Sculpting

  • Who doesn't love a beautiful candle? Not only do they add character to your home, but they work well in a power outage! Don't depend on those generic candles you picked up at the grocery store... keep one on display and it's at the ready if needed.

    Today's project is a little tougher than some that we've done in the past but it's well worth the effort! Ps... we will begin the project today and finish it off in Part 2.

    So grab your coffee, put on your best creative hat, and follow me to the studio!

  • If you've been following along on the elephant sculpting journey, you have got to be excited... today's the day! We are going to finish up our elephant and get it ready for the kiln! We just need to add a tail, eyes, ears, tusks and a few wrinkles.

    Let's start with the tail...

    • Roll a thin coil of clay and attach a teardrop shaped ball on the end
    • flatten the teardrop and etch some lines in it
    • attach the tail to the rump of the elephant

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    That was easy right? Well I have to be honest... the ears and eyes are not quite that simple but I'm sure you can do it!
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  • Have you been following along on our sculpting an elephant journey? If so, this post is going to bring it all together for you!

    In today's post we'll continue to add body parts and begin to sculpt the shape and form. When you are done with this step, your piece is actually going to look like an elephant!

    Are you excited to get going? Well, let's head to the studio!

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  • Some of you have been anxiously awaiting this post! In our previous posts on sculpting an elephant, we learned what tools we need, how to form the primary components of the sculpture, and how to keep them soft enough to work with.

    Today though, this is the exciting stuff... we get to start putting it all together!

    Let me remind you before we begin, I have never made an elephant sculpture before, so this project is designed to bring up obstacles you may encounter while working on it. If something I do doesn't work for you, tweak it to suit your style.

    Are you excited yet? Well, what are we waiting for... grab your coffee and follow me to the studio!

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  • I'm so excited... I can barely contain myself! Today's the day we actually start the primary form of our elephants body in the series, "How To Sculpt an Elephant!"

    This is a series for those of you who have always wanted to learn how to sculpt. A step-by-step overview on turning a lump of clay into a beautiful sculpture.

    If you missed "How To Sculpt An Elephant - Part 1," you may want to take a peek at it to see what tools and supplies you will need. Once you do that, come back here and join us on an exciting adventure!

    Now that you're up to speed on tools and supplies, let's talk about what we plan to accomplish today, we will be building the key elements for our sculpture - Body - Head - Legs...

    You will need the following for today...

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    • Elephant picture
    • Clay
    • Water/sponge
    • Newspaper
    • Dowel rods (various sizes)
    • Wire cutter
    • Needle tool

    Let's get started!

    • Harriet Blank | #

      Thank you sooooo much for doing this series. I have been looking for instructions like these, i.e., step by step. I can't wait until next week.

      Thanks again.

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  • If you read our last post, you're probably pretty excited about this one! As I promised, we're starting a series on learning to sculpt. What type of clay and tools you may need, how to support during the process, additive and subtractive methods, and we'll even touch on firing and glazing.

    Since I'm fairly new at sculpting myself, I didn't think it would be fair for me to make one I've done in the past, so I decided an elephant would be a good subject. The body is fairly easy and the rest... well... we'll figure it out as we go!

    Mind you, it's not going to be "life-size", I don't think my studio is big enough for that! You can, however; use the steps in this series and make it the size you want, but if this is your first attempt at sculpting you may want to start on the smaller size.

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