I had a rough go on this first cast pour. The resin sets up in about 3 minutes after mixing. I had put the molds in the microwave for a minute and I forgot I had copper wires holding things together. Copper and microwaves are an interesting mix. Luckily the smoke and burning smell subsided rather quickly. I inserted bolts into the molds so that threads would be cast into the part. I started to pour the resin and it began seeping out the holes where I had the bolts. I should have sealed up the ends. In my haste to seal the ends with clay, the resin set up and this session was officially over.

After 10 minutes I pulled out the parts I did get poured. Only one part was a success – the knee cap. The upper elbow joint was almost good, so that gave me hope that another try would probably yield good results. After work today I will try again.

By Cody Deegan

Cody Deegan is a life-long artist versed in drawing, painting, sculpting, and design. He studied filmmaking and character animation at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles as well as figurative oil painting at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle.

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