A little play on words here, for those who know the phrase “Have you heard the good news?”. Well my Three Angels have good news: the improved extended silicone mold worked like a charm! My efforts paid off, now the mold is whole, and does not leak!
See below for an update!
So I made a third cast, the second one in clear resin. Now it is out of the mold, and it looks good! In a few more days it will cure hard and be ready to go. It is thinner than I would prefer, but really I am very happy with it. I like the pigments in the side two figures, and the center figure coloring is better. I don’t see any flaws, although I have not inspected for minute bubbles, etc. yet. No need to dull my pleasure yet!
Comparing Two Casts:
I think this piece evokes a quite different feel than the first clear resin cast, which was such a problem to complete! My new cast has a cooler, somewhat ethereal feel. This is in contrast to the more substantial strong earth tones used in the first clear resin cast of my piece.
I include this photo of the first earth toned cast for comparison. The overall coloring is darker, and the red ochre against the greens dominates a bit, but I really love the dark beseeching angel on the right in this cast.
For the new cast (in the first two photos) I avoided the green tones used in the first resin in favor of a brown earth, and I chose to emphasis the leftmost figure with gold. I defined my center figure with black outlines and pearlescent highlights, so only a hint of color. The stronger most skeletal figure on the right has a metallic lavender sheen, and is boldly accentuated with black. Did I get carried away with the lavender? Maybe…
Now I am working on a cement cast, for an opaque version that will be durable out of doors. Photos soon!
The casts, like the original piece, are 24″ x 18″. The clear resin casts are lightweight, and can be presented/displayed to be viewed from both sides. The relief side is textured, and more or less matte finish, while the flat surface on the reverse side is glossy.
I made the first cast of this work in tinted opaque white plaster, so it is single sided, and is very heavy.
This work is now available in cement suitable for installation outside! I have one cement cast made, with rather intense color! And I plan two more cement casts. The next cement versions will likely have more subdued earth toned pigments, unless I get a commission for something vivid!