Well, I finally got my most recent shadowboxes in my Etsy shop, so pop on over and buy a few....okay? LOL
As I mentioned in my last post, I just started on Lynn Steven's (my winter giveaway winner) sculpture, and I had only gotten this far:
So I worked for as long as I could yesterday (1.5 hours) and step by step I'm going to show you how far I got, kind of like a tutorial.........so come along!
|Okay, so here is the Styrofoam and wire armature. |
As you can see, most of this sculpt will be
Styrofoam, and very light.
|Here's the armature in relation to the image Lynn has|
picked as her sculpt.
|I get the 1 pound packages of "Paperclay," wholesale, and I only|
open one at a time. I then cut the block into quarters, and place it
in an airtight Ziploc baggie. I only use one quarter of the
pound block at a time to prevent drying out.
|These are the tools I work with most often. I use a very thick|
cardboard tube to roll out my clay, a knife, wire cutters,
pliers, craft knife, ruler and 20-22 gauge wire that I have
doubled and twisted for legs and arms.
|I usually keep one to two "ice-cream" buckets, (yeah, we|
eat the cheap stuff) of water handy for moistening the clay
as I work, and to wash my hands in between tasks.
|I roll out my clay to about 1/4" thick, and depending on what|
I'm placing it on first (i.e. the head to start with), I usually keep
the piece whole, lift it up, dip it in water and proceed to the next
|I place the whole piece on the head part of the|
sculpt, and then proceed to smooth it down.
|Once I've conformed it, somewhat, I then proceed to|
rolling out more clay and continuing the process,
until the figure is covered.
|As you can see here, I've gotten most of the|
body covered. It's in a very crude shape at this
time, and I will continue working, and
smoothing with both my hands, and my
little kitchen knife.
At this point, I will let him dry and crack for a few days, and then begins the real work. Once I start "carving detail, and reshaping him (using my Xacto craft knife), I will then cover him with a layer of gesso and then proceed to the painting step. At this point, I will ponder whether I am going to make his little ski hat out of a knit fabric, or clay, and decide whether to create the garland of holly leaves and berries around his neck using silk plants or clay. I really prefer to make everything out of clay, but due to shipping and excessive handling, I will tend to go the fabric route just for safety sake. I hate for my sculpts to arrive damaged, and detailed items like the holly necklace would definitely suffer in transit.
My next post will be of the carving, painting and finishing steps..........I hope you decide to hang around to see the progress.
Lot's of hugs,