The second day of my internship was spent casting the egg-and-dart and what I call the chord-and-reel enrichments from the moulds that were created the day before. One of the other sculptors, Edmund, did an incredible job at creating these pieces and he’s been very kind in sharing some sculpting pointers.
Several hours after casting the enrichments, I was asked to build a model of a cornice for a client. The model is a full-scale replica of the actual proposed cornice, but in a transportable size. In order to make the model, a plain cornice is either run or cast. I use the word “plain” lightly because these cornices can be rather complex. “Sans enrichments” is probably a better way of describing it. Once the plain cornice is created, enrichments are added to create a beautiful, ornate cornice. Surprisingly, household white glue is strong enough to hold the enrichments in place.
After I glued the enrichments to the cornice, I was asked to clean the joints that were created by butting several enrichments against each other. This technique is called “pointing.” I thoroughly enjoy this procedure and find it very rewarding. There’s something about making two elements look seamless that makes me happy.
The rest of the day was spent casting the large cornice I attempted the day before and cleaning.