If you’re into making molds and want to see a little about two of my new sculpture molds, continue reading this blog post…..
I’ve been missing writing on my blog! Glad to be back and sharing what I’m up to lately. BTW- Sometimes when I get really busy, I’ll find myself posting on my Facebook page rather than here on my blog. So if you click “like” on my Facebook page, you’ll get all my updates. For instance, here’s a recent album about my Orland Art show reception on Facebook.
My pregnancy sculpt received a lot of attention at the show, some expressing interest in her for OB/Gyn offices. Another inquiry came from a local hospital with a new pregnancy wing opening. The pregnant model for my sculpture actually had her baby at that hospital, although not in the new wing as it wasn’t completed at that point. It won’t open until September 2012. Sure would be neat, I think, to have Kristy’s Blossom in the hospital where the sculpture’s unborn little girl was born. In the past, I’ve had other interest in the sculpt as well, but couldn’t possibly sell her as she was given to my nephew and his wife (the model). Therefore, I decided to make a mold of her and go into bronze.
Rather than using the finished ceramic sculpture as a maquette and making a new one, I decided to make a mold of the original. Capturing the same energy by recreating it in clay would have been difficult. To me, she’s just fine, although not perfect, she has all the elements that make me happy and I don’t need her anatomy showing perfect muscle, fat and bone structure.
First challenge: The petals of the flower she’s sitting on curl quite a bit. How would I be able to get the mold rubber to release? Ended up bulking out the petals quite a bit on the underneath side with oil based clay.
Another challenge was the undercut below her belly. I had to bring her pants in the crotch area forward some and bulk out the petal and stem area of the small flower she’s holding. The mold released from this okay but my foundry tells me they will pour wax in the flower and stem separately and attach this to the full wax cast (otherwise the flower might break off when demolding). When pouring the full mold with wax, they’ll have oil based clay pressed in the small flower and stem so that no wax will go into it at that time. Then they’ll pour the flower/stem and attach.
Before starting the mold for Kristie’s Blossom, I started the mold of my small Beautiful Dreamer. The original mold was made by my foundry and got ruined, in part, due to the lady’s feet being included in the mold. They should have been cast separately which is what I did with this new mold. Also, I cut off her arm at the shoulder and cast that separately as well.
Her dress used to have a fine pressed fabric texture that could not be reproduced if (or I should say “when” ) there was an imperfection in the metal. With this new random texture, it makes life easier for my foundry because they can reproduce when needed with metal tools.
This little sculpture, the small Beautiful Dreamer, now has 7 molds! Here’s the list: Left hand, right hand, picture frame (aforementioned molds were in tact and okay so I didn’t have to make new molds of them), left arm, chaise leg, lady’s feet, and main sculpture. Poor foundry man that has a lot of metal chasing! The foundry cost for cast, finish and patina is only $200 less than the large Dreamer because she is the same amount of work but just a little less metal. I’m still glad that I worked hard to save this small size because she was my first bronze and holds a special place in my heart. Also, some people like miniatures, small treasures, I know I do!
You can see the damaged mold of the small Beautiful Dreamer above where the feet have ripped out of it! Hopefully my mold endures the tests of time and the rigors of foundry men pulling out wax casts (kind of like giving birth- be gentle please!).
Brought my two finished molds to the foundry. Finally got a chance to talk to the mold lady there and get some pointers on mold making. She said out of all her 30 years at the foundry, my molds rank up with maybe one other artist that made their own molds. A-1, “Beautiful,” and thumbs up she gave me. I felt so glad to hear that! I’ll share those mold tips on my next post. Edit: Finished Kristy’s Blossom bronze photos on this blog post.
Here’s a random pic of a sculpture that I liked seeing in Grassvalley, Ca. Pretty cool, huh? It’s a very big sculpture.
Thanks for your patience in following my blog and my not having posts for so long. I stand by my motto of not posting unless I really have something to share that’s informative or newsworthy on some level. We live in a world where people are bombarded with a glut of info on this information highway we call the internet. Just don’t want to bother you all unless I have some real stuff worth your time to view! Hope to see you on my Facebook page too!
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