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NOT TOO BAD

Everything was going great with preparing the molds for a new pour. I had 8 parts ready to be cast. The problem came after pouring the resin into the pelvis mold, which is my three-piece mold. The two-piece molds are all sandwiched between wood and none of them leak. Well the three-piece mold has seams on four sides instead of two. So even though I sandwiched it in-between wood, the resin began seeping out one of the other sides. There was no turning back, I already poured the resin in. So I poured all the other parts and got them into the pressure chamber. The pelvis was a mess and went in last. I probably should have just left it out. Three hours later I pulled the molds from the chamber, and the pelvis was missing most of it’s right side. Bummer, useless part. I knew however that I just needed to find a better way to secure all sides of the mold and then pour it again. If it wasn’t so late I would have done it tonight, but the air compressor is loud and everyone in the house was asleep. So that will be my plan for tomorrow.

All the other parts came out pretty good. I screwed in some of the bearings to see if they were going to bear the weight without losing position, and they sure-as-heck did! So I’m considering this pour a success.

I’m at the end of my silicone so I won’t be able to pour any more molds for awhile. Looks like I’ll need another gallon kit to finish molds for all the skeleton parts. That’s good news because I thought I was going to need two more gallons. I’m going to wait a little while before I order, gotta save up some cash for it. In the meantime I plan to sculpt the remaining parts in clay, clean up the parts I just poured, and maybe pour some more parts so I have duplicates. The resin has a shelf life so I need to use it up before it goes bad.

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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