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BeezleBug Mugs (Pg. 14: New Cup/Mug)
BeezleBug
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Posted: 2009-12-09 4:54 pm   Permalink

PDrake - Sure, I'd be up for a drink at the Brew Pub sometime...maybe even Frankie's...
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Posted: 2009-12-09 5:07 pm   Permalink

Hey looking Great Beezle! Wow!

I wanta come for a drink too...


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-12-09 5:24 pm   Permalink

I made my last few molds with foam board and duct tape I didn't even line it with foil, it comes off fine. (even if a little paper stays on the plaster, it comes off when everything is dry)

 
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BeezleBug
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Posted: 2009-12-09 6:29 pm   Permalink

Ah - that's good to know about the foamcore... I used fancy-pants gaffer's tape instead of duct tape...

 
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pdrake
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Posted: 2009-12-09 6:43 pm   Permalink

i use hot glue and foamcore. well, that's for silicone molds. might not work for plaster, i guess it should.
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GROG
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Posted: 2009-12-10 10:41 am   Permalink

GROG used foamcore and hot glue, and it worked out fine on GROG's plaster molds. No aluminum foil.
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-12-10 11:20 am   Permalink

I'm sure you guys don't need any mold making tips from me, but I used foamcore so I could fold it down out of my way to work



It allows me to work the clay around my wax master without the form in the way. I fold the flaps up, tape it together, and use clay to seal the corners.


Then I throw a shoe in the washing machine and use it on the spin cycle as a vibration table to get the bubbles out of the plaster


 
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BeezleBug
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Posted: 2009-12-10 9:17 pm   Permalink

Ha - we have that same exact washing machine... I haven't worried to much about the bubbles - they never seem to appear anyplace bad...

 
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Posted: 2009-12-12 12:00 pm   Permalink

A few more steps on the Solomon mold...



I know it looks like the mold of a mad man, but I have a plan (insert eveil laugh here).
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Posted: 2009-12-15 1:51 pm   Permalink

Final Solomon mold making steps...



Here are all the parts laid out. 19 of 'em...



Since there are so many little pieces for the face, hands, and bird, I cast an outside wall so the pieces had something to lock into. The wall is on the left below. The loosely assembled face is on the right. There are definitely a few part lines that will have to be removed, but at least I didn't have to alter my sculpt for the mold.



Here's the assembled mold. As soon as it dries out, I'll pour some slip...


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Tobor64
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Posted: 2009-12-15 2:21 pm   Permalink

Wow! That is one elaborate mold. Thanks for the pics of your progress on this & I hope to see more.

 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2009-12-15 5:34 pm   Permalink

HOLY CRAP!!!! 19 pieces! You da mold MASTER!!!

 
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GROG
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Posted: 2009-12-15 5:40 pm   Permalink

http://www.toxic-black-mold-info.com/moldsigns.htm

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BeezleBug
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Posted: 2009-12-15 9:37 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the informative link! I guess I have a real problem if the mold starts spreading to other parts of the house. Right now, it's contained to the garage sink and my little mug-making station in the Rumpus Room. (Hmmm, is that plaster I smell?)

 
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BeezleBug
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Posted: 2009-12-20 11:19 pm   Permalink

Here's Solomon #1 fresh out of the mold. The poor guy looks like Frankenstein. The hardest part was figuring out how to take apart the mold without inducing stress fractures. Nevertheless, he survived pretty well. Now that I know the order of events, the next one should be easier.



Here he is cleaned up:



I wanted to give him a chiseled, slightly irregular look, so I added a bunch of tiny tool marks...



I think I'll pour one more before bisque firing. I'm also going to do some glaze tests this time so I won't be surprised by the final colors.
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