Out of Africa

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A first casting of my giraffe and monkey, still on the casting tree. The giraffe has five - count ‘em, five! - sprues*, including one right in the middle of its face. This one’s going to be a lot of work to finish.

I’m still enjoying building my menagerie of animals. The quandary, as always, is what should I make next?

*Sprues are the “branches” on the casting tree. These are the path the molten silver takes through the mold to reach the giraffe and the monkey. The larger and thicker a piece is, the more sprues you have to attach to make sure enough silver gets through to cast the whole piece. My poor giraffe has one on the bottom of each foot and one right in the middle of his face, all of which I’ll have to remove by hand…