Okay, now you’ve seen the front of the gourd with the plastic mother mold on it. The back now looks the same and butts up to the flange. So if I wrapped a belt around it, nothing would move out of alignment. It follows every bump and curve of the outside rubber so I know where to put it back on each time.
But what about the inside? If I removed the rubber, it would just flop around and I don’t want it to move out of alignment either.
I will also add to this page as it progresses but the true frame will probably not be able to be photographed until it has all been dismantled.
I will tell you this much though
- I have constructed three strips of plastic paste on the inside from bottom to top.
- They are all just wide enough to be removed through the opening at the top.
- In order to clamp them prior to pouring my casting, I had to make a key shape at the very bottom with my putty first so that I had a 3 way flange to attach a small hand clamp.
This is the first of the inside strips, it goes all the way to the bottom and ends with a flange. It is adjoined to the upper area.
This is a messy, sticky process and because my arm was only able to squeeze down the hole for the additional strips, I devised a system where I’d trowel the paste onto a suitbale thickness of wax paper, let it dry until it was almost dry but still pliable dropped it down the hole while holding the top part then gently smoothed it to the sides.
It still may not be clear but when all pieces are off and the rubber and mother mold have been removed, I will put together the frame prior to pouring and you will be able to see what I’ve done.