Friday, January 23, 2009

Teeth Casting

During Lee Post's week long visit volunteers practiced creating casts of Orca teeth. It will be necessary for us to create casts of the teeth once we receive our Orca skeleton. Because the natural Orca teeth have a root structure, and are not 100% Ivory, they do not fare well when left in place. We practiced replicating the teeth with a resin mixture. This resin sets within 20 minutes, turns white, is removed from the mold and is ready to be painted. We are exploring our options with plaster, resin and other mixtures. Maybe one day we will sell these casts in our gift shop!

Mixing the Resin.

Stephanie painting her cast!

John and Katherine ...having a blast.

The finished product looks very similiar to the real thing!

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