This is one section of the replacement ornament. It is cast in-situ using a soft rubber mold. First, I determine where the larges floweres will sit, and I drive numerous small wire brads into those areas to reinforce the new flowers. I fill the mold with Water Putty and white glue, then carefully press the mold into place, using the existing flowers to orient the mold. I allow this to harden for 24 hours, and repeat for each section. The castings are sometimes crude or mis-shapen directly from the mold, some also have small air pockets. I fill these, and carefully re-sculpt the castings using wood carving tools.
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