I'm just getting my feet wet with sculpting a set of gauntlets out of clay, and I'm looking for suggestions on the best way to go from there. It's also important that I can somehow preserve my original work in case I need to make another set down the road.
For example, do I.....
1. sculpt the gauntlets
2. make a plaster mold of the gauntlets
3. make a positive casting of the gauntlets in plaster
4. vacuum-form plastic over the plaster casting
5. put the mold away for safe-keeping
Is this the best way to go? I was just curious about how those of you who make these things from scratch go about reproducing them from start to finish.