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Grassy Fae; Things Learned

  1. From the hand armature video I created and after making some hands in that manner, I cam to realize that the wire was poking out of the fingertips so what I started doing was cutting the wire shorter than the finger length on the paper printout so I can add more clay to the end of the fingers to cover up the wire at the tips pf the fingers.

  2. Here I also learned, the hard way, about stress cracks. So from now on I will resist the temptation to remove / handle my sculpt right after curing is done. I will let it cool completely inside the convection oven to prevent this. Safe to say I won’t be making this mistake again.

  3. I feel as though I’m closer to learning how to use Genesis Heat-set Paints. I don’t think I’m blushing correctly because I see how seamless other Artist’s paint-job’s are and mine don’t really come out that way …. yet. On this sculpt I found out to help that problem, dab your brush into the paint, then dab that onto the glass paint tray to lessen the amount of paint on the brush. After that lightly work the paint and then grab some paint on the brush from what you just spread out, lightly paint that on the sculpture to have a more even coat of paint. I found that works for me better than the previous method of going straight from paint jar to sculpture – it’s a softer effect.

  4. When making Faeries, as I’m covering the armature with clay to cure that and create an under-bake I guess you can call it (pictured below) making sure the chest area doesn’t have too much clay otherwise after you cure that and add the rest of the clay onto that previously cured clay and you go to make the wings, the wire won’t be able to go in too deep to the back because of the cure under-sculpt stopping the wire from going any deeper. And that depth is what the wire needs to be firmly in the sculpture.

  5. For me; Best glue for making hair wefts – Beacon Fabri-Tac glue. It comes off your fingers easily and doesn’t make a mess allowing you to work quicker. Best glue for applying wefts to head – Beacon 527 glue. It’s more precise glue if you want to avoid globs of glue showing anywhere and holds strong. Best glue for applying items directly on skin – Judi Kins Diamond Glaze. Best if you would rather the glue be fairly unnoticeable.

 Lastly, on this piece I accidentally came upon another technique for sculpting tiny toes that was far easier for me and yet maintained the realism and detail quality I’m going for in my pieces. What I do first is I still carve our and separate the big toe from all the other toes

 after that I simply “draw” in the other toes. I don’t actually separate each individual toe. The only toe that’s separated is the big toe and the rest are just “pressed” into the clay to create the illusion of separated toes.

Hope this helped shed some light for y’all.

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