I was late for work this morning.
But I’m pleased to tell you that the tardiness was incurred for a good reason–I spent it sanding the first cast that came out of the rubber mould I’d been experimenting on.
The new thing about this mould is that it minizes sanding, which allows the resulting resin cast to retain as much detail as possible. After two failed attempts, this last one was successful, producing a nice and smooth result that’s almost like the original wooden positive or plug. All that’s left to do is some minor sanding and editing here and there before I’m perfectly happy with the result.
You’ll notice from the pictures that there are droplets all around; sanding resin produces a lot of resin dust, which is harmful to humans when inhaled. You can avoid dust particulates from occurring by doing the sanding underwater or under running water. Surprisingly, I enjoy this process a lot, especially the detail work. So much so that I lost track of time and came to work late this morning!
There’s still a lot of work to do. After sanding is polishing, then detail-work like painting and weathering. Of course there’s also the sheath; I’ve yet to create a silicone mould and cast for that–although I’m confident this time around since I’ve got the “new” rubber technique pat down.
More updates as I go along. To those interested in getting the knife, my apologies for it taking so long. I’ll be getting this rolling before the holidays, and that’s a promise! Would appreciate your thoughts via the comments section or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.