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Grounds
04-02-2007, 08:03 PM
This is a relatively new sculpture, done in clay. It is about 10" high, 6" deep and 6" wide. This was actually a first attempt with clay sculpture, but I thought it turned out ok.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Apr-2007/103504-christmas06art_029_Medium.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Apr-2007/103504-christmas06art_036_Medium.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Apr-2007/103504-christmas06art_043_Medium.JPG http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/02-Apr-2007/103504-christmas06art_053_Medium.JPG

whizzysha
04-02-2007, 09:09 PM
:) I'm not really one for sculptures, but I LOVE this!

Grounds
04-02-2007, 09:54 PM
Thanks, like I said this was my first attempt.

Wilsonart
04-03-2007, 12:35 AM
I think it turned out more than "okay".
Like it lots! Paint dripped with acrylic?

Lynxes123
04-03-2007, 01:23 AM
Wow this is really neat...this reminds me of an abstracted human skull and I love all the color dripping down! :clap: :thumbsup:

RTT
04-03-2007, 01:25 AM
Please do tell more about your process. The idea of incorporating sculpture and painting is something I have thought about for a long time so I'd like to know what has worked for you (even if this is your first attempt - it works!)
Thanks,

Florence
04-03-2007, 09:31 AM
Looks great :clap: I'd like to know how you did the finish too.

Grounds
04-03-2007, 11:23 AM
Thank you so much for all your kind words. I will say first that since this was my first attempt the process was based solely on trial and error. I began using a solid piece of clay and carved away until I rendered the figure that was in my head. After the clay dried I dripped acrylic paint over the entire piece to give it a little more distinction, that and I just don't like the look of bone dry clay. Once the paint had dried for a couple of days I then applied a coat of general purpose polyuretane to give it more luster and protection. Again thank you for the kind words.

Darabos
04-03-2007, 05:18 PM
very cool creepy.
i would have liked to see more defined colors though.
considering that the figure is already really abstracted kinda,
i dont think you needed to have the colors as such as well.

azyl
04-03-2007, 06:29 PM
This is wonderful! Me likes!!!

RTT
04-03-2007, 07:08 PM
It sounds like the clay was just air-dried, not fired?
I have wondered for a long time if a good coating of acrylic paint over unfired clay would give it sufficient strength. Years ago, I had an unfired sculpture that wasn't painted or anything and unfortunately (but not too surprisingly) it eventually got bumped or dropped and broke.
What are your thoughts based on this piece and other experience you may have? Thanks,
Randy

Grounds
04-03-2007, 07:15 PM
The clay I used was a self hardening clay that is not supposed to be fired. I think I got it through Dick Blick. As far as my thoughts on it, I really couldn't say much since I really don't have that much experience with clay in general. However, the clay is quite easy to work with and as long as you don't go to thin it doesn't seem to get too brittle. I haven't had a chance to put this particular clay to test on the potters wheel yet, but I plan to in the next week or two, I have to finish up some other work first though. The wheel should be the true test of the self hardening clay, when I finish something new I will let you know how it turns out.

RTT
04-03-2007, 07:30 PM
Thanks Clint. Self hardening clay eh? Well that makes me feel old and out of the loop :) It's been 10 or 15 years since I've done any clay work, I don't remember anything like this back then. I guess I've got to do a bit of research and maybe give this stuff a try. I got out of using clay because of the difficulties in getting work fired. This material could be just the answer. Thanks again,
Randy