Recently I've been working on something a little different to usual... I've been putting my practice at sculpting to good use in the re-enactment society I joined this year to try to produce some medieval seals, so that they can be attached to the bottom of charters and land grants. Now I've finished the first one, I thought it might be good to post them here as well so you can see what I've been up to recently...
First things first, I actually had to design the seal. This one is based heavily off of the seal of Robert FitzWalter, because it's so well preserved, however I've accounted for the later influences by the lack of heraldry and the horse design from Henry II's seal. I also made sure to space out the letters correctly
I then sculpted the basic master seal - this is the basis of all of this type of seal that'll be produced in the society, to save a significant amount of time sculpting. I left the lettering off, so I can take casts of this and add it later to those. Finally, the entire thing was given a coat of gloss varnish to help it stay together when moulding.
The first mould was made of this transparent material, which is softened by immersion in hot water. It took a while to find a material that'd work, but I was pointed in the direction of this and it does the job wonderfully.
Out of the mould comes this, the basic design for the seal in green stuff. As you can see, it needed a little tidying up, as the edges were rough and there were a few air bubbles.
I then sculpted the lettering on the ring around the edge, identifying the owner of the seal. Behold, the finished seal master.
Then I made the final mould of the seal, using this material instead, Gedeo's Siligum. I used it ages ago for a school project, but it works remarkable well for this purpose as well. It's designed to release objects well, so it doesn't stick to the seal master, and it easily allows the wax to come out at the end.
Finally, I poured
My name is Chris Nelson, I'm a hobbyist. I started around eight years ago with Lord of the Rings as my first system, however I prefer painting to gaming.
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