Second Spire Gets Rubber Mold for Casting of Oak Lawn Monument
The rubber molding material takes over 30 hours to cure. It is painted over the clay forms layer by layer. To ensure that every detail is in contact with the rubber material, compressed air is sometimes used to force the rubber into the small crevices.
After the rubber layer cures, plaster will be put on top it it. It will then be “de-molded” and the rubber will have a final cleaning before the molds go to the foundry for casting.
Sunday marked a transition on the project from the creation/creative phase to the technical phase. All that remains is the fine craft of bronze work. Artist Blome certainly is a master craftsman in this regard. With his experience and talent, our Monument will be something that will inspire generations.