Spent today being somewhat productive. Worked with cold metal — sanding, filing, polishing, and finishing a sculpture which was a christmas present. And now it’s as done as it’s going to be. HURRAHHHH!!!!!!!!! It’s good to finish something, even if it’s not quite as good as I want. My skill in sculpture needs work; next one will be better.
Before we can pour, the wax had to be melted out. Since the cart that goes into the oven had broken, we put the pieces directly into the furnace. Burning wax causes lots of flame; so I got some exciting photos
Afterwards, the metal gets melted and poured into the molds. Mine is the one on the right hand side. It has already been poured, you can see the glow of hot metal inside the white ceramic shell.
Here’s the finished piece that was given to my in-laws as a christmas present. At this point, they knew that they were getting something special; just not sure what. It was still hot to touch when I brought it over. And it sat at their house for a few days.
On christmas morning, David and I got to open the piece. At this point, it’s obvious what the basic sculpture looks like, but there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. Need to cut off the sprue’s–those are the legs underneath the statue. The hot metal is poured into a cup and then flows down the sprues into the mold. That metal is tossed into the scrap pile and will be remelted for some other sculpture.
Finally I got the piece finished. It’s taken a few weeks.
And now I’m sitting in the kitchen relaxing. And Charlie is checking out the flowers on the table. He’s cute; at least I think so. It’s a good end to a nice afternoon.