I’ve got about 6 weeks to go to finish 4 models. I am getting a lot of work done, but I’ve got a long way to go. I looked at a photo of the bedbug today and was a bit depressed to see that I will have to cover every square mm of its body with hair!
I have cast both halves of the bedbug using the vacuform insert and 5 minute epoxy in the mold. It’s not perfect, I will have to put in a number of hours of patching and sanding the cast. As I cast more, I get better casts, so by the time I get to the lice casting, I should be a bit more up to speed.
I had two volunteers in today, Stephanie Loeb and Nina Petrochko. Nina and I cast the second half of the bedbug and Stephanie took photos. Here they are:
The mold was prepared with butcher’s wax and vaseline. I mixed 3 cups of 5 minute epoxy with brown oil paint.
If I had more time, I would shave the plaster form used in the vacuforming so the insert would fit better. The lice are smaller than the bedbug and I should be able to undersize those before I make the vacuform insert.