Workshop – Pewter – Sugar micePosted: January 25, 2014 | |
After buying my ceramic sugar mouse at Tent London, and making the wax casts of it I’ve become slightly obsessed with sugar mice. I think they might become my default motif/design for anything in future. So when we were being taught how to make something out of pewter by scraping into a block of dry plaster, I immediately settled on a sugar mouse.
It’s a relatively simple process, sorry I don’t have many pictures of how I did it. You begin with a block of dry plaster, making sure the side you’re working into is flat leaving no gaps when pressed against a flat surface (table etc). Scrape into the plaster, making sure there is a funnel that the molten pewter can travel down. Your design can be quite shallow if you want the object to be thin and delicate, but make sure the pewter can pour into every part from the funnel. We then clamped the plaster to a plank of wood which was sat in a sandbox, gave the funnel a quick blast with the blowtorch to get rid of any trapped air, and carefully poured the molten plaster into the funnel. Leave a few minutes to solidify, and you’re done!