What you see here on the left is the cloth that represents the justice system. It is the low end. The other end will be part of the cloth rising off the table holding up something that represents unreasonable doubt. The whole thing is an illusion in that this cloth should not be holding anything up like that. It's an illusion like the many illusions the defence threw out there for us to decipher and decide if in fact he was telling the truth.
What I want to do and explain how I created a fold along that low end of this cloth.
In the photo below you see I rolled out a slab of clay and laid it on the existing one. Both of the long sides are rolled quite thin. That is because on the upper edge it's actually the end of the sheet and as it's silk, it must be quite thin. At the lower end It must be thin so I can create a seamless joint to suggest the cloth is folded and laying over the longer part of the sheet.
Two things. When I laid this new slab over the existing sheet of clay, I wet the lower edge with a clay slurry so there would be a good bond between the two.
Secondly, I had already rounded the end of the lower sheet to simulate a fold.
You can see below I've already smoothed out the left side so it will look like a continuous cloth folded over.
You can also see I put some folded newspaper under the lower slab, just to make it look like the silk is not just laying flat but has some kinks or fluctuations. Hopefully that will make things look more realistic and interesting.
In the photo below you see the results. Then I trimmed off the extra clay extending past the edge, the result being what you see in the first photo above at the beginning of this blog.
Next weekend I hope to talk about what I will place on the rising other end of the cloth. I am finding that getting an image that represents not only doubt but "unreasonable" doubt is hard to come by. I've had a few ideas but have rejected almost every one of them. But we will talk about that next time.