Came home from class today a total disaster. After a moment of total shock at my appearance, she told me “Go Take a Shower NOW–You need one”. I don’t know why, a little bit of plaster never hurt anyone. Of course it is in my hair, on my face, and all over my clothes. Got a little bit enthusiastic making a mold for my bell. What do you think?
Anyway, you know the VOILA bell from a couple of days ago; well that mold got thrown out and I was starting from scratch. But I got lots of help this time. Another student, a professional potter made me a bell from clay. It was beautiful and he hardened it using a blowtorch. It’s now been covered with plaster; tomorrow morning I get to pull it out from the plaster and will have a great mold. Perhaps I’ll pour a bell or two tomorrow morning before work.
Also got my box ready for dipping; the last steps before pouring metal. But even that was not without drama. First I demonstrated my ineptitude with a lighter. Then I struggled to get theblow torch lit with matches. Finally got it lit, but managed to start a fire with the discarded match and newspaper. Created my sprue structure only to have the teacher come ask why there was all that extra wax. Took it off, made a new structure, almost burned the teacher with the blowtorch. But that’s ready and with some help from fellow students, I might get everything done by Tuesday eveningl There are 10 dips needed, some requiring as many as 4 hours between dips. I’ve got to work. But promised to do other students stuff before work and after work. So there is a chance I’ll get finished.
On the very positive side, my daffodils bloomed. I love how they look and smell. And I got a great hat for work. It’s cold there, I sit right under the air conditioning vent. Don’t ask me why work runs the air conditioner at full blast during the winter because I don’t know. But they do which means standard gear for work includes gloves with cut off fingers, a fleece jacket, a hat, and a scarf. I think this hat is very appropriate for work, don’t you. Have a great night; I’m going to bed.