My on-line diary began in the 1990's from my studio in the North of England. After a lapse of ten years, I resumed posting from my present studio on the Caribbean island of Dominica.

From the far beginning, the intention has been to give an insight into my working methods, and to share the triumphs, trials and tribulations of work-in-progress.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017


The materials and techniques associated with making a waste mold have not changed to any extent since the time of Michelangelo. Whereas I divide the mold with brass shims, in earlier times sculptors used clay walls – some still do.

The mold for a portrait bust can be made with just one division between front and back. However, the mold for the full figure is more complicated. If possible, one half of the mold runs the full length of the figure and is called the mother mold. The other half comprises of a number of caps. By releasing the caps one by one the mold can be more easily separated.

The picture below shows all the shims in place. The entire back of the figure, as it rests against the base board, forms the mother mold. Four caps then make up the front of the figure. Cap number two extends across the both thighs.

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