It’s coming down to the final hours… I hate when this happens. We knew a kink would rear it’s head in this process,but who knew it’d be rolled in a riddle. I’m making a mold of the Owl now, and the cure time is 5 hours.
Five hours for the new stuff I’m trying: Smooth-On, Dragonskin 10 Medium. That’s right… I found it at my local art store and was curious to check it out. This Zippo case was not on the agenda, so in using what I’ve got, I’m faced with a 5 hour dry time. It’s supposed to be a very stretchy “high performance” silicone rubber, so I’m considering trying this Owl case as a 2 part mold (easier, MAYBE). Last time, I spent an absurd amount of time creating barriers to make a 3-part-molds only to have the separate sections congeal into one chunk.
I’m wondering if I should risk destroying ANOTHER original by trying to remove the lighter case from the 2-part-mold? Wondering if I should just cut the mold in half, creating a 3-part-mold anyhow?
I’m wondering an awful lot this late in the process… ultimately my 5 hours “cure time” will be over and I will pour part 2, then I’ll have another 5 hours to think about it. So for now I’ve gotta stay on task to get this baby out and painted.
Oh, that’s right, the baby… yea, I love being here for him, but there are certain things that just can’t be don’t while it’s “your turn” with the baby. We don’t really have “turns” but it is my turn for a larger portion of tomorrow while mommy gets her work done. Oh, I’ll be able to prep with him and according to the total hours left, I have enough time… just barely, but it’s still enough.
Since last post, I finished the feathers on the head and added talons. I went back and tweaked little things all over fine tuning until I was happy with the look of it all. One of the areas that needed the most adjustments was around the face, where the wispy downy feathers met the thicker feathers.
I left the eyes for last mostly to mull over how I was going to create the look. Most eyes I’ve done have been simply painted on, but I knew the eyes of an owl are a total focal point, so in this instance I sculpted the pupils in.
If you had a chance to read my first walk-through on this process I believe you’ll see some similarities and some differences. As you can see above, I’ve prepared two metal Zippo cases so that I can slip the custom case over it, set a handy-dandy cereal box cardboard containing wall around it, pour the rubber in…AND WAIT 5 HOURS!
It looks like you may have to wait till next week for the conclusion to this exciting episode!