The Indian rhino that I made last month, using plaster cloth and my new air dry clay recipe, is now finished. In this video I show you how she was coated with Sculpt Nouveau iron coating, sprayed with Tiffany Green and Darkening patinas, and then glazed with warm grey acrylic paint mixed with Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid.
I really like this sculpture. The project took a lot longer than they usually do, partly because I experimented with a process for making her hollow. I was also right in the middle of writing a book at the time, so I couldn’t work on her as many hours a day as I would have liked.
The baby animal doll book I was writing is now finished. I know the dolls don’t look at all like this rhino, but the doll heads are also hollow. They’re made with a thin skin of plaster cloth (over a sock filled with rice) and then covered with the air dry clay.
In other words, the doll heads are made just like the rhino was, but they take just a few hours to make instead of the weeks it took to make the rhino. 🙂
I’ve used this idea of making hollow sculptures with plaster cloth and the air dry clay recipe a lot of times since the dolls and rhino were finished. It’s one of my favorite methods for sculpting light-weight animal sculptures.
In the video I mentioned two excellent books that you can use to increase the interest of the painting surface on your sculptures. You can find the books here:
If you make anything with air dry clay, I hope you’ll come back and show it off on the Daily Sculptors page. We’d love to see how your sculpture comes out. 🙂