Thursday, February 5, 2009
It looks like adjusting the mold soap recipe solved my inside leg problems. This is the front gusset from one of the new molds right after I pulled a casting from it, and it's perfectly clean. It really made a difference in how easy it was to demold the piece.
My only regret is that I will probably never hear the end of the fact that what messed me up was actually reading the instructions on the soap container. My husband doesn't need that kind of encouragement!
The other mold is a day behind, so I probably won't pour into it until tomorrow. It is the one I sealed with wax resist. I'm interested to see if both sealants work, or if one is better. At this point it's hard to imagine a mold working better than this one, though.
And the two Imp molds dried in record time, probably because it has been so cold here this last week. My studio sits right over the heater, so when is cold enough that the heater stays on a lot, the air in the room tends to get really dry. It sure is helpful when I am waiting for molds to cure.
The molds weren't the only things benefiting from the cold weather. My dog, Emma, is young enough (and here in North Carolina it is rare enough) that this was her first snow. As a dog that loves to play hide-and-seek with her toys, there couldn't be anything better. My entire backyard has nose tracks across it, where she buried and "found" her ball over and over. I just wish I was better at action photography, so I could capture her pouncing.
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