The wooden framework I created yesterday was put into place today. I layer of plaster was poured on the back of the rubber mould, sheets of burlap were applied and the wooden from was secured into place with strips of plaster-soaked burlap. Voilá, a hard shell for the cornice was born! This shell prevents the rubber mould from moving and gives the mould a platform on which to rest.
Nathan assisted in pouring the first cast of the mould and I was then free to cast them myself. Casting eight feet of such an ornate cornice is time sensitive and challenging. All air bubbles must be eliminated and massive amounts of detail must be present. Two sheets of burlap are added for strength and durability and they must not be seen anywhere on the face of the cornice. I was proud to produce three that day and none were sacrificed.
It was a good day. Unfortunately, I was asked to come in to work on Saturday in order to produce three more for a total of six before Monday. I was then asked to help install these next week. How cool! It’s going to be great seeing the work in place. I’m looking forward to it.
Oh yeah, and I managed to catch a fly in a sandwich bag during lunch. Luckily, I was already finished with the sandwich. Nathan couldn’t resist letting it out of the bag so that it could go on reproducing maggots. Thanks, man.