A package of WED clay arrived in the mail a few days ago, and I used it for this silly Goblin portrait.
Maybe I’ll use it to make mask, (with some feathers added), and maybe I won’t – I really just wanted to get my hands in the clay.
WED Clay feels good when you’re working with it, and it’s a lot of fun to push the clay around to see what happens. Just a tiny change will create an entirely different expression, and with this clay you can make changes really fast.
The book shown in the video is called Goblins, by Brian Froud. I collect books with photos or drawings of interesting, unusual faces, and this is one of my favorites.
My sculpture was inspired by one of the goblins in the book, but I didn’t try to make an exact copy. That wouldn’t even be possible because I used my home-made skull form underneath the WED Clay. The goblin in the book has a much shorter face (and no chin), and it’s adorable – to get that look I would need to cut the chin off the form, and I didn’t feel like going to that much trouble. 😉
I bought my WED Clay from amazon.com because my local pottery supply store doesn’t carry it. It’s made by the Laguna Clay company, and was originally developed for Walt Disney’s theme parks. Great stuff!
However, if you want to make a mask, you’d probably want to use an oil-based clay or the unfired Super Sculpey that I used to make the masks in my book about how to make a mask. The WED Clay will leave a grey residue on the inside of your mask, but the oil-based clay or Sculpey comes out clean.
It would be fun to try making a latex mask someday, but maybe another time. 😉