Mercy is out of the mould, pretty much intact. The glaring white and pitted plaster does her no favours. Into the kitchen sink with her. I could work at the studio, but my home sink is the right height and has good light and a view onto the garden. Normal kitchen life is suspended once again. First I search out any holes, air bubbles, proud seams, cracks and bits of rubber from the mould. After a dowsing with water I mix small amounts of plaster and do some ‘mending’. Then the refining work begins, using fine ‘wet and dry’ sandpaper. Once I am happy with the surface I take the bright whiteness of the plaster back a little, by applying tea. I love how this ages the sculpture. A final rub-down with sandpaper enhances the contrasts. We are ready to mount her on the black wooden block and get photographing.