Pouring Plaster Molds

web-plaster-pour-close-upPouring plaster to create a new mold is an exciting time for me.

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turtleheartdance-blueThe process from idea to final product is a test of patience and precision.

I have been hand making little turtle charms for over 10 years and finally took the time to create a 3D version of the “love connection” turtle charm.

Here are a few pictures of making the turtle charm plaster mold:

The prototype is in the the coddle waiting for the first pour of the 2 part mold I will use to slip cast.

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web-turtle-charm-mold-2 After soaping up the plaster, replacing the prototype and returning it to the coddle it is ready for the second pour.  Notice the pour hole for the slip, I will leave that hole for the option to hang the piece on the wall.
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Once the plaster is set, the clay prototype is removed, the plaster cleaned up and set to dry.  It is best to dry multi-pieced molds together, here it is open to show both sides.

After it dries completely it will be ready for slip casting.

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These turtle charms carry the symbol for love and connection between 2 people.
Symbolically, turtles represent longevity, enduring love and, my favorite, patience.
Turtle charms make wonderful spiritual gifts to express the love
of friendship or romance – and they make great Florida gifts too!

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About Samantha

Ceramic artist Samantha Decker-Hoppen creates sacred vessels for everyday rituals. In a world full of disposable objects, be grounded in a handmade mug or amused by a whimsical bowl. Handcrafted to hold your tasty treats and savor the moment.

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