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The First Wise Man Gets Two Friends – and a New, Sturdier Base
This is the second video in this series. If you haven’t seen the first video yet, click here to watch it.
In this session I changed the way the figures are attached to the base, I made the wire armatures for two more Wise Men, and I used Super Sculpey for the new heads, the feet and the sandals.
This is a mixed-media sculpture set, using Super Sculpey for the heads, hands, feet, gifts and turbans; and my Silky-Smooth Air Dry Clay recipe for the clothes.
The other videos in this series:
- Part 1: Creating the wire armature and sculpting the head
- Part 3: Adding the Air Dry Clay
- Part 4: Finishing the details and painting the 3 Wise Men
In the next video, the foil will be covered with the air dry clay, and they’ll be ready for their final details and paint.
If you’d like to see more figure sculpting videos in the future, be sure to hit the ‘like’ button to let me know.
Some helpful links:
- Mary McDougal’s wise men that she made 45 years ago
- My Air Dry Clay recipe (it’s the recipe I’ll use for the Wise Men’s clothes)
- Link to Super Sculpey on Amazon.com
- Link to Magic Sculpt on Amazon.com
- The heavy 1/8″ armature wire I’m using
- The light wire I used for the feet loops
If you’d like to make some of the critters behind me in the video, you can find patterns for them (and many more) here.
If you make some Wise Men – or anything else – we’d love to see they come out. You can show off your work on the Daily Sculptors Page.
And be sure to let me know if you would like to see more figure sculptures or sculptures made with either polymer clay or epoxy clay. I’m having fun with this project, but I won’t know if you’d like to see more projects like this unless you tell me. 🙂
4 thoughts on “The Three Wise Men, Part 2 – New Base, and Two New Wise Men”
Jonni, I was wondering whether the heads could be sculpted with regular air-dry clay (the kind that kids often use at home or at school)? I bought clay some time ago, but never had a good idea what to use it for. I did promise myself not to sculpt for a while (I have to hand in my PhD manuscript next year in September, and still have a lot to do…), but I have to say, this project makes me want to start again 🙂
Hi Isis. Yes, I think air dry clay would work. The face on Debbie’s figure sculpture was made with the DIY air dry clay, and the commercial products might even be easier to use. Maybe a short break with a small sculpture is just what you need to re-energize for that PhD manuscript! Good luck with them both. 🙂
Wow, Jonni, the Super Sculpey is very interesting! It looks like it can add more defined sculpting. Your work sure has a lot of growth through the years. And I really like that you experiment and share with us.
Thanks, Cris. I am having fun with it, although I’m uncomfortable working with the size of those tiny heads. I think the next project will have to be bigger. 🙂