Although Snug Craft is new, we’re all members of a family that has 30 years experience with metal casting, sculpture, and jewellery making. Here is the newest addition to the family (by marriage, not birth!) Angela Paling setting some new products into a mould, at this point the mould has already been worked on for a period of two days… that’s two days of hands on skilled worked. First we carefully set the pieces in a soft wax, spending time and effort to set the pieces at the right angle, height and distance from each other. The setting needs to be smooth, clean and accurate… it’s usually a day to a day and half’s worth of work.
Then we mix up a specialised rubber and begin to create the rubber mould, this will take two days to coat both sides and allow them to dry or “cure” This picture shows Angela coating the pieces in the second half of the mould. Often each mould depending on the pieces we set in them requires a different mix of rubber… some need to be hard and strong to cope because we want to pour the molten metal in hot and fast. Other times we opt for a more flexible rubber because the pieces are more structurally complex or delicate.
Hopefully we’ll be launching these new products at the Sutton Bonington Farmers Market on May 2nd