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!