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Finished Interim Creation 02; Things Learned

As this was my first try at a mermaid sculpture, I’m very happy with how it came out overall. Now for things learned;

1 ) Flat-back pre-made eyes: These I found are really only good for creating sculptures that will be looking straight ahead and not looking off to the side with their eyeballs only. Reason being that the flat backs are pointy oval shaped and the edges of the eyes could potentially poke out the side of the head or make your eyeballs look mispositioned like below

flat-backs sticking out the side not creating a “fitted” eye socket.

2 ) Creating proportionate, good-looking ears: Normally, I see artists sculpt the head then add clay to the sides of the head t create the ears. I came to realize that for my style of sculpting, that method wasn’t doing it for me. So, I came up with this; I actually make the head bigger and poofier head by adding more clay o the side of the head before I start sculpting the ears area, like so

here you can also see were I mentioned before how the flat-backs don’t align to the head in the eye socket.

then sculpting the ears into the head (pictured below) so I don’t have to add clay. Then, I just shave off the excess clay and shape as usual.

3 ) Wigging: So, I’d been kind of confused about the wigging of a doll. I regards to whether I should cut a hole / slit in the sculptures skull or just glue the wefts of hair onto the scalp. I found out you have to plan your hairstyle. Meaning; if you want your hairstyle to have a part down the middle of the top of the head like a simple parted hairstyle, then, yes, you have to cut a hole into the head before you cure the head for that hair split to be created. If you’re going to create a hairstyle that doesn’t require a hair-part, like an intricate, fancy hairstyle, then no hole is required in the head.

Q: When do I apply the hair ? Do I cure the doll with it already glued on ?

    A: You apply the hair at the very end. It will / should be the last thing you add to the sculpture. The “finishing touch”. Reason: the glue on the hair wefts will melt and the slide off if you do your final cure with the hair already on the sculpture.

Q: When do I apply the fins ?

    A: Here you’ll apply the same principle as above for the hair and really, for the same reason. If you attach the fins then you do your final cure, there’s a good chance the film you made the fins with will shrink, burn, re-shape drastically and not look at all like you intended it to look. So you can attach the fins right after you attach the hair or attach the fins then the hair. Either way, have both of those items be your “finishing touch” as they as items that can be “damaged” by the heat of a final cure.

Here’s the finished sculpture

Find the above sculpture’s gallery of images here:

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