I made a cement lamb sculpture this week, to go with my little farmer. It’s made out of Quikwall, which you can usually get at Lowes or Home Depot (but not in some places – I have no idea why). Quikwall is a fiber-reinforced mortar that’s called a surface bonding cement, and I’ve seen a number of people use it for garden sculptures. This is the same stuff that Julie used on her mountain lion and other outdoor sculptures, in fact.
I used a wire armature, much like the ones used in my book about making the little dogs, but I used very heavy wire that I bought at the local farm store. I think if I made this lamb out of paper mache clay instead of cement I’d use a cardboard pattern instead of the wire, just because it’s easier on a sculpture this size. It would be possible, I suppose, to use cardboard inside a cement sculpture, too, if all of the paper was covered with plastic tape so it wouldn’t absorb water when the cement was added. I haven’t tried it, so that’s just a guess.
The process I’m using isn’t condoned by the ferrocement experts, so be sure to read up on how it’s really “supposed” to be done if you want to make a cement sculpture that’s guaranteed to last forever. In this case, I’m happy if the little lamb lasts for a few years, and I can’t see any reason why he won’t.
Even though I enjoyed the simplicity of this design, I’m now rather tempted to go back and make a a detailed sculpture of a newborn lamb, the ones that are all legs and look so adorable. If I did that, I’d use the cement recipes that I used for the rock person. The fibers in the Quikwall make it difficult to get fine details, but that made it perfect for the lamb I made this week.
Links to items mentioned in the video:
Cement sheep sculptures: http://thouartuseful.com/2013/02/19/cement-sculpture-workshop/
Book: Make Animal Sculptures with Paper Mache Clay: http://goo.gl/lOCy3E
Fiber-cement recipes: http://www.makersgallery.com/concrete/howto1b.html
How cement sculptures are supposed to be reinforced (borrow from library – it’s way too expensive to buy): http://goo.gl/kCEsFc
Michele’s giraffe tutorial: https://www.ultimatepapermache.com/make-a-paper-mache-giraffe
Images of garden sculptures made with Quikwall: http://goo.gl/8Oq5QX
Book – Creating Concrete Art Furniture: http://goo.gl/yQQZls
Patterns I used for the cement lamb sculpture: