Hi Michael, I read your posting to the Orchid List, yesterday, with a
mixture of appreciation and bewilderment, and thought I’d better ask
you, before proceeding with my own experimentation… (Concerning
that appreciation, can I take you up on your offer to Will and
others of a free sample of your company’s “Quick Sil” RTV compound?
If shipping to a P.O. address is a problem, please contact me
off-list and I’ll gladly provide you with a suitable shipping
address.) As far as the bewilderment’s concerned, I’m more than a
little curious about how you’d make an effective casting of a porous
material such as tree bark, especially one as dimensionally unstable
once wet (unless the RTV is to be painted onto the tree…).
For one thing, wouldn’t your RTV compound adhere to the bark to such
a degree as to render the two inseparable? If a releasing agent were
first applied to the wood/bark, wouldn’t it be absorbed by the
latter, leaving you either back where you’d started, or swelling the
bark, substantially? If not, could you please explain why not?
Thanks, Michael, I look forward to hearing/reading your reply. 'Til
All my best, Doug Douglas Turet, GJ Lapidary Artist, Designer &
Goldsmith Turet Design P.O. Box 162 Arlington, MA 02476 Tel. (617)
325-5328 eFax (928) 222-0815 email@example.com