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What a day, long time getting here, but finally the two figures are cast! Absolutely, mentally exhausted by end of day, such a build up, and being in the eleventh hour for finishing in time for degree show has really put the pressure on. Se pics later, and tomorrow evening break them out of the casts, another anxious moment. Thanks to Jonathan and Jim for helping me through it…


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The Lead required to cast the two figures works out at 113Kg, unbelievable? At a cost of £50 per 25kg box, I had to buy an extra 25kg to cover any extra, and the slag that will come off the liquid metal. The furnace is being constructed and has a crucible that can hold up to 10 litres. Tomorrow is the big day, weather forecast good. Plan is to seal up moulds am and cast in the pm. Feeling a lot of anticipation as this has been a long road, a lot of expense and a huge learning curve, but grateful for the opportunity to learn the process from an expert.


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Two weeks to go, stress levels rising, full steam ahead! Today opening up moulds and cleaning rubber moulds, measuring liquid litres for moulten lead, to then have crucible size worked out, and to get the furnace finished…

On 17th May I attempted to split the large cast, impossible, even with help, had to break of sections to get into it. In hindsight I sense we should have applied release spray to the inside of the plaster shell before pouring the rubber mould material because it had sucked itself onto the lower mould so hard we couldn’t release it and the outer shell together. The clay figures too had become glued onto the rubber mould as it had gained a lot of moisture making it soft. I had to distroy the clay figures to get them out of the mould. Then trying to clean of the clay from the rubber was just as hard. Took a day and half to do these tasks, and a lot of physical work.

Figuring out the liquid volume required was also tricky. In the end I used very fine sand to fill up each of the moulds measured out in a litre jug which I counted out as I went. For small figure I figure – 2.2 litres, and for the large one, 7 litres, add a an extra bit on for good measure = 7.5. Now need to work out how much lead is required with complex formula I found online…


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