Samwise Gamgee was a bit harder on Shelob than Tolkien let on.

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Not pictured: Samwise Gamgee, Shelob’s Legs (yes, that is Sting glowing goblin-blue)

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The legs and backpack are all molded separately. Next is silicon mold, then jacket mold.

The spider with bigger shoes and backpack was approved by the patron, so on to the industrial processes. Prior to molding, it is often necessary to dismember a sculpture. I pulled all the legs off as well as the backpack. This way the spider body will separate in a simple 2 part mold, as will both sets of legs.

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