Monday, 14 December 2009

Dead Nellie II

I'm half way through texturing Dead Nellie.  I've added some very short tusks; I don't know if it'll be possible to cast them.  They may have to be trimmed or removed.  The eye needs some work, too. 

I think it'll look half decent when finished, tonight.


Hetairoi said...

Oooh... so nice!

BigRedBat said...

Not so nice; I'm planning a variant lying in a pool of spilt guts!

Cheers, Simon

Allan (AJ) Wright said...

Looking good. If you plan to have your mold separation line along the backbone and trunk then I'd agree removing the tusks is probably a wise move. I've never had luck with undercuts like that. Eventually the mold tears, sometimes before it even heats up enough to give you a good cast or two. You could always make a separate mold for the tusks, or just make them from green stuff, they're easy to make.

Great work on the texture, especially the ears.

BigRedBat said...

Hi Allen,

I'm keen for the tusks to be attached if possible, because they are small and would be fiddly to add.

I had a chat with the caster earlier, he thinks it'll be OK. Fingers crossed! As long as I can get 10 or so... I can't see the demand for dead African forest elephants being that high. ;-)

Do you cast much stuff then? I've dropcast from a few greens I've made over the years. Good fun.

ZeroTwentythree said...

Looks great!

If you're just casting some for yourself, have you considered a one sided (open) mould and casting in resin or even a hard plaster?

BigRedBat said...

I'd not thought about an open mould; you are right it would probably work.

But I know a man who will hopefully cast it for me much better than I ever could!