Here is the carved gourd with 3 coats of rubber on the inside – I will need 4 but it can be turned upside down to drizzle rather than having to smooth it with my hand like the first 3 – and let me tell ya, I was up to my elbows in rubber – so much so that I actually had to shave my arm to get the silicone balls off the hair!
Each coat has to be a different colour so you know you’ve covered all areas. It is a brush on rubber however it still remains kind of soft and floppy until it sets up in about 30 minutes so I must keep turning the gourd. It should be brushed on in thinner coats than I use however I’m impatient and it’s too hard to get a brush inside of this.
And by the way – there were holes right through the top tabs? I had to fill those with putty otherwise the mold would not come off later. However, silicone is very forgiving so other than a thin clear coat of Krylon, I did not prepare my gourd with anything prior to applying the rubber. Neither do I when I take a casting from wood.
At this point I have used about 8 cups of rubber and have wasted about 1 cup of that on drippage and leftovers after pot life.
After the rubber dries (in about an hour in a warm temp room) utensils are easy to clean and peel and ready for use.
I do not promote particular companies however I have favourable results with Smooth-On products.