It was very flattering to wee how much my folks liked the plaque I made. It was posted right next to the door of their barn. I’m pleased to see it enjoyed. It was a good project, I learned a lot from making this plaque. It was the first time I had ever done a scratch block– a form for metal constructed from sand and resin –its a shape where you carve a reverse image of the desired picture. Well I knew that intellectually, but I only understood what that meant after I carved out stairs going in the wrong direction.
But I’m jumping ahead in the story. Knew I was going to an iron pour and would have the chance to try a block. So the first thing I created was a concept drawing. It was based on both original photos and new photos of the barn. Then I got to the event and reality slapped me in the face. The available squares were too small. So I had to make a new one. That meant showing off my lack of nailing skills while creating a box. Learned how to use a fancy saw and got the box made. And learned how to create a resin mix for the mold.
Well after creating the mold, the iron pour didn’t go smoothly, so my mold didn’t get poured. It took a couple of months before we poured aluminum along with my wolf. BUt here it is, newly poured.
And then I got to play with patinas before finishing the plaque. It got sent up to Brindejon in early August and put on the barn. Here’s the final finished plaque on barn.