David shows off one of his cast bat plaques.
Painted with "leather-brown" paint, it looks like it's made from chocolate.
This edge-on view of the original bat highlights the challenge - he's not flat on the back.
David temporarily gave the original bat a flat back. He did this by tracing the original bat on a piece of masonite. He then fastened the original to the masonite and used plasticine clay to build up a wall, projecting the bat down onto the masonite.
The original is shown next to the rubber mold made from it.
Because of the size of the piece, and difficulty in keeping it
unbent while the plaster hardens, a "mother mold" was constructed.
The top bat is unpainted plaster, as it comes out of the mold.
If you want the castings to look like real animals, use a flat paint instead of glossy.
Or consider flocking them.
This close-up of the original black bat and a brown-painted casting shows that the
casting preserves all the detail of the original.
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