Production Mode

August 3, 2009

Last week was my first full week of production mode–woohoo!  Production mode is always my favorite part of any project–you get to just do it, machine style, without thinking anymore, whatever “it” may be.  The thought process part is over (or at least stalled for a while–I’ll probably have to think again when it comes time to actually install) and I get to just make stuff!  Freely!  I have to say it feels pretty awesome to just blast through casting, although I’m also going through the slip really fast!  I ordered a new 5 gallon bucket the previous week and it’s already 3/4 empty!  Thankfully that was the last bucket I’ll need to purchase–from now on I’ll either make slip out of the studio porcelain clay body by adding defloculant or make my own casting slip from scratch.  It’s great to have 2 buckets though, because I can cast that much faster.  I’ve managed to figure out a really nice rhythm of casting 4 molds at a time (I only have 4 mold straps and 8 molds) and then switching to cleaning up the last set of 4 while the new set dries in the mold.  It’s going great so far!  See for yourself!

beautiful porcelain casting slip

beautiful porcelain casting slip

molds all lined up, waiting for slip

molds all lined up, waiting for slip

Yay production mode!  This sort of represents 1 8hr. day of work

Yay production mode! This sort of represents 1 8hr. day of work

fresh casts in the newest molds, including the six parter!

fresh casts in the newest molds, including the six parter!

these guys were fresh out of a bisque kiln, ready for the reduction kiln

these guys were fresh out of a bisque kiln, ready for the reduction kiln

the previous days' casts, mostly dry and ready for the bisque kiln

the previous days' casts, mostly dry and ready for the bisque kiln

the hotbox is one of the best tools ever!  helps dry out the molds during and after casts, as well as the casts themselves--totally speeds up the process, especially given the summer humidity

the hotbox is one of the best tools ever! helps dry out the molds during and after casts, as well as the casts themselves--totally speeds up the process, especially given the summer humidity

opening the bisque kiln and finding teeth mixed in with the pots

opening the bisque kiln and finding teeth mixed in with the pots

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2 Responses to “Production Mode”

  1. glue gun Says:

    Good to see that people still know what they are talking about. So much BS around these days!


  2. […] Production Mode: because nothing beats that moment when the mold-making is done and you can just go into full on production-mode […]


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