Sunday, August 31, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 125




I cleaned up the mold table and oil-clay. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I started working on the plaster, trimming the bottom and corners. I also started removing oil-clay from the carving wax.






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Saturday, August 30, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 124




I unclamped the coddles and removed them, then I flipped the mold over and removed the supports. Click on any image to enlarge it.






Then I removed the oil-clay build-up.






Another view point.






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Friday, August 29, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 123




Today I poured the first piece of this plaster production mold. I used the arithmetic from Post Nº81. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Thursday, August 28, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 122




Today I fitted the coddles to the oil-clay build-up. I secured them with clamps and attached them to the mold-table with some oil-clay coils. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 121




Today I rolled out a slab of oil-clay for the socket end of the lower carving wax leg, and attached it to the oil-clay build-up. Click on any image to enlarge it.






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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 120




I want to make the plaster mold about 1.5 inches higher than the tallest point of the pattern. The top of the pattern is about 2.5 inches from the board. So my coddles will need to be at least 4 inches high. Click on any image to enlarge it.






The oil-clay build-up at the socket is about 1 inch high from the board. I can subtract that from 4 inches to get the height of the wall, which should be about 3 inches tall by 5 inches wide, by about 0.5 inches thick.






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Monday, August 25, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 119




Today I worked on the edges of the build-up. They started out looking more or less like this. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I tried to get them to look like this.



I used the straight edge of the wood supports from the previous mold to check the edges.




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Sunday, August 24, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 118




I worked on filling some gaps between the wood supports and the oil-clay. I do not want plaster leaking under the build-up before it sets. This is especially important because I use the mold-table vibrator when I pour the plaster. Click on any image to enlarge it.






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Saturday, August 23, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 117




I do not like to start making a plaster mold unless I know for certain that I have a large enough time block to do it without any interruptions. In the meantime, I can always find some more things to do to make the build-up flatter, smoother, and better. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Friday, August 22, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 116




I worked some more on the top of the build-up today. I did most of my work around the ball joint. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 114




I added some oil-clay to the ends of the supports for the build-up. Click on any image to enlarge it.






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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 113




I made the wood supports for the oil-clay build-up today. First of all I made a paper layout by tracing the bottom edge of the oil-clay build-up onto copier paper. I made sure to mark each side I and II. Then I transferred the paper layout to a piece of scrap wood. I cut out along the traced pencil line with a jig saw. Then I lightly sanded the edges to knock off the rough edges. Click on any image to enlarge it.






The new wood supports under the oil-clay build-up.






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Monday, August 18, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 112




I continue to work on the oil-clay build-up. Today I worked mostly around the ball joint. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Sunday, August 17, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 111




Today I started to do some detail work. What can I say? It takes time. Yeah, this is the daily, unglamorous slog through making the build-up for the plaster mold. I am using some old rolled-up socks to support the build-up while I am working on it. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Saturday, August 16, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 110




I continue to add oil-clay to the build-up. Click on any image to enlarge it.






Every bit of oil-clay I add to the build-up is one small step closer to getting it ready to pour plaster. Every day I hope that I will have more time to work on my doll. I try to do a little bit of work on my doll every day.






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Friday, August 15, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 109




Today I took the lower leg out of the build-up entirely because I had it in wrong. There I was, looking right at it, in my hands, and didn't see that I had it in wrong. So when I figured it out, I did something about it right away. I am glad I only had the lower leg tacked-in to the build-up at a few points. It wasn't difficult to get it out, or put it back in the right way. As far as I know, I'm now on the right track. Click on any image to enlarge it.






This is the bottom view. I tried the pieces of wood that I used to support the build-up for the other mold, but they didn't fit. I will have to make a couple of more for this build-up. I liked the way the wood supports worked in the last mold.






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Thursday, August 14, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 108




Today I continued working on the build-up. It must follow the parting line all the way around the pattern. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 107




I started to work on the oil-clay build-up today, tacking the lower leg in the middle of the cut-out with bits of oil-clay. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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