Saturday, June 13, 2015

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 208

This is what the water bucket looks like after seven months of vacation. Most of the water has evaporated. This is a good time to clean the bucket out. Click on any image to enlarge it.

I used a scoop made from a plastic yogurt container, cut in half. I scooped out the plaster from the bucket and put it in a plastic bag inside a bucket for support. This can be a messy job. The important thing to remember is: Never put plaster (dry, set, or wet) down the drain pipes !!!.

Plaster is made from the mineral gypsum, so I dug a hole in a corner of the backyard garden and poured the plaster into the hole. I squeezed as much plaster as I could from the plastic bag, then threw it away in the trash bin.

I filled in the hole with the dirt I dug out.

I rinsed the water bucket out in the backyard, then filled it halfway with clean water. This is the bucket I will use to wash plaster off my hands, tools, and mixing bowls after I have poured a mold piece. I also emptied the trash container and put a new plastic trash bag in it, with some newspaper in the bottom. Being prepared takes a lot of anxiety out of plaster mold making.

I transferred the oil clay build-up to the molding table.The molding table was so messy that I was too embarrassed to take a before snapshot of it. So yeah, today was spent doing a lot of cleaning. It isn't much fun, but it must be done from time to time. 

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