Hi, I am new to slip casting, firing slip cast, etc and hope I can get help here with a few beginner questions.
I am making a model of a giraffe and want to know what the best method to approach slip casting this form. The body of the giraffe will be hollow after pouring out the un-absorbed slip from the plaster mould but I am worried about the neck and head. The neck will be about 1.5" x 1" x 7" and the head about 1.5" x 1" x 2.5".
Should I try to cast this part of the body solid or hollow as the body?
Is there a safe guideline or ideal thickness for the walls if not making these parts solid?
Is this controllable besides by how much (dwell?) time the slip is left in the mould?
Are there tips that anyone can share to casting this shape or firing tips if making it solid? I have read about firing thicker pieces but I understand that this really should be avoided for the known reasons.
Thanks for any ideas, help, recommendations, etc!