Monday, August 24, 2015

Wooden Butterful mold

Clay add to fill in the gaps
The wooden butterful is now complete, it is very smooth which isn't what I want, so I added texture to the wood. I also needed to fill in the areas which were not solid with clay. The beginning steps are involved, the process is time consuming. Best to take your time and do all the corrections in the clay because once the piece is in wax it takes more steps to correct. If one waits till the piece is created in bronze to correct errors, that could take weeks to correct. 

Wire used to hold everything in place

Monday, August 10, 2015

Creating the Butterfly

First Clay Mold
Once the design was approved, it was time to create the clay mold. Having the grand idea of rolling out the clay, cutting the design out, was the first thing that came to mind. I thought, "Just like making cookies, how fast is that!" Wrong! Making something out of clay without an armature leads to complete frustration. I made the clay design in the middle of summer and the temperature inside my art studio was eighty degrees, which caused the entire design to fall apart.
Plan “B”, open the design up and insert wire.
Nope, the design was not symmetrical after cutting into the clay.
Trash it.
Plan “C”, create an entirely new butterfly out of wire mesh, making the design with a “Sharpie” and cutting it out.
Nope, the mesh wasn’t fine enough and I cut my hands several times on the wire because the gloves were too large to wear while cutting.
Plan “D”, don’t give up, keep thinking…
Wood ! Wood doesn’t bend and anything can be used as a mold because silicone does not stick to anything!

Creating the body, measuring the thickness for the mold

No smaller than 1/8" to hold the silicone

Sunday, August 2, 2015