Just over a week ago a friend of mine sent me a message on facebook with a special request. A Totoro shaped soap for his wife.
I love the challenge of making new things so i said "sure"....... one problem, i am in no way a sculptor. I googled my little heart out trying to find either a mould, or something i could create a mould from (plastic figurine etc). I came up empty handed.
Now, I'm usually the first one to throw my hands up and give up - i have very little patience for things i cant do RIGHT NOW, needless to say i have a lot of unfinished projects on my table.... but this time i was determined.
So i got out my klean klay and a picture of Totoro and started sculpting......
Next step - box him up
Pinkysil is my current moulding choice - i like that its an equal 2 part mix and i just need to eyeball levels in cups rather than drag out the scales and calculate ratios.
The next step is to let is set and then unmould it - though i forgot to take a picture of this step. I removed all the tape from the glass plate and carefully pulled the cardboard off from around the sides, then gently lifted the set mould off of the clay sculpt beneath.
Now - you're supposed to let this sit over night, 12-24hrs is what ive read from various moulding instructions. Personally i do not have the patience - so a quick clean out of any excess clay and then i filled it with a melt and pour soap.