I posted the pattern for my paper mache clay snowy owl a few weeks ago, and in that post the video shows you how the armature was made.
You can find that post here.
In today’s video, we add the paper mache clay and make the feathers, beak, and other details.
As I mention in the video, if I made another snowy owl I would use a thin base coat of the original pm clay, just like I did before. After that was dry and hard, I might add the details with the newer air dry clay recipe.
And I know this is off-topic, but I also mentioned in the video that …
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Now, back to the owl:
The air dry clay takes a lot longer, because it isn’t as sticky. That means that you have to fiddle around with a mixture of glue and water to make sure it stays where it belongs. You also have to make sure you don’t end up with gaps between pieces of clay when the sculpture dries. Because of the time factor, I’d probably use the original recipe for the back of the head and other places where there really isn’t strong definition of feathers, and use the air dry clay for the wings, back and tail.
Both recipes use the same ingredients, with two exceptions — the air dry clay doesn’t have as much paper, so it probably isn’t quite as strong (although I’ve never done a scientific test) and the added corn starch makes it smoother, and takes away the stickiness. That’s a good thing if you want to get fine details, but it does slow things down.
If you make a snowy owl, we would all love to see it.
If you’re wondering why I haven’t made any new sculptures lately, it’s because I’ve chained myself to my computer. I’m halfway through the rough draft of my second Utah O’Brien murder mystery. I’m having so much fun with this new craft! But I tend to get ‘out of the zone’ when I take time off to do anything else (like wash dishes, for instance, or make a new display mask …). So, I hope you forgive me if I’ve been a little slow answering blog and forum comments. 😉