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Yes, we do have a Phoenix!

The Phoenix has been found and will be rising soon. This is a photo of the Paint-your-own Phoenix looking very lumpy in his partially completed first master mold. He is sitting in a cabinet next to the larger Winged Wolf sculpture which is at nearly the same stage in the mold making progress. These two are having dribble molds made on them. This is a method of making a “quickie” glove mold. Layers of the liquid silicone are dripped directly onto the gypsum sculpture. It takes days to build up sufficient layers of silicone to make a mold this way, but it is less work for the mold maker than making a production-type glove mold, which requires days of careful clay and plaster work.
From this dribble mold we will make the “master”. That is the sculpture against which which the final production molds will be poured. We don’t invest time making the final master mold until the sculpture is 100% finished.
I will test paint one or two pieces that will be cast from these dribble molds so I can find and fix any of the problems that surface. I fix simple things like: areas that don’t take paint well because the details are too deep or too shallow, areas that look messy or need a little more sanding, and eye sockets that are too tight , too loose or set catty-wampus. Then there are the real disasters, such as the sculpture tipping over because the base is too small, or the mold being excessively difficult to remove… The small base and large wings make the Phoenix a prime candidate for both of these problems! Oh joy.

If you would like to see this Phoenix and wolf sculpture without a mold in various stages of completion, here is a link to the Windstone forum’s gallery: http://www.windstoneeditions.com/galleries/thumbnails.php?album=16
(You can search on Phoenix, or just click through the numbers at the bottom of the page, until you come across them.)

13 Responses to Yes, we do have a Phoenix!

  1. ghostndragon February 20, 2009 at 7:43 am #

    Sweeeeet.

  2. kitsunelady February 20, 2009 at 12:37 pm #

    Squee. I am so excited. I hope the phoenix doesn’t tip over or give you any other serious problems!

    Is that wolf going to be a production piece, or a PYO?

  3. windstone February 20, 2009 at 6:44 pm #

    I was planning to have this wolf be production.

  4. pegasi1978 February 20, 2009 at 7:04 pm #

    Will it be painted or have a stone finish?

  5. kitsunelady February 20, 2009 at 8:46 pm #

    I hope painted. <3 I want to see how you paint a winged wolf!

  6. windstone February 20, 2009 at 9:19 pm #

    She will be painted, not stone finish.

  7. Lokie56 February 21, 2009 at 4:14 am #

    Is the Winged Wolf similar in size to the Large Flap Cat? I imagine they will look great displayed side by side.

    Edit: NVM, found the answer! I see the comparison photo between the Flap Cat and Phoenix in your gallery; so the wolf will be a little bit bigger.

  8. Blackdesertwind February 22, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    PYO Phoenix YAY!
    I’m so looking forward to having one!
    I hope it is almost perfect so it gets cast faster.
    Thank you Mel!

    Will the wolf be available through the store or eBay?

  9. travistie February 28, 2009 at 10:41 pm #

    Will the wolf have a chain necklace like the flap cats and griffins do?

  10. windstone March 2, 2009 at 6:02 pm #

    What do you think? I will put one on if enough people want it.

  11. windstone March 2, 2009 at 11:37 pm #

    The large winged wolf will be a production store item. We DO intend to start making production things again!

  12. Lokie56 March 5, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

    I started a poll on the forum for members to weigh in on this matter. I hope that is OK. http://www.windstoneeditions.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=10035

  13. silv390 December 20, 2009 at 6:48 am #

    Test

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