Note: I recently created a downloadable pattern for a lion mask. It’s a great choice if you love lions but you don’t want to hand-sculpt a lion’s face out of clay and cast it in concrete. The downloadable lion mask pattern is made with cardboard pieces taped together, plus one layer of paper mache and that lovely raffia mane (made with a cheap table skirt). It isn’t waterproof, though, like the concrete lion in the video.
And now, back to the original post:
I took some time off this weekend to work on a clay model that I can then use to make a concrete lion head for my garden wall. (The wall itself is still on the to-do list). When I asked if people would be interested in watching me make a latex mold that could be used to make concrete garden art, several people said “yes,” so I now have an excuse to make something I’ve wanted for years.
I didn’t go into great detail on exactly how to sculpt a lion’s head – for something like that I need to find a better way to situate the camera. It’s way too hard to work around the tripod using the setup I have now. Maybe that’s also on my to-do list.
As soon as the weather turns warm again and the studio dries out a bit, I’ll seal the leather-dry clay model and start making the latex mold. I should be able to put that video up sometime this week, if the weather cooperates. The air is so damp right now, the latex would take forever to dry. (But at least the tornadoes missed us, so far, at least. Whew!)