Making and Knowing
A minimal edition of BnF Ms Fr 640 in English Translation

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Stripping animal

If you’d made such a twist to your snake that you can not stripped its belly easily of the mold, and if the head and the mouth are thinner, and easier to be removed, do cut away the extra parts of the mold, and do reheat the mold again. The matter inside will burn, then add some quicksilver inside which will attract ashes and burnt bones, the pipe will get wider, and your animal will get easily out of the mold without being damaged. You can strongly pull your molded snake, because it is soft and malleable, and your mold firm enough to keep its print undamaged.