Whew.......have I been busy. It's taking me longer to get this spring giveaway sculpture done as life keeps throwing interruptions along the way. However, I've got a little bit more of the tutorial here, which I'll call "Part Two" and hopefully it's a little more detailed for you. Now the sculpture itself is actually farther along, but I'm not gonna' post the final product until it's finished and I'm done with this multi-part tutorial. So without further ado.....
|I start with a double twisted (14 gauge)|
wire and create this "hump" with the
ends bent out to the sides.
|I staple the ends (making sure they point|
opposite of each other) to the wood base.
|I place the cone of Styrofoam (which I|
had already cut the top half off of)
over the wire form and push it down
flush with the wooden base.
|I then cut the top "loop" of the wire form|
and bend the ends away and over the
edge of the top. This holds the foam
securely in place.
|I roll out my first "rope" of clay!|
|I place the rope of clay around the|
base as the first layer of the hive.
|I continue placing ropes of clay,|
stacking them, all the way to the top.
|At the top, I add a small rounded dome|
of clay to finish it off.
|I twist and bend two pieces of 22 gauge|
wire to create this length which will be
used as the "arms" of the bee.
|I've stuck a round Styrofoam ball on to|
an egg shape using a toothpick. This
is the body of the bee. I then stick the
wire "arm" piece into the body, and
glue it in place.
|Here both pieces have clay on|
them, and are positioned to
dry together for visual
|Here I have let the pieces dry and crack|
together. I will then do repair filling and
proceed to sculpting.
Coming up next: Part Three which will show some sculpting and shaping. I should be posting part three in the next two days, so stay tuned.
I've also got a few other pieces in the works for a special project which I will tell you all more about soon.
Have a great week everyone, and if you all could send some extra love in the direction of "BrynwoodNeedleworks" for Donna who lost her beloved corgi Fezzik a few days ago. He was exceptionally special to her and she's in need of prayers and love. Thank you.