This is the FIRST coat of 4 rubbers coat of the outside of the gourd. The first coat must be thin so you can brush into all of the crevices and undercuts.
Periodically a bubble will appear and you must pop it with a pin as that will indicate that the area under the bubble has not received any rubber.
If you notice, I have put a putty border around the bottom as the rubber that drops into the bottom area will act as a type of flange when I pour my casting material from the bottom – but more about that later.
I will also not be cutting the rubber until everything is complete which is why I’m not concerned with easily removal at this time.