February 27, 2012

Flake structure - finally

You couldn't make the flake by yourself in the old days, and you can't make the flake by yourself in the studio.  With Kate's help, we have the structure up so that I can see the scale and the feel of it.  I do like the size of it.  I think it is going to work if I reinforce the joints with knots and put some plasticine or something like that to secure the branches.  Will ask Stan this week.

February 24, 2012

Ted's Fish - 3D Rapid Prototyping

Darryl got one side of the fish printed for me.  The support is more than 10 times thicker than the actual fish.  Took me 2 hours to remove the support material.

The act of peeling off the support, the act of removing the wax cast from the mould, the act of Ted filleting the fish....

February 23, 2012

Computer Problems

Why now???

Spent two days worrying about loosing all the data on my computer.  Apple Store people are wonderful.  After many hours of checking, removing, installing, reinstalling, more checking and finally everything is ok now.  All that because of a corrupted font - perhaps.  I can now open Blurb to work on my book.

February 22, 2012

Ted's Fish - casting

After five lbs of Flexwax and two days of working in the mould making studio, I brought back 26 pieces of Ted's Fish to 205 Richmond.  I really like the translucent quality of the wax.

Got permission from Nick to work in my studio space if I need to.  Have my frying pan there just in case I need to do more, or to do repair.

February 11, 2012


I know I shouldn't be making another model.  Got the dimensions of the gallery I thought I should make a model to the scale of the gallery to get the feel of the size.  Collected some longer branches in a field just across from our apartment.  A trip to Home Depot for nuts and bolts.

Based on the measurement I need to cast 40 pieces to make a line across the gallery...

February 07, 2012

Flake and fish

Did another small flake with branches.  I am still drawn to a larger flake for the show.  Have to start looking for branches.

I really like using Flex Wax for the fish.  It is white with a tint of blue in it.  I just brushed the wax on directly to the moulds.   I also cast a copy in foundry wax this morning.

February 04, 2012

Ted's fish

My first rubber mould....  quite a process...

Thursday: build up the side
Friday:  continue to build up the side with clay and build up walls, sprout, vents, 1st layer (400 gm) of silicone rubber, 2nd layer (300 gm) of silicon rubber with accelerating thickening agent (a few drops), 3rd layer (400 gm) with thickening agent
Monday:  George suggested to build up two sections more
Tuesday:  Build the plaster shell (Hydrocal + burlap + metal rod) and start on the other side.  We were short of silicone rubber.  This side only approx. 1,000 gm in total (400+400+200).  Learn about Flex wax.  I like the colour of it - white with a tint of blue.
Wednesday:  Do the plaster shell
Thursday:  Demould.....yeh...fish is still ok.  My first rubber mould.