Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Clay Build-Up Nº 1 : Feet

Today I'm working on making a clay build-up for the feet. A clay build-up is used to divide a multi-piece mold along the parting line(s). I will be using these molds to cast carving-wax feet. I've procrastinated long enough. As you can see from the photo, I made a couple of wood molding boards and coated them with a couple of coats of orange shellac. This makes it easier for me to pick the feet up and turn them around when I'm adding clay. I'm using oil-clay for the build-up because that is what I have available in the studio right now. Using oil-clay, I don't have to worry about it drying out if I set it down and forget about it for a few days. Likewise with the wax feet. Plus, the oil-clay and the wax are reusable, a property that rates high on my scale of good sculpture materials.

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