One of the last of the original resins that I will offer for sale is now at auction. It ends Friday.
There must be some correlation between these last days of winter and my compulsion for tedium. Yes, I am working on another mule, inspired by the one that I did about this time last year.
Originally the bases for the mules, Iko and Tee-Nah, were designed to simply be cast solid, with flat bottoms. Barry made a simple one piece mold for them and cast a few.
They were heavy. It was hard to control the level on, and if you have a pair of mules, you’d really like to have the bases be the same thickness.
So, Barry asked a local woodworker to rout out two hollows on the back side of each base, leaving a solid support bar across the middle. The weight of the base was reduced by about 25%, yet the bases remain heavy enough to solidly support and anchor the sculptures.
Tomorrow the two revamped bases will be remolded, each will have a new two-part mold to control the thickness very accurately. Then… Iko and Tee-Nah will be back on track for their November 1 debut.
|Molding tip — placing a sheet of foil under the mass of clay allows you to reposition the in-process mold on the work surface as needed to build walls.|
|Barry begins creating a production mold for Lynn’s new mule sculpture, “Iko” by building a mass of non-hardening clay up to the level of the mold lines.|
Here they are, Tee-Nah and Iko the mules. You’ll be reading more about them soon, but for now here are just a few of the hundreds of pix I took of them this afternoon and evening.
You know how you can get a little snap-happy with a digital camera — it’s even worse when you have such fun characters to work with. The photo session took far longer than I anticipated, hence a much later post than was planned.
The mules themselves are designed to be enjoyed individually, or interacting together. So many stories start to suggest themselves to the viewer… what comes to your mind?