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The expense on mold and casting goo and on supplies is high for me, while the result half-way: all cows in one posture and painting required.
A while ago, two g-daughters sat down to make cows for me. One went to sculpting right away in femo. The other gave up after a while, took an example cow I gave them to gauge size, and tried, unsuccessfully, to make a femo mold. I’ll ask her to invent something cheaper than Micro Mark :)))
I will try silicone in a simple project: embed a mosaic of beach-polished glass pieces into a “pane” of silicone — for my styro stone structures. I could pour silicone direcly into the mold of window framing, with glass pieces laying on a smooth material and peel off when hardened. But some pouring precision needed, so I will start from making it separate and attach it to the back of the wall behind the window opening, f.ex. with pins and silicone.
Re 50 cows total in barn and meadows…
European commercial farm, total cow freedom, individual milking (contact with farmer and cow health monitoring)… no GMO fodder… standing, lying down straight and on the side, rising, eating from trough, drinking from fountain, pooing, munching in the meadows, calving, moving around, being milked or scratched by a cow scratcher 🙂
More cow fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s794PotiW5A
Who said animals don’t have souls?
I did my research:
It’s to be lift-up-the-roof educational model, if I ever finish it. All dairy farms in the neighbourhood (schol classe excursions), are NWO corporate: GMO fodder only. On milking carousels cows rear-end the milker, pooing GMO diarrhea. They are never let out onto grass acreages surrounding the barns; I drive by often and never see them outside… The only time outside is as calf in little plastic house with 7×7 ft. fenced muddy yard.
I plan to have sand beds and rounded curbs, cow scratchers, free exit to the meadows, automatic fodder mixing from silos, auger feeding, individual milking, veterinary corner and automatic health monitoring, mechanical removal of excrement to underground processing into bio-gas… Calving (more space/cow) and heifers separate (prevention of infections from adult cows)… Ventilation system, controlled window openings…
Adjacent converted old barn:
– the attic: electronics/electrical, solar battery storage and heat exchangers (that floor is finished — from computer circuits, misc. electrical parts, and drink straws)
– ground floor: milking and veterinary, entry from spacious modern barn, entry to lean-on calving room
– 1st floor: cheese factory, milk pumped from ground floor tanks…