By E. J. Gold
Fantastically illustrated with educational photographs, this guidebook enables artists of all levels to create their personal unique clay sculptures. subject matters coated comprise step by step approaches on the right way to choose an armature, clay program, pointers on which instruments to exploit, and proposals for casting accomplished sculptures.
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37 Clay is what you call mud, the kind you step in in crossing a stream. They reduce it with heat, take out the water and replace the water with mineral oil to make Roma Plastilina, the professional sculptor’s choice for modeling sculpture. Building a sculpture out of clay is correctly called “modeling”. It has nothing to do with someone posing on a model stand. 38 Begin by slicing off 3/8” slabs from the larger block of Roma Plastilina with your double-handled wire tool. 39 Soft clay will load best onto your armature.
Another oil that's used commonly in painting and sculpture is mineral oil. Mineral oil is also known as baby oil. And it is also digestible except it shouldn't be given to small children because they can inhale it. If you swallow it, you're fine, it'll go right through the system, but if you inhale it, it goes into the lungs, even the slightest bit, and it's cumulative, and it never leaves the lungs. So you don't want to actually take it internally; there are better laxatives than mineral oil, but it is still used for that purpose.
Students working to assemble their armatures. 23 You can add pipe to change the form, but don't forget that in the case of undercuts or complex forms and masses, it must be chopped, cut or sawn off in order to make the mold, so you might want to consider a professional style wire armature if it's going to get cut apart. Pipe must be cut with a hacksaw. 24 Now you're ready to start sculpting a beginning head-form, but you might first want to know about professional commercial wire-built armatures.