Daily Sculptors Group Page

This is the new official page for the unofficial “Daily Sculptors Group.” Join the challenge to sculpt something every single day — and stay focused on improving your craft among friends.

The challenge is to do the work every single day. It isn’t about creating something that is perfectly finished or gallery-ready. If you show us your daily work it may encourage others to submit theirs, and together we might be able to vanquish Resistance and Procrastination, at least for one more day.

If you want to join us, use the comment section of this page as a journal. Share some of the challenges and insights that you gain from your work, and show off what you made today. Upload photos of your work, so we can see what you’ve been up to. If your images are too big, you can resize them quickly using this free online picture resizer.

Enjoy!

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  1. patti
    patti at |

    What type of varnish is best for large pieces? Spray? brush on? We are recreating the tea cup ride at Disney World on our Homecoming float and have made large tea cups using paper mache and your paper mache clay recipe. They are painted with acrylic paint and we would like them to have a ceramic like finish. Thanks!

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    1. Jessica Gray
      Jessica Gray at |

      I’ve used two types: Miniwax Polyurethane–which is a brush on, and Krylon Acrylic Coating (UV Resistant). Each has their problems and advantages.

      Miniwax can be bought at Home Depot. I don’t think it is terribly expensive. The advantage is that you can brush it on, and it doesn’t have an offensive odor. This is normally used to treat wood stains, so it is created for outside stuff. The problems? You have to be careful when applying it because it can “pool”. Also, it leaves a yellowish stain, so your whites will not be totally white. You can choose the gloss type, but even semi-gloss can make things very shiny…which may not always be what you want.

      I usually use Krylon. This is a spray. What I like about it is that it isn’t so shiny, which is nice for my “lifelike” sculptures. It doesn’t pool. It can be expensive, though if you get coupons from your local craft store, you can get it cheaper. The smell is a problem, particularly if you live in a humid state like I do. I don’t recommend using it inside. However, even outside, it is easy to get overwhelmed. I recently used it on my Havisham wall hanging, and I got so sick!

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      1. patti
        patti at |

        Thanks everyone. We went with the Krylon spray. It worked really well. Will post pictures once it is complete.

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  2. Melinda
    Melinda at |

    I’m currently in the middle of a giant head project. My plan is to use faux fur for the hair and not to do paper mache on the back of the head. Am I potentially making a big mistake in the overall structure stability this way?

    It’s got a stable foundation of cardboard with sculpting in newspaper and tape. Planning to do the paper mache clay for the finer facial details.

    Since this is a secret project for a costume contest I can’t share pictures until after Halloween. This website has been amazing for ideas and I welcome any tips.

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    1. Jessica Gray
      Jessica Gray at |

      Is this a costume you are keeping afterwards? I don’t see a problem unless you want to keep it for a long time.

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  3. chris
    chris at |

    hi ,finally my penguins are ready
    I am very satisfied :D
    I have worked very hard on
    greetings from belgium , chris

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    1. Nikki Lawing
      Nikki Lawing at |

      Wow! Those penguins are so beautiful! :D You did such a great job Chris!

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      1. chris
        chris at |

        thank you Nikki :D

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    2. Julie Ellis
      Julie Ellis at |

      Chris I love your penguins! How tall are they? They’re beautifully done and painted.

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      1. chris
        chris at |

        thank you Julie :D They are 12 inches high ,otherwise they could not in my glass (cabinet) closet , I have nine cats so must be careful :p

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  4. Christine Majul
    Christine Majul at |

    Lynn, I would love to see the finished product. I bet they will be beautiful and Santa and angel would be very nice come Christmas.

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    1. Lynn
      Lynn at |

      Worked on the pumpkin and bones today. Learned a lot about making them. the bones easy! The pumpkin. wait until you put the paper clay layer on and it dries before you take out the stuffing and bag. I just used elmers glue for the paper strips coats. It was NOT half as strong as using Jonni’s glue and plaster recipe.
      Still have one more layer of paint and the finish to do.

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  5. Lynn
    Lynn at |

    Been having fun this week while on fall break. Made a bunch of models from 1.5 liter bottles, crumpled paper, foil and tape. Made an angel, santa, snowman and wizard. I am also working on two pumpkins, 5 bones and an owl. Today I start the paper mache. Then I can complete them when I get home from teaching. At least on those days I have the energy :)

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