Feb 22, 2012

Is it a sculpt or a carving?

Actually it's both.  I formed the paper clay around a ball of foil, formed the basic face shape, and let it dry.

Then I carved the face shape the way I liked it, and sculpted more wet clay to shape the head better, and added the nose and mouth.

When it was dry, I did a little more whittling (I have a pocket knife with just the perfect blade.)  Interesting that it's almost easier to take away thin slivers of dried clay the way I want than it is to keep adding til I get the shape I need.  Some clay is wasted, but the outcome is very satisfying.

Today I finished with eyes, using the sculpting tools.  But one cool thing I discovered was that if you wet the dry clay after carving, you can rub out the sharper carve lines, and once THAT is almost dry, you can buff out a lot of the roughness with the back of a smooth tool, like a mini spoon.  Makes for a lot less sanding when dry.

This little one will be a cloth doll...the head is about the size of a golf ball, maybe a bit bigger.



As sculpting and carving go, this is pretty standard fare.  But I think I'm getting better.

7 comments:

  1. I haven't tried whittling dried clay...not sure that approach would fit me. Either way, your sculpt or carving is so nice...love the skinny neck!

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  2. Very sweet face, can't wait to see it all painted up.

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  3. It reminds me of your profile photo "before".

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    1. You know, I never noticed. Hmmm. I'd originally thought of giving her an older child's body, but the tiny body on that doll was really compelling. Thanks Judi!

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  4. This process is somewhat like what I do except the medium I work with is a much harder material when it dries. This is going to be one cute little girl.

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  5. Cannot wait to see the finished product. It's looks so sweet :)

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  6. Jan... "Is it a sculpt, is it a carving?"... does it matter; she is lovely! O.K., O.K., process IS important! Absolutely incredible carving and sculpting, given the size of her head. I can't wait to see her completed. Daryle

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