Before i begin part 4 of this feature i must apologise for the 'dark' pictures. To save time i simply 'grabbed' screen shots directly from the video i shot as i made this into a HOW TO video for my extensive YouTube listing. I did not realise however that someone had altered my cameras light settings until after i had shot all the sequences. Of course by this time the dolphin armature was half burried in plaster & so i could not simply re-shoot everything without going all the way back to the begining. I must also at this point point out or rather explain WHY i did it the way i have. When making a plaster cast or mold it IS best to use clay or plasticine to form the 'base' around the first half of the object being cast or molded. Since i don't have ANY of one (the clay) or an abundance of the other (plasticine) I am using stiff card stock. Will this work? Well that remains to be seen but i personally don't see why it shouldn't, but i guess we will just have to find that out together as a learning curve lol. Right here is how i proceeded with the next stage of this section of the project.
Having completed the Dragon Skin 3D painting of the dolphin once it was dry i varnished it with a clear varnish. I did this even though this IS just a copy piece NOT the final dolphin form simply because Dragon Skin unless sealed WILL absorb water & then crack to different degree's (depending on how soaked it gets after initially applied & dried). So as you can see the varnish was required.
The next step was to create a board around the dolphin form to contain the plaster when added. This would normally be done using modelling clay or plasticine, but i explained this prior. Using stiff card stock i chose a larger piece of card than the dolphin form & cut out a crude dolphin shaped hole in the card.