Saturday, 11 February 2012

Todd is Casting!

This is so exciting for me, since last night I have been working on creating lots of Todds, and I have so far created seven with another one currently setting... I will tell you the process of what I did.

First of all I needed to get a mould, and I used silicone rubber for this. I mixed it with the catalyst and poured it over Todd in a spare, old butter dish bowl (this was all I had spare! It was a good size to use though) and I had the bits of card board there to help pull the mould out if needed when it was all set. It turned out I didn't need them!
Afterwards, the rubber was left to set...
I left it overnight and by morning it was ready. It had a very sticky feel to it still though but I think this is because of the type of silicone I used... It wasn't super expensive as I am trying all this out for the first time.
It was funny seeing Todd inverted like this at first. I got the original Todd out, which was heart breaking - he was all in pieces!
And so the first casting began... I mixed the resin but was too relaxed about the time it took for it to fully set, and so it started setting rapidly as I was pouring. So unfortunately, the mould wasn't 100% filled and his muzzle lacked resin.
We had to abandon ship as it just wasn't leaving the pot. But you live and learn!
But when he came out... I was so happy! My first ever casting and I am going to treasure him. He had a massive ear bubble so only two thirds of his ear are there, as well as he had some forelock bubbles, and don't forget that half his muzzle was not there! But still. I was so pleased, because I knew that the mould was successful.
I felt more compelled to do better the second time round... However the second mould was bubble-mania...
It knocked my confidence a bit. The definition was completely gone! I tried for the third time and while the bubble issue had improved, it wasn't much better and another ear bubble had formed. On the fourth casting though, I re-evaluated my technique and tried again... And what a transformation.
And it has only improved from there... :) These are all the casts so far...
So far I have only had those first three castings as the bad one, and I have had many enquiries! He is not actually officially released yet, however... He needs to be painted up by my guest artist and once that happens then he will be open for the public to order!! I can't wait... Clare

8 comments:

  1. Ooh, how exciting! He looks fab :)

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    1. Thank you! :D I can't wait until I see some painted of him. :)

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  2. Just thought of another colour he'd suit - varnish roan Appaloosa! :D

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    1. He would be so cute! I can't wait... I really want to paint one right now but can't... Besides I have nothing to paint him with, lol!

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  3. Wow this is so cool! Congratulations he looks so cute!

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  4. I'm drooling!!! I want one Clare!! Will you be shipping to the US??? :)

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    1. Aww thank you! And yes indeed I shall be, a copy is with the guest artist right now and as soon as he is painted I shall be offering him to the public. So excited!

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