Help where needed. There’s really nothing more frustrating than not having a specific task given and trying to find projects to work on. I’m not faulting anyone for this, but it makes the day go much slower and I get terribly antsy.
Later in the day I was asked to help Garret make the rubber moulds for a couple of cornice pieces. This was extremely insightful and I thank Garret for letting me help and ask so many questions. The original, plaster piece was sealed with two coats of Super Sealer which filled any voids that may cause the rubber to stick in awkward places. The liquid, synthetic rubber was then poured onto the plaster cornice and brushed evenly across the surface. A polymer catalyst was added to the rubber mix to speed the drying process.
Several layers of the rubber were added to the previous layers, slowly building up the thickness. With each layer, the rubber mix was thickened with polyethylene fibers. The process stopped when a depth of at least 0.25″ was reached. Burnishing the rough spots completed this stage of the process. This thick, semi-dry rubber material is weird to work with. There are many benefits, but it’s a lot like painting with cake batter. Very messy.