I finished sculpting the left arm and leg and was itching to start the new two-part molds. I picked up some more supplies this morning like a hot glue gun, some screws to create threads in the parts, and some clay and foam core to build new mold walls. Looking over my new parts, they looked a bit lumpy from all the clay being mashed around by my fingers while shaping them, but I was ready to bake them anyway. I didn’t think I was going to get them much better. I’m not a master sculptor by any means.

After letting them cool from being in the oven, all the parts were nice and firm. Just to see if it would make a difference, I started sanding one of the parts. Within a few minutes, most of the lumpiness was gone and the part looked really good. I felt like maybe I was a decent sculptor after all. Sanding made a world of difference.

I got all the parts sanded and cleaned up and retrieved my large matte board cutter. I measured out and cut some foam core pieces so I could construct a box for pouring in the first mold. I have since learned a handy-dandy math formula for calculating how much silicone will be needed based on the size of the box. I ran my calculations and immediately realized I didn’t have enough silicone on hand, so I won’t be pouring any molds for awhile. I almost ordered a gallon of the stuff, but it’s almost $200. I thought I’d better sleep on it and do some more calculations, because I want to make sure a gallon will be enough to make all the parts of the skeleton.

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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