23.4.11

The Cracked Fish

This is how it works... wax carving, silicone mold, mother mold, two-layer mold around wax, melt wax out, fill with glass, dry, put in kiln to dry, bring up to temp, charge it with glass until it is really full, anneal in kiln for about a week,  and then finally get the chance to see what happened...

... salmon appearing...

... glass sprues attached, lots of junk, hours of cold working to be done...

...major pieces cut off, and the fish cracked b/c I started to work on it too soon...

... tile saw cuts to remove chunks...

... after sanding and scrubbing for quite some time, the fish is almost ready to fit fins (that were carved, cast, and cold worked separately)

... nice light fins (mostly clear) that would have been a nice contrast to the darker-looking fish body...
Someday, I will re-invest the fish body and cast it again. And then wait for at least a week before I start to polish and complete the piece.

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