 1/8th of an inch gap all around. I made this build-up somewhat thicker than I usually do. I've been thinking about how to work around the wild parting line. I think I will just follow the parting line, building up when it goes high, and carving away when it goes low. I also considered doing some work on the carving wax pattern, using the wax pen, then redrawing the parting line. Depending on how this comes out, I may still have to do that? I am figuring it out as I go along. I am bound to make some mistakes. If I do make a mistake, I can stop and fix it. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 190




I started rolling out the oil-clay build-up. It will be the right size when it is a little bit larger than the cardboard template. Then I will trim the excess to make it exactly the right size. Click on any image to enlarge it.






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Monday, November 3, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 189




I moved the finished mold to a corner of the studio near the furnace to dry. The other finished molds are drying nicely. So far, I have five of sixteen plaster molds finished. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I cleaned off the mold table and scrubbed it.






I finished working on the cardboard template. I drew a line down the center of the template, then measured from that center line to square the template. There is 1.5 inches all around the pattern.






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Sunday, November 2, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 188




I went ahead and made a cardboard template to cut out the oil-clay build-up when I make it. I make a dotted pencil line around the carving wax upper leg. Click on any image to enlarge it.






After connecting the dots, I draw another line about 1/8th of an inch wider, all around.






I cut out the template with a pair of scissors.






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Saturday, November 1, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 187




The parting line is not coming out quite as nice as it did on the other upper leg. I am going to have to study it in order to figure out what is going on. Click on any image to enlarge it.






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Friday, October 31, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 186




Happy Halloween !!!

The next plaster production mold will be for the other carving wax upper leg. This one has the same dimensions as the mold I just finished. The first thing I do is position the upper leg so I can draw a parting line around it. I have the leg on a board which is on a turntable, so I can rotate the leg while positioning it. A couple of pieces of oil-clay hold the leg in place, but also allow me to adjust it as needed. Click on any image to enlarge it.



Reference: 09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 149, 24 September 2014.




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Thursday, October 30, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 185




I start the spare carving process by laying out the spare on the plaster mold with a pencil. Click on any image to enlarge it.






 I use my paring knife to carve the large end and the small end of the spare, right up to the pencil lines.






Then I carve the spare from the middle out to the pencil lines.






I use the first carving as a template to layout the second half of the spare on the other mold piece.






 I carve the small and large ends of the spare, right up to the pencil lines.






Then I carve out the rest of the spare from the middle, out to the pencil lines.






The completed spare for this mold.






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