So far, now that I’m using an actual sulfur-free clay, the differences in the mold making process seem minimal. The first half of the mold didn’t come out sticky when I removed the clay, but even with mold release applied the second half stuck and I had to cut the mold apart. I’m still hopeful that when I get answers back from the Smooth-On people I’ll learn some new techniques to apply.
There are 2 saving graces for this Hawk Lighter Case:
- I sculpted it 3 years ago and it’s the thickest lighter cases I’ve made. This allows more room for error in the mold making and casting processes.
- There aren’t many undercuts in this piece which means less opportunities for bubbles to get caught. In turn, this means less imperfections to fix in the cast pieces.
I’ve also made a few alterations to the mold in an effort to simplify and improve what I can control:
- I’ve made a 2-part mold instead of a 3-part mold.
- Compared to the molds I’ve made before, this one is upside-down, which solves some of the structural issues I’ve dealt with in the past.
Only by making a few more casts will I be able to truly say whether or not the changes I’ve made are, in fact, improvements. You can be sure there will be updates.
Now for something completely different:
I’ve been adding posts to this Blog every weekday. I’ve been doing this because if I were a reader here, it’s what I would want to see. The reality of the situation is that it can’t continue – the house, the baby, sculpting, designing, posting, editing, adding content, troubleshooting, researching, and a couple hours sleep. I’ve considered keeping my current schedule and doing much shorter posts, but all that does is replace quality with quantity and that’s absolutely not what I’m about. So, in an effort to keep from compromising my original plan for this site and my duties as Mr. Mom, I’m going to do 2 posts a week – Tuesday and Thursday.
If you have any thoughts or minions to help streamline my schedule, send’em over, thanks.