Mother Molds

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The first layer of rubber cured last night, so I went ahead today and worked on making the mother molds out of plaster. I covered the faces in plastic wrap, and then went ahead building what will eventually become the rubber mold out of ceramic clay over the rubber.

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After covering all of the faces with an even layer of ceramic clay, I added shims, the pour hole, with more ceramic clay.

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The first layer of plaster, which is very thin, is added to create one side of the mold with a bristle brush.

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The second layer of plaster, which is very thick like cake frosting is applied using a butter knife.

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After allowing the plaster to set on one side, I remove the clay shims.  I brush Murphy’s oil soap on the shim area and then build the other side of the mother mold in the same way as I did the first side. Tomorrow I’ll open up the molds and pour my second layer of rubber.

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