Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Tricorn mold - 2


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I've made a two-part mold for press-casting tricorns. It's a bit crude but functional. It was made using Herculite 2 engineering plaster which is excellent at capturing sharp detail. The tricorns themselves will be made of Milliput, pressed into the mold then released. I've no idea whether it would be better to let it set first and glue it onto the figure, or to remove it gently so it can be molded onto the figure's head. All the fun of experimentation awaits...

3 comments:

Martin said...

So A.J., what was the reaction of the Hetzenberg Haberdashery Guild to the "mass production" of tricornes, as opposed to their painstaking, one-at-a-time, Old World craftsmanship, style?

Yours,

Martin

A J Matthews said...

As one they cried "It'll never work!" - and they were right, up to a point. I found the mold will produce a couple of tricorns a time, but it was slower than handcrafting them. Oh well, back to the drawing board...

Martin said...

Hummmm....I suspect that the Guild managed to sabotage the project from the start. I fear that the Industrial Revolution will be a long time coming to Hetzenberg.