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05-04-2015, 11:27 AM
This was (still is I think) the largest victorian chimney in britain and a reminder of how the northwest was powered but the cotton industry. It is now the nesting ground for peregrine falcons.


Sculpture is polymer clay, 13cm high

05-04-2015, 05:56 PM
Wonderful sculpture. Like how you included the car for scale and the texture on the ground plane. I'm so ignorant about sculpture but intend on learning some day. Do you have to bake this or does it dry hard? Would you use this to make a mold for mass reproduction? Just curious. Nice work!

05-04-2015, 08:45 PM
Hey artchrispy, yes this is sculpey firm you bake for about 8-15 minutes depending on thickness. Its great stuff to work with compared to plasticine etc.

05-04-2015, 11:54 PM
Very cool. Must be quite the monument in real life.

05-05-2015, 11:47 AM
This is really interesting and well done too. I also like it that you included a car for scale - the chimney is really tall! I'm curious about so many things about this. How did you shape the sculpey clay; did you construct a mould first? I'm also very curious about the location of the actual chimney. Is it in the country? Or? Is it considered to be historic and worthy of preservation or did it survive because it happened to be more or less out of the way of "progress." Why was a chimney needed for the production of cotton?

It really is impressive - both the original chimney and your sculpture of it. Good work!

05-06-2015, 04:41 AM
Hey annie, I sculpted in sections, you can then sand and glue with liquid sculpey in the oven to keep it all in line. I did start sculpting as a block but didnt see the point once it began warping and squishing the back faces as I progressed.

I presume the chimney was an exhaust for huge steam engines for the cotton machines. It is preserved for historic or listed reasons yes, although unfortunately that does not seem to matter with the rest of the area of Blackburn, we lost some old buildings around here lately, perhaps I should get out and paint them before there are none left.