Wednesday, August 14, 2013
|Starting with random shapes based on square,|
circles and triangles...
THEN... i identified the "familiar" shape...
|Figuring out the 3 dimensionality of the 2D sketch|
|Front, 3/4 view and back views for the mold.|
The clay mold depicted here was an attempt to create the SHM (Shrunken Head Man) logo in 3D. It was interesting and fun to create something that it has only been seen in 2D, as a drawing/stamp. My very first clay sculpture with oil based clay, ivory color.
This is my first attempt to create a wood sculpture. My ideas were: first, a small elephant which was totally adorable and cute, and the second option was a gnomon head. Well, my classmates and teacher told me to go for the gnomon head... Pretty challenging, but it turned out really cool! This head was done with Bass wood and its cost was $7.00 for the block.
|This the base for the SHM tentative head sculpture|
|Placing the "head"|
|The clay mode is ready for the plaster...|
|Preparation materials and mold already done|
|Afterwards... below is the process|
|Preparation: dividing the clay mold in half with aluminum sheets.|
It will have different colors to distinguish the
front/back of the object
|Adding a layer of Mold Release|
|Preparing to pour the Urethane (Rubber)|
|Preparation with a plastic container in case of leaks|
|The plaster and the rubber poured|
|Waiting to cool off... So interesting! It gets hot!|
|After removing the aluminum shields...|
|Ready to be opened...Notice here the different colors.|
While preparing the plaster mix, blue colorant is added
to the plaster
|Make a groove (notice the different colors to separate the front|
and the back of the object. File the division making a groove
before attempting to open with a sharp tool
|Opening the mold|
|Removing the clay|
|Filing and smoothing it out to |
remove the "undercuts"
|Tools used to shave the groove and |
to open the mold
|After removing the clay, check the |
fitting of both sides
Mix both parts according to directions on bottle
|Preparation: on the left, a clay sculpture as model|
on the right, the initial sketch for the first trims
on the machine
|Line drawing preparing for the first cuts. Side view|
|Front view, after the first trims|
|Side view, after first trims|
|Use clay mold to check cuts and proportions|
of the head
|Trimming for the proportions. Cuts where done|
just enough for placement of face features, with
plenty of wood to be carved into the actual features
|Preparation on the table vice. Clay mold |
|Shaving proportionally for features.... some parts|
of the wood might surprise you and be challenging
to be carved. Use your imagination!
|"Good" side of the wood...|
|Noticed the left side of the face and how it went|
flat. It would just chip away...
|Eventually I carved far enough that was giving|
me problems was removed...
|Clay and Bass wood Gnomon Sculpture|