Sorry my computer is making me add some more for you to read. If you were to read my Interview, you would discover tat I have Post Polio yndrome and I lose my strength quite easily. Also 2 years ago, I had a heart attack and several strokes during by pass surgery, so I am terriblyt disabled, but can still use this media, without much trouble.If you have more questions, just write and ask me, and I'll do my best to help you along. Sorry for my typing too. jack
Nice armature. I use a lot of stainless steel tubing flattened and drilled and bolted together, then epoxyed. I've often thought of chicken wire and I see it works quite well. What type of clay do you use? I use all polymer clay, but I sculpt in full color using the color clay. I can get about 4000 shades to use instead of paint. Lots of work, but I think it's well worth the effort...jshapeshifter (jack) Thanks for sharing..........hope you liked what you saw when you visited my site.
Cheers im all clayed out for the time being as i no longer have access to a kiln. The polymer clays your using sound great and i see it works quite well how is it cured and how do you deal with colour transfer/contamination from your hands and tools during contruction? But more importantly is it an expensive medium to work with as you have to obtain units of all the colours you require but not use all of what you buy?
This may take me a week or so to explain, so here goes it. I create all of my pieces with a stainless steel armature to ensure a stronger sculpture. I onlly use Sculpey Premo Poymer clay that can be fired in your kitchen oven at 275 degrees. The colors re the tricky part. I call it "bridging" rather than mixing.I can "bridge" any color to any other color with a color change line. I've been practicing that for 13 years, and I finally got it right. On some of my pieces such as my Draon Azul, I have used more than 80 shades of clay. It's a lot of work and many people acuse me of being very patient, but in reality, if you were to read my DA Interview (link is on my profile page)you would see that I do not worry about how much work is left, but instead, I admire what I ghave accomplished that day, making patience a moot point. I usually use Sculpey High Gloss Glaze or Sculpey Satin Glaze to finsh my pieces. This all take pracice, practice, and then more practice, All in al the final results is what I'm after, much higher degree of detail, and much brighter color. It, to me is worth all the effort. The Sculpey Premo Clay is about $10.00/lb but you canget 2.5 onces for about $3.00. So it's not very expensive. I buy rather large amounts of eachcolor in case I decide to create many pieces at once. Contamination can be a problem, so you must have a clean surface to work on. I use a glass surface, that cleans up well. Tis clay is very heat sensitive and for pieces I create that have a great deal of detail, I sue a heat gun, rather than the oven. That takes practice too. This clay can burn quite easily, so you must be careful. Jshapeshifter (jack)
Ah i have used this before we call ita different name over here think its phymoo (not spelled corectly im sure!)its been a while.It has to be warmed in the hand to make it maluable for use and degrades quite fast if left out expossed to the air becoming brittle does that sound right, didnt realise it came in that many shades . I was using it to make replicas of Nick parks wallis and gromit characters Ardman animations
That would be Fimo clay. I dont ever use that...I always use Sculpey products, the shelf life is much longer and there is a better selection of colors. Sculpey is very sensitive to heat so I just use a hair dryer on it when I need to. Like I told you, I'm very slow and the Sculpey Premo seems to work much better. I had a friend that gave me some Fimo once and when I went to use it, it was already dried and wasted...I didnt even want to touch it. Also, if you fire polymer clay in your kitchen oven, make sure you have good ventilation, it's not dangerous, but can kick up an odor. That's another reason I have an artist's heat gun. It gets up to nearly 3oo degree F, and I can fire very extreme detailed pieces and I do it outside so the fumes are not a problem. The glazing also helps and so does the stainles steel armature.........good luck, jack