Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Part Two of the Spring Giveaway Sculpting Tutorial

Hi Everyone,

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.
I "stuck" the bee form into the
hive to give me an idea of the
scale and position of the final
piece.  Although it seems like
I'm making them permanent,
they are not.  I need to be
able to work on each piece
separately, so they will stay
this way until the end.
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.

Big Hugs,


Holly- Girls At Heart said...

Oh Mary, you give good tutorials! It drives me crazy trying to put one together! Your opening kitten card is soooo cute! ♥

A Vintage Chic said...

It looks fabulous, Meri! Can't wait to see it all finished, but your tutorials along the way are just wonderful!

Hope your day is going well, and that things are calming down a little for you, my friend!


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Very cool!! Thanks for sharing the process! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

My Vintage Mending said...

Miss Meri, I have determined I need an in house tutorial. These just turn out gorgeous. Whimsical and lively. I better stick to my fabric...smiles..Renee

Dezinaworld said...

Wow so creative and clever, I love what you make and cant wait to see more
hugs June xxxxxx

Lynn Stevens said...

Its looking so cute Meri, great tutorials, makes me want to give it a go!
hugs Lynn

Tracy Suzanne said...

Hi Meri. I can't believe how you make those sculptures by hand. You're so talented. Tutorial or no tutorial I wouldn't have a chance of snow in FL of making one look like you do. I love watching the process.

Thanks for stopping by to visit. It was such a nice surprise. Also thanks for telling us about Donna & Fezzik, I had no idea. I'm heading there now.

Love...Tracy :)

Brynwood Needleworks said...

You're a good friend, Meri. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.