Thursday, July 31, 2008

Finished Rubber Mold

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This is the finished rubber mold. It's about 5 coats of rubber and the whole thing probably weighs about 120lbs...!

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The large strips along the center line of the piece are called "T's". These help the rubber key into the plaster mother mold that we'll be making next.

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This is what a "T" looks like in cross section (Upside down but you get where the whole "T" thing comes from, no?). Each T is solid rubber with no thickener added. Usually the T's we use are smaller but Justin made a special larger T mold for this project. (I forgot to take a photo of it...)

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This is a strip mold used to create rubber strips that are about 2.5 feet long by a half inch wide by a quarter inch high. These are placed on the large surfaces of the mold to also help it key into the plaster mother mold.

Up next: Shimming the rubber mold!

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