A bit of progress on this model today.
I’m pleased to report that this recently completed model now has a “sponsor”, and a mold will be made in about a week for this so the client will be able to receive his cast.
Also, the semi-discontinued lion 3886 may also come back again shortly.
It was never a big seller, so when the mold tore I never replaced it and decided to just shelve replacing it till some later date, because each mold costs an average of $300 for the materials, and most of a day labor to build. For me to spend that money and time on a mold it needs to be for a design that sells, or has at least a couple of interested parties with firm orders at hand. Otherwise the mold just sits around taking up space, and they do have a shelf life for the rubber part of them too.
With a previous client perhaps wanting 3 more now, the mold would be good to replace at this point to cast those.
Now that the other model is hollowed out and taken off my easel and laid flat on strips of styrofoam to dry out, I’ll be doing this model next, same size as the first.
I like the slight curving effect, as it reinforces the figure’s exerting pressure upward which is causing movement as evidenced by the vertical lines bending outward, and the horizontal upper section being bent upwards. This one will be #D-9
I pretty much finished this model (18×24″) today, except for minor surface cleanup.
For those wondering about the clay I use, this is water based raku clay which I find extremely stable and has absolutely no tendency to warp or crack even in very thick slabs and pieces such as I work with.
This is approximately 2-1/2″ thick, 18×24″ moist, when dried it will probably wind up around 17 x 22-1/2″ or a little smaller. I do not as of yet own a kiln, so these are not fired, but are used for master patterns to take silicone molds from.
For the most part I am able to pull the mold and the greenware model almost always stays nearly intact- leaving open the option to fire it later to keep.
This is the first of a planned 3 panel set.
The one foot and part of the lower leg to it are all that need to be finished now, with the rest of the model only needing some additional refinement and cleaning up which is done as the clay begins to firm up during the drying-out process.