Sculpting the Wolf’s Eyes and Nose – Wolf Mask, Part 2

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This is the second video in this series. You can see the first video here. This time I add the eyes and nose, and put on the basic shapes that surround the eye. The sculpture still has a very long ways to go.

I do like this guy, and I’ve decided to make a silicone mold for it when it’s done. (I like him a lot better than this wolf I made a silicone mold for last year – I never actually used that mold, because I didn’t like his expression).  I’m also thinking about doing some experiments with an modified form of the fast-setting paste to see if it’s possible to use layered paper mache inside a negative mold without losing any really fine details. I’m skeptical, so in the end it will probably be made using the “instant paper mache” recipe I used for the cougar and hippo – but it would still be fun to play around with it.

If you’d like to see all the other videos in this series, you can find them here:

And for those of you who don’t have time to watch the whole series, I made a much shorter version showing the highlights. You can find the short version of How to Make a Paper Mache Mask here.

7 thoughts on “Sculpting the Wolf’s Eyes and Nose – Wolf Mask, Part 2”

  1. Hi! I’m an italian 15 year old and am currently experimenting venetian masks. I was looking for someone who had a good paper mache recipe (which is basically how venetians make it) and could teach me . I think this clay you use is a great idea. I love your website and am so glad to have found it:) I love drawing and am finally getting around to sculpting…I have a quick question: You did this project in a series of day….did the clay harden from the previous day and if it did, how did you attach the other parts of the wolf’s head? Thank you so MUCH:)

    • Hi Carmen. The paper mache clay was only used to get the texture on the wolf’s ruff. The actual mask was made using the techniques and recipes that I show in the Pantalone (Comedia del art) mask. You can see the whole process in those three videos = the links are the first ones on the Extended Paper Mache Tutorials page (below the photo of the wolf mask).

  2. This wolf is really nice. I want to do one. Oh, so many wants so little time.
    And by the way….Congratulations! Your new book received a great review on Amazon . While stopping by I noticed you are as old moi. I’ve got a birthday rolling around in a couple of weeks. so just wondering between the 2 of us… Who is the oldest????

    • Thanks, Sharon. I hope your foot got all better – you’re taking good care of yourself, I hope. And, my B’day is on the winter solstice, so I think that makes you older, by just a smidgin. Unless my math is off, which happens quite a lot. Happy birthday, in any case.

  3. jonni,
    In this post you mentioned a silicone molding process that you have previously used. I would like to find out more about that process, as I would like to produce a casting of a few of my own pieces. I was curious if the process would permit an affordable polymer replica to be made for resale at a lesser price point in my shows.

    • Robbie, I’ve never done any polymer castings, but I think the silicone would work as a mold material. The best source for information about molds seems to be the Smooth-On company’s website. They have tons of video tutorials. There are also a lot of people out on YouTube who make miniatures, and they might have some videos that would help. I’m not an expert by any means – I’ve only made the two wall masks so far, the cougar and the hippo. And that was using a plaster and cellulose mixture, not polymer. (I am not even quite sure I know what you mean by making a polymer replica – that’s how little I know about this stuff.) The Smooth-on people make the molding and casting materials, so they would be the experts to turn to. I like your site, by the way.

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