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  1. Paula
    Paula at |

    Jonni, I watched your videos on making your raven. That was very helpful to me. At one point you say that you wrapped the form with plaster cloth, then a thin layer of your clay. What is a “thin” layer?

    I won’t ask any more questions until I try it myself:-) Thanks again.

  2. Pamela
    Pamela at |

    Thank you, Jonni, for your rapid response. I’m excited to get started. I’ve missed sculpting and find myself more than ready to try this new recipe. You’re my inspiration..Thanks so much for sharing your secrets…..A big fan, Pamela Smith

  3. Pamela
    Pamela at |

    Love your work, Jonni….fell in love w/the baby elephant as seen on UTube, but can’t find the pattern. Also don’t see the link for the raven body shapes. I’m not good w/computers, so I might just be missing where these links are…Help…and thanks.

  4. Michael
    Michael at |

    After seeing you Chihuahua. I got inspired to do sculpture again. I did some nice Modigliani heads many years ago. I enjoy watching your videos on building methods. I want to join this group. I hope the soft work with paper will be easy on my arthritic hands. As wood carving is rather difficult now. Thanks again Jonni for the inspiration.

  5. mike jacobson
    mike jacobson at |

    On a project like this, which tools do you generally use? What kind of sculpting or smoothing items do you find most useful?


  6. mike jacobson
    mike jacobson at |

    This is amazing. I love the metallic look and the Crow looks as though its about to leap, very nice.

  7. June Pegram
    June Pegram at |

    Hi Jonni! I am a fan and fellow sculptor. I find tearing piece after of piece of masking tape from the roll a very daunting task. I finally had enough and created a dispenser. I took a plastic shoe tote ( you can find in the home organization section of any store), dowel rod, hack saw blade and super strong tape ( I used metal duct tape- the actual aluminum type not the common type). Cut two matching holes on either side of the short ends of the box about 1.5 – 2 inches up from the bottom (there is a good reason for it being low). Made small enough holes that the dowel fit snuggly and did not move. Pushed the dowel from the outside of box into box and prior to pushing it out the other side added all of my masking tape rolls-lined up to unroll in the same direction) onto the dowel ( about 10 rolls). Now at the top of the outside long edge of the plastic box I carefully taped the hacksaw blade, just high enough for the serrated edge to peek over the plastic edge. Make sure that is nice and secure, but taped so it can be changed out later on (reason I did not glue it). Now you have all of the tape you need readily at hand and not have to put down your art to tear tape. The box will still move around so I suggest screwing it down to a table if you want it secure, this will ensure- one hand usage.
    June Pegram

  8. Laura Lunsford
    Laura Lunsford at |

    You say you used super sculpey for the beak without baking. Does that mean you just covered it with the paper clay and let it dry? I really like the open mouth, so would like to give it a try.
    Been busy online buying glue,etc. not readily available here in the boonies in Colorado.
    Again thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent. You are awesome.

  9. PiperPixie
    PiperPixie at |

    Thanks for sharing that with us! Was interested to know that tid bits left out previously:) Thanks!

  10. C hristine Majul
    C hristine Majul at |

    Thank you for that short tutorial, it does give a little more information and ideas how to proceed.

  11. Jesse Holman
    Jesse Holman at |

    Dear Jonni,
    Thank you so much for sharing all of your “know how”. Your work is amazing! I am planning on having a naturalists wedding in November and now (due to your amazing tutorials) Im going to have my dream decor for my big day! Thank you so so much.
    Very Best

  12. Marilyn
    Marilyn at |

    Jonni, Your Bunny is just so adorable, and thank you for the crow armature. Some day I would like to make a crow :-) but I have to finish the ones I’m working on now.

  13. Joanne Gennarella
    Joanne Gennarella at |

    The same thought occurred to me – but for your rhino. Now that was an armature accomplishment that I would have liked to see! Maybe you can add this to your hopefully in progress completed rhino video. I remember once I made a pretty impressive elephant – the old and unimproved way – using chicken wire, paper and tape. Many scratches and cuts later it was complete, but the legs and ears where the challenge. My thoughts were that your rhino could have presented you with some similar problems – stability, strength in the legs area and the like.


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