Things are happening in the mold department!
We have unearthed the “Keeper Dragon” master. This sculpture is the larger of the two Paint-your-own dragons I made.
If you would like to see him out of his case, here is a link to a picture of a test painted Keeper in my Elfwood gallery: http://melodypena.elfwood.com/Paint_your_own_paw_up_dragon.3031676.html
We were only able to cast about fifty of these pieces before the molds ripped and we had to stop casting them. Our move from California to Oregon began, and that brought the casting and mold department to a halt.
At a dead halt is were things stayed until NOW!
Jane, our new mold maker, is hard at work on the Keeper. The master we were using, pictured here partially in his case, is made out of hard gypsum. A gypsum master can’t be used for making production molds however, because repeated mold-pouring against it will eventually degrade the gypsum. The “production masters” that we use to create production molds are cast in tough epoxy resin so that they can take the wear of having molds cast on them continually. Jane is making a new master mold on this master to pour the epoxy master from .
The good news is that we have made at least two more molds from this gypsum master, so we are casting a few production keepers a day right now!
As soon as Jane can get an epoxy master made of this Keeper, we can start pouring LOTS of molds, then we can start pouring lots of keepers!
Who wants one?