Sea Serpent Step 4: Neurosis
Please tell me all the mortar isn't going to dry, crack and fall off:
I also made what I think is a mistake. I decided to do the top first, wait for him to harden and cure, then do the bottom. But now I don't know that I can lay him on his side without something breaking.
Ugh, this is the part where I start agonizing about everything!!
I've misted him good and have him covered where he will sit overnight. But I'm not sure how solid that tail will firm up. It wants to move. I'm almost thinking about casting a large oval, filling it with concrete and setting him on top of it so he's got a base. That would keep the two "ground" pieces from shifting and he'll remain good and solid. Or will I be pleasantly surprised in a few days when he's cured up a bit that he'll be hard as a rock and won't budge an inch?
This is the part I hate about never doing this before! LOL
And, boy, did he get heavy! I don't know why, but I thought he'd end up like paper mache or something. He most definitely is going to weigh a few pounds when he's done.
This was fun to mortar, though. I'm IMMENSELY happy I started him as tightly crunched newspaper. I never had to worry about the mortar falling all the way through. Unless I'm making something large where that's impractical, I think I'm going to stick with my newspaper core on these types of things, because it did pay off in this step.
So, will one of you wonderful women of experience tell me everything will turn out alright? LOL