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The Blue-Footed Booby sculpture is finally done!
This project was supposed to be a simple tutorial showing how to make a bird sculpture stand up on two feet.
Then it kind of got away from me, and I kept adding to it. First, the Lady Booby needed a mate showing off his nice blue foot. Then I decided that they needed a base made with foam, something I’ve never done before, and it should look like a rock from the Galapagos Islands.
Lots of experiments, lots of playing around – but I think they came out OK. 🙂
However, you’ll want to watch the video to see the mistakes I made while I was learning how to use the hot wire tools, and when I glued the blue foam boards together. I learned a lot on this project!
- You can find the first video, showing how the armature was made, here.
- The second video, showing how the air dry clay was added.
- The third video, showing how they were painted.
Links mentioned in the video:
- The hot wire tool I bought (not a recommendation – I’ve only used it once).
- Gorilla Construction Glue
- Black Magic Craft glue video.
- Sureform shaving tool
- Silky Smooth Air Dry Clay recipe
- VanOaksProps Monster Mud 2.0 video
- Thinset mortar on Lowes
- The Mapei grout I used instead
- My waterproof garden gnome video series
- Magic Sculpt: It seems to have disappeared off amazon.com, but you could use Apoxie Sculpt or any other epoxy clay instead.
- My daughter’s video about mixing latex fur colors
Do you have tips and tricks for sculpting foam?
If you do, please let us know in the comments below. I’m obviously not an expert, so any advice you have would be much appreciated. 🙂
I think the finished Boobies look right at home on the shelf below one of my daughter Jessie Rasche’s abstract paintings. The two very different styles work really well together, don’t you think?