Note: I recently created a new lion mask pattern. It’s a great choice if you love lions but you don’t want to hand-sculpt a lion’s face out of clay and cast it in concrete. The downloadable lion mask pattern is made with cardboard pieces taped together, plus one layer of paper mache and that lovely raffia mane (made with a cheap table skirt). It isn’t waterproof, though, like the concrete lion in the video.
And now, back to the original post:
I finished the latex mold today, and I went to the store for the Quikwall concrete mix for the final sculpture. The lion head should be finished in a few days, after the concrete has had time to cure.
Someone asked why I didn’t use silicone instead of latex, and there’s two reasons – first, the latex is somewhat less expensive (but still not cheap!) and second, latex is the type of mold that’s often used by people who make concrete garden art. I assume there must be a reason for that. I believe I read somewhere that it holds up well when concrete is poured into it many times. I only intend to make one or two lion heads, but you never know. 🙂
I apologize for the iffy focus on the video – my camera doesn’t work well so early in the morning.