Here is the filament mold in process. This will be attached to the anthers to collectively make the stamen. I used plasticine, oil clay that never dries (that’s the dark green piece). Stoneware or any other clay would dry out before I got a chance to make the mold. The plasticine gave me ample working time. I made a two part mold with a plug and a reservoir to keep one side solid and allow for even fill and airflow.
These are some lily leaves Rebecca gave to me. I pressed the leaves into plaster as it set and the imprint was left behind. This was mostly for experimentation as I will use similar forms for my calyx basket. I started casting today… results below!
Here are the anther and filament molds working the same shift!
And, here are some casts after attaching.
I tried two different slip recipes. The one above is Reeves Porcelain made into a cone 6 slip. It dries very fast, settles in the bucket and is prone to slumping. However, it is very white and translucent, I will definitely use it for my pollen forms. I decided to work with Spleth made into a cone 6 as well, both recipes originally cone 10 from Val Cushing. The Spleth is much more cooperative, it can be easily manipulated and it tends to keep its shape. I have to devise a method of support for the filament so that it doesn’t slump in the firing, which could happen with either slip. I am going to try a couple of different options to see what works. Suggestions welcome!!!!
Here are the cast leaves in action! I am shaping them inside a bowl mold, and pouring slip in the bottom to form a flat base. This is basically what I want to do for my calyx object. I am going to see how it comes out in the firing and if it works well then I can go ahead with my plan.