Everything Comes Together and Apart!

After completing the fiberglass mold over the silicon mold, I created a wooden superstructure to support the fiberglass mold. This allows the mold to be rigid when pouring the form, yet can be removed to allow the fiberglass to flex and release the mold if necessary. (I spent today tweaking out the steel supports for the wood, and adding extra fiberglass on the connective joints.)
Next I removed the wooden form, then popped off the fiberglass mold. This takes a lot of wedges and patience and prying.
Next I use an exact-o knife with a square head and create opposing angled cuts through the silicon seam line all the way down to the clay sculpture. This took a lot of help from Elizabeth at the start of each bird, as she helped me to pull on the silicon while I cut. Eventually the weight of the mold itself would pull, and she went in and took a Sunday catnap- leaving me to NPR Weekend Edition and gazillions of alternating cuts, none of which drew blood. It took nearly 3 hours to make my way around the big buck. The day started at 9am and ended around 8pm- the logistics of supporting the birds while cutting the mold away were much more than precautionary and time consuming- as the board supporting the armature rod of the female quail snapped in two right at the end. I knew she was a fatty, but wow.

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