Friday, August 31, 2012

More Thing & Casting Experiments

And the object is still growing.

Cast another Elizabeth using just the air minus, a dry concrete mixture, packing and hammering the mold to vibrate it. Hopefully her head will not fall off again when I demold.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Visitation Courtyard

Here is the Visitation in the courtyard.

Also demolded new cast of Elizabeth using the air minus and superplasticizer. The head fell off. Not a go.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Mystery Project and Funny Chemicals

So, today I started a new project. That is all I'm going to say about that.

And, I cast Elizabeth using the Air Minus and Superplasticizer products. It's oozing. I am nervous.

Saturday, August 25, 2012


Here is my test paver using the air de-trainer only:

And the paver using both the air de-trainer and superplasticizer:

I'd say we are going with the second! Very nice looking. I'm excited.

Friday, August 24, 2012


Trying out products to get air holes out of my statues...

And, trying to do some sketches.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Holes and Peacock

Air holes again! Here is how the Mary turned out using the packing method. Huh. Back to the drawing board.

I am thinking of doing a peacock for my next cast concrete project.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Packing Method

Recast Mary from the Visitation using the "packing" method instead of the "vibrate" method. Out bug holes out!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Bug Holes!

Gah! Today was an interesting day. It began with the de-molding of the second Elizabeth. She had many large bug holes (air holes) on her surface.

So, I did some research on how to eliminate bug holes. Found a great discussion on I am going to try using a product you add to cement to reduce the air content (Fritz Pack Air Minus) and packing the cement mix instead on vibrating it.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

More Visitation

Set the first casting of the two Visitation figures outside.

Also did research casting without air bubbles. And my awesome roommate helped me cast the second Elizabeth by holding the mold upright so I could focus on agitating the mold.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Experimenting with Relief On Pot

For casting. Not so crazy about this design, but certainly worth future experimentation.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Casting Mary Figure for Visitation

Tried using a tire for a vibrating table to get air bubbles out. No vibrating motor yet. Used hammer. Did not work very well. There is a tire under the plywood.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Woodburning at the Frogtown House

This morning, my friend Cathi who does pyrography came over to the Frogtown house and facilitated a fun morning of exploring wood burning.
Here are a couple of examples of Cathi's work.
And the coffee cup which is essential to creative work.

Here are the little doodles we made.