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Hi Jim, nice work on the Delage. The amount of detail you can get on the pattern the better, it all depends on what is used for the pattern. I normally rough out the shape in balsa which is not good for fine detailing/finish which is why I take a resin casting of the balsa shape and detail the shell up from there and recast. I have also made patterns from 'chemical wood' which is great for detailing and finish and I can cast a finished shell straight from that but that makes a lot of mess when roughing out the shape which is why I prefer the first method.

The only thing to remember is you will get and exact copy of whatever you mould from so if there's a poor finish on the pattern there will be the exact same finish on the mould/resulting casting.
 
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