Bust Sculpture Materials Questions
- Hello -
I am interested in being flooded with suggestions on the following:
While I was at university, I had access to wonderful studios, kilns
and clays to do busts of both realistic and fantasy oriented
creatures. Now I find myself wanting to dabble again, but I haven't
the opportunity. I see my options for creating being limited to one
of the following plans:
- papier mache
- non-drying clay to sculpt and from which to make castings
- air-dry clay
My goal is to make light-weight (meaning pieces that might be hollow
to conserve materials) busts (from the chest up) of human or human-
like creatures. I'd like to have the satisfaction that I had when
smoothing clay about with my hands, but it's freedom, versatility,
low-cost and independence that I'm after above all else.
I'm new to anything technically beyond sculpting in earthenware clays
and firing, so I'd love to hear detail of what my options for low-
tech, non-fired, hand-built items might be.
Please offer advice if you can...
- Hi TSLThey make a number of good air dry clays that work fairly well andusually aren't too expensive since it has become an alternative for schoolsrather than have kilns.When I was in a similar situation to yours I used Super Sculpey, butit has gotten pretty expensive to use. You can minimize the amount youuse by making an armature of wire and foil and a thin skin of Sculpeyor air dry clay etc. You couldn't do this with fired clay or it would blowup! Sculpey bakes in your oven and can have moulds made from it quiteeasily.Good luck and please let us know how it goesbestLeila~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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