Casting from an original carving

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Blog series by Jordan updated 07-30-2012 02:10 AM 9 parts 36646 reads 150 comments total

Part 1: Would anyone like to follow along?

01-30-2012 11:26 PM by Jordan | 20 comments »

Years ago I showed you the molding and casting process of a roof bear. Many newbies have since joined and I am wondering if anyone would like to follow the molding and casting process of my carved gourd from it’s present to the bronze foundry? If not, that’s okay but it has started now so I just thought I’d ask for some of you who wrote to me saying you were entering the same world of casting from your originals. This series will also be on my Facebook page for any...

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Part 2: Rubber mold inside the vessel

01-31-2012 01:01 AM by Jordan | 14 comments »

Here is the carved gourd with 3 coats of rubber on the inside – I will need 4 but it can be turned upside down to drizzle rather than having to smooth it with my hand like the first 3 – and let me tell ya, I was up to my elbows in rubber – so much so that I actually had to shave my arm to get the silicone balls off the hair! Each coat has to be a different colour so you know you’ve covered all areas. It is a brush on rubber however it still remains kind of soft and ...

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Part 3: Rubber mold outside the vessel

01-31-2012 08:57 PM by Jordan | 15 comments »

This is the FIRST coat of 4 rubbers coat of the outside of the gourd. The first coat must be thin so you can brush into all of the crevices and undercuts. Periodically a bubble will appear and you must pop it with a pin as that will indicate that the area under the bubble has not received any rubber. If you notice, I have put a putty border around the bottom as the rubber that drops into the bottom area will act as a type of flange when I pour my casting material from the bottom –...

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Part 4: Creating the Mother Mold - part 1(brainstrain for you)

01-31-2012 10:33 PM by Jordan | 16 comments »

Wow, I never would’ve thought you guys were so interested and some of you are biting at the bullet to see the progress. Okay then, for those of you NOT familiar with molding, here’s something for you to really think about until you see exactly how it happens on tomorrow’s blog. Here is the quandry I faced prior to doing this and because it is a vessel, it is not a typical how-to video you might catch on Youtube. Firstly, the entire inside and outside texture is what...

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Part 5: Constructing a mother mold - Part 1a

02-01-2012 10:49 PM by Jordan | 11 comments »

Today I am isolating a section for the mother mold – also called master mold but what a mother of a job it is!!!! Imagine if I just pulled the rubber from the piece now, how would I keep it stable enough to pour something into? Thus the mother mold. (Please note: this is my method and by supplying this information, I do not wish to infringe upon styles used by others.) What you must first remember is that it is made of a heavy non flexible material – I use plastic some use p...

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Part 6: Constructing the mother mold part 1b

02-02-2012 07:03 PM by Jordan | 7 comments »

Okay, now you’ve seen the front of the gourd with the plastic mother mold on it. The back now looks the same and butts up to the flange. So if I wrapped a belt around it, nothing would move out of alignment. It follows every bump and curve of the outside rubber so I know where to put it back on each time. But what about the inside? If I removed the rubber, it would just flop around and I don’t want it to move out of alignment either. I will also add to this page as it pr...

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Part 7: Breaking the mold

02-03-2012 08:32 PM by Jordan | 8 comments »

Yes, yes, I know I have, LOL. I can tell you now that as of Monday, I never thought this week would end! My stubbly haired arms are burned from acetone(and shaving, haha), I have dried plastic stuck to them and many silicone balls hide in corners of the house. However I’m hoping that my efforts will make further castings a breeze. You can help my by crossing your fingers that I have indeed applied enough mold release or I’ll be asking one of you for a chainsaw to help me ...

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Part 8: Pouring the casting material - the end

02-04-2012 07:06 AM by Jordan | 29 comments »

You seriously didn’t think I could wait until tomorrow did you? Yep, I got busy right after dinner and just had to see if all of this work paid off and I could indeed pour some wax tomorrow. Prior to setting the pieces all together, I sprinkled powder onto the design surface of the rubber mold and gave it a good shake. For those of you who don’t know, this is called powder coating. The reason I do this is because after resin is poured, it gives off a shine that is hard to pa...

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Part 9: The bronze

07-30-2012 02:09 AM by Jordan | 30 comments »

It’s been awhile friends, but a pleasant note from Kiefer reminded me of my ole family.I apologize for my absence but as I mentioned before, I am pretty well into carving gourds full time and actually making my living at it now. I even have my gourds on the front and back of a magazine publication, which is certainly an honour for me. But still, I feel that gourds are an odd item to include with the glorious and painstaking(I know) wood items posted here. However, I just wante...

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