Archive for November, 2012

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The First Step

November 22, 2012

Now on to the making of the ornament.  What you need to do is make an exact replica of the ornament in plaster.  The plaster ornament has to be as perfect as possible with no bubbles or bumps or uneveness any where.  I will use this “model” to make a rubber mold from, that I can then use to cast all my working plaster molds.

I am using an old plasterers technique to make the plaster blank with rings around it’s edge.  A lot of the decorative trim in older houses used to made with plaster, moldings and the circular ceiling details above chandeliers.  I’m using that idea only smaller to make my blank.  Here is the first one I made but I wasn’t happy with the result.  It was too flat.

I want the rings to be more domed.

Here is the second blank with better rings.   The brass template swings around the post and scraps away the excess plaster to leave the ringed model.  I had to apply about 3 coats of plaster to get the final model.

The rings are more domed.

Here are the two side by side.  As you are about to see, patience needs to be in great supply.

I used the one on the right.

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Finished Ornament

November 21, 2012

I was going to wait to reveal the finished ornament until after I showed the different steps in the process, but then I thought, that is the same scenario as one of my pet peeves; instruction manuals.  Instruction manuals, particularly computer programs, generally never give you the overview first, they usually dive right into all the 52 ways you can resize, rearrange, reduce, something but you are not sure what it is you are doing exactly.  So with that in mind, here is the finished ornament for 2012, “The Holly Wreath”.  In the next posts I will show how I arrived at the finished piece from the idea drawing.   I hope you like it.

 

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Idea Drawing

November 19, 2012

I have incorporated the elements I liked from the 3 images to make my mock up.  I want to use that repeating element and let the glaze pool in the lines the rings create.  I will also try some different arrangements for the lettering.  This idea is a slight departure in format from all the other ornaments but that’s the beauty of making your own designs, you can do whatever you want.

The idea.

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The Idea

November 18, 2012

Now that I looked at all the past ornaments, it was time to get at it. I started looking at images on the net and just picked things that immediately struck me for one reason or another. What you are mainly dealing with is the property the transparent colored glaze has. It’s a darker color when it’s thick and paler when thin. After selecting about a dozen images, I went through those again and knocked it down to three images that held something. Here they are.