The chimpanzee sculpture that I started three or four weeks ago is finally done! I really like this guy. As soon as I finish painting my kitchen I’ll make a stand for him.
This is a mixed media sculpture. The face was cast in Aqua-Resin, and the body was formed with paper mache over a clay master. When the paper mache was dry the clay was removed. Then I added texture (and the wrinkles on the fingers) with more paper mache and paper mache clay. When it was absolutely dry I sealed the sculpture and sprayed on a primer to prepare it for the iron coating from Sculpt Nouveau. When the second coat of iron coating was still wet, I sprayed it with Tiffany green patina (which causes the iron to rust). After allowing the patina to work it’s magic for about 24 hours I then sealed the sculpture with Sculpt Nouveau’s clear metal wax. I finished buffing him about 15 minutes ago, and I couldn’t wait to show him off.
By the way, since I’ve never used the iron coating before, I relied heavily on these videos from Brick in the Yard on YouTube.
I have never used such expensive materials in a sculpture before, (or such a complicated construction method!) but I love the way he came out. He’s about 12 1/2″ high, 14″ wide and deep. Click on the photos below to see them enlarged.