|The new and the repainted.|
There are a few of my Britain's Indians that came from my own childhood collection. One of those was a one armed chief (or heroic warrior?) in a tight feather bonnet. I figured that as long as I was fixing him I might as well make an ordinary warrior running forward crouching with a rifle since that was what I needed most. I thought about adding a blanket to complete the description of the Cree advancing at Cut Knife Creek but decided that it was too limiting. By doing him in long hair and fringed shirt as shown above, he would be easy to convert to a bearded Metis in wide brimmed hat.
|My casting box with bottom 1/2 done..|
One tip that I picked up too late last time, is that the putty does best if a bit of pressure is applied so that when it expands as it sets, it is forced tight up against the master. My box has a lid that can be screwed tight to apply just this sort of pressure so I dug out the top and used it. Seems to have worked thus far but I was pessimistic at best at the likelihood of a usable mould.
|Waiting for the vault to reopen.|
|A slippery slope.|
The rubber is very soft and I'm not sure how long it will go without tearing but once vented the new mould quickly produced 6 new warriors, no problems. This putty stuff may be alright after all! Quick and easy.
|At Top, left to right: Another broken original, the modified broken figure, a new casting.|
In the meantime, I have been able to find out more about the Cyprus Hills Secret. Its not exactly what I thought but it would certainly have been a big scandal had it gotten out. Some readers may be glad to know that the Government of the United States was not involved but that is all for a future post.
|Security Guard of the Cyprus Hills Land and Transport Company. |
Miniature Molds copy of an I/R original.