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Home Guard Series bust 5

Discussion in 'Sculpting' started by stoffy01, Jun 19, 2022.

  1. stoffy01 A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Hi everyone, this is the wip bust of no.5 (uncle Arthur). Thanks for looking.[IMG][IMG][IMG][IMG][IMG][IMG][IMG][IMG]

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    This is the process of late I've been using that seems to be working for me. This process is starting to feel comfortable for me when sculpting both heads and now torsos.

    It starts with a wooden disposable chopstick that is positioned into the cork.
    The chopstick is cut to an appropriate height allowing for clearance for the layer's of epoxy and polymer clays.
    Once the desired length is achieved I cover the chopstick with epoxy putty, then add the layer of polymer clay mix over the epoxy that hasn't cured yet.
    That is left to cure and bond, so the end result is a hard armature foundation on the cork with a nice bonded tacky surface of polymer clay that is good to go to be bulked out and sculpted to shape.
    The head which has been sculpted and baked earlier is able to be placed and tacked on at times to use when building up the shoulder, trapezius and collar of shirt.
    From there it's just taking you time and using references to observe shape and volume's etc.

    I hope this gives someone a bit of an idea of how one can approach a sculpting project for a bust of various scale.

    Regards
    Chris.

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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Hi Chris

    Thanks for posting this .....great to see how you approach a piece and how the skills have progressed and no doubt will continue to do so

    Look forward to seeing more

    Happy sculpting

    Nap
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  3. Mike - The Kiwi A Fixture

    Country:
    New_Zealand
    So much to like about this Chris.
    Likeness of the Sarge is sublime mate.
    He looks every bit the nervous, eager to please, harangued character he played.
    Presume you’ll add his stripes?
    MikeTheKiwi
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  4. stoffy01 A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Thanks Kevin,
    I thought it may be of some interest, not wanting to tell anyone how to suck egg's. It's something I've seen done by other sculptor's and may be not exactly the same process but it's definitely a better option to how I have been doing things the past 3-4 year's.
    Cheers Chris.

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  5. stoffy01 A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    Thanks Mike, glad you're liking the sculpt, and pleased you get the sense of character. Regarding the stripes...[IMG]

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  6. mike bush Member

    Hi Chris.
    Looking good mate, Might just be me but the Sgt chevrons appear a little long.

    image.jpeg

    Mike.
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  7. stoffy01 A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    I could've used this back a few hours ago Mike Lol! ;). Oh well, looks like a little bit of a clean up and some magic sculpt added on, cheers mate :)

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  8. mike bush Member

    Sorry mate the C
    Sorry mate the Crystal ball is on strike like the bloody railway.:D
    Mystic Meg
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  9. MCPWilk A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    What sculpting medium do you use?

    Mike
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  10. stoffy01 A Fixture

    Country:
    Australia
    I'm using a couple of different type's, for various stages of the sculpt. The outer layer's are in a mix of two polymer clays.
    One being supersculpey either medium or hard and the other being the moltenclay product that I believe is no longer being made.
    The best way I could describe the mix is something like the bees putty polymerclay product.
    Supersculpey doesn't seem to be tacky enough for my liking. It's a little on the pasty side and needs that extra tackiness to bind it, which the moltenclay provides.
    Another way to describe it is, it's a bit like greenstuff at the middle stage, after it's slightly cured but still malleable. The major difference is that you can get way more details and you are chasing the clock as it stays soft until baked. And then as we may know, it can be baked in stages at various temps.

    Chris.

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  11. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England

    Good point presume you mean the height/depth...sure Chris will have it sorted

    Nap
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