Model “Lee” is prepared for the casting process. Cholesterol is used as a barrier.
A quick spray with water puts the subject on alert! The spray also minimizes bubbles trapped between his skin and the impression material.
Alginate covers his body. It sets in about 6 minutes.
Lee will hold this pose for about 15 minutes.
Cotton is embedded into the wet alginate.
Most of the cotton is removed. What remains will catch hold of the plaster bandages.
Plaster gauze is methodically applied to the surface.
Care is taken around the mouth area.
It’s important to get a good bond between the plaster gauze and alginate.
Working top to bottom, more plaster gauze is applied.
The model stays focused.
The mother mold is nearly complete.
The plaster gauze sets in 7 minutes.
Ribbing in the front will strengthen the mold’s integrity.
Though painstaking care is taken when creating the mold, it can only be used once.
The negative mold.
Three coats of hemp reinforced Ultracal-30 will make the positive cast.
The finished statue of Lee is on permanent display at Just John Nightclub in St. Louis, MO.