Creation date / 2015 / May
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- 1. Clay model, used to derive patterns for cutting out metal shapes. It doesn't have to be perfect, just the right shape.
- 2. The Model is being dippied in "dip seal" heated to 350°F in an electric deep fryer.
- 3. Pulled out of the pot, the model has a 1/8" thick skin of dip-seal, which sets up immediately.
- 4. I have drawn lines where I want to cut the skin. This is going to be made in two parts.
- 5. The skin has been cut with a sharp knife along the lines, and now easily peels off.
- 6. Here are the two pattern pieces and the clay model. I will keep the clay model for reference.
- 7. The Dip Seal patterns were spread flat on paper and traced around with a pencil.The tracings were folded in half and cut so they would be symmetrical.
- 8. The patterns have been traced onto 16 gauge brass sheet, and cut out. Now I'm ready to start actually making the owl.
- 9. The back piece bent around, working on the beak.
- 10. Forming the "ears" on the sand bag.
- 11. Forming/planishing on a ball stake.
- 12.It was difficult to get the right shape for this piece. The one I photographed earlier did not work. Sometimes that happens. Noting the adjustments needed, I made this new one.
- 13. The back portion formed, ready to anneal.
- 16. Forming the belly on a ball stake.
- 14. Using a flat topped stake to bend over the face elements.