Questions tagged [sculpting]

Creating three-dimensional visual pieces with a variety of media, commonly clays and metals. Use specific tags for the media or methods, if known, such as polymer-clay or carving.

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Trying to turn a vintage wash basin into a vessel sink. How can I get rid of this standing water?

First off I screwed up where I drilled the hole for the drain. The middle of the bowl is actually raised so the water pools in a circle around the drain: I'm curious what my options are now... Is ...
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Create a head bust (maybe plaster or paper mache)

I got a new headset for Christmas and got the idea to create a holder for it. I was thinking of a bust, on which I can put my headset. I sculpted the bust in the 3D program Blender: Now there are a ...
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How can I build and attach new plaster hands for a statue?

I have a religious statue made of plaster. Unfortunately, its hands are missing. I need to build new ones, but I am not sure where to begin. I thought I would make new hands out of clay, then cast ...
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Cheap Screw-Valve Connectors for Water-Based Crafts

Recently I have made a lot of crafts involving moving water, especially scenes I sculpt out of clay and then paint/seal. I made a mini pond to put on my table, an old country scene with a working ...
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Seats - Principles for comfort

I am considering using algorithmic design to design seats. However, I also want the result to be something people would actually want to use. So, I have to ensure that the result is comfortable. ...
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Diluting or thinning uncured Milliput

Is it possible to dilute, thin or liquefy Milliput so that it flows into nooks and crannies better? If so, is there any advice on what to use, in what ratios, and whether it will adversely effect the ...
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Fixing cracks in air-dried clay?

Whenever I work with air-dry clays, the sculpture shrinks in size and there occurs lots of cracks. It is really time consuming, and hard to fix. So far, I tried filling in the cracks with glue and ...
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Can you bake a sculpture with a copper wire inside?

I am making a sculpture with a pure copper wire wrapped with polymer clay. Will I have problems baking this in the oven with a temperature of 120-13 degrees Celsius/ 248-266 degrees Fahrenheit?
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Aggregate size and mix ratio for concrete sculptures

What aggregate size should I use for making concrete sculptures of humans and animals, 1.2 x Life-sized, poured into moulds? And what ratio should I use for the (white Portland cement) to sand to ...
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How much concrete to order?

If I make 4 of these statues, 1.25x life-size, then how much concrete should I purchase? The plan is to make a mould and pour into that. The original Ludovisi Ares is 1.56 m in height. Therefore: (...
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Recycling Concrete

If a building site is being demolished and I want to reuse the concrete to make a large sculpture (pour into a mold), must the concrete be fully recycled or is there an easier method to reuse it (such ...
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Building Outdoor Concrete Sculpture

For building an outdoor public park sculpture (1.25 times life-sized, containing several figures) would it be better to build a metal frame, wrapped in mesh, covered in concrete; Or, would it be ...
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Wooden camping utensils?

Ozark Trail has a set of camping utensils. Now my question is how might it be duplicated in wood by a wittler? If your not sure what I’m talking about check out the name @ Amazon.com Here’s a better ...
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How can I avoid fungus in an alien water tank?

I am building an animatronic alien inside a transparent plastic cylinder. The cylinder is filled with water and a few drops of green ink. The problem I have is: in a few days, the water fills with ...
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Copying a large plaster tile by latex moulding it; is my plan correct?

I've a large rectangular plaster tile with an interesting relief pattern of bumps, dips and waves, but it's broken and I need to make a copy of it. It's not a bad break, 3 clean snaps making 4 pieces ...
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Drying floam for sculpting

I'm looking for a floam recipe that will dry to a relative sturdy shape. I'm working on a puppet and I want to rough out the dimensions and proportions, and I want something cheap and light-weight. If ...
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What kind of methods can one use to bind two objects as one, without any adhesive [closed]

I'm thinking of methods, similar to how some products use a lid to snap onto an object so that it remains clipped to that particular object and snaps into place. However, I want no 3rd party material ...
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How to determine the “correct” scale for your art project?

The very fist step in traditional art painting, drawing, sculpting, and such is: Determine the scale of the work! The painter must select their canvas, a drawing requires the right size sheet of ...
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Sculpting details to clearly distinguish a lion from other large cats

I am trying to make a lions head sculpture, but I am having trouble. It is very hard to distinguish the defining facial features of a lion (except for the mane of course). I'm ending up making my ...
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What is required to start sculpting clay (tools, experience…)?

I want to start sculpting to attain a very specific type of result but I'm unsure where to start. Basically, I want to be able to achieve the sculpting of figures. After training, I target two goals :...
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Is there a cheaper alternative to aluminum wire for armatures?

I've seen many sculpting tutorials and recordings of works where the artist uses aluminum wire for the armature, with aluminum foil used where bulk is needed for the form. However, as a beginner, ...
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Can I microwave polymer clay to harden it?

Boiling washes the color down, and baking polymer clay in a classic oven is troublesome in my situation. Can I use a microwave though? If so, what settings? Any precautions needed? (say, a glass of ...
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How do I prepare plaster casts for casting tin figurines?

I tried making some figurines from tin by casting them in hand-carved forms in plaster. The tin was bubbling and the surface came out extremely uneven, with bubbles covering it. Someone off-handedly ...
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How can I keep my warm hands from making polymer clay too soft?

I have unnaturally warm hands, which heat up very quickly as I use them, to the point of sweating when playing video games or sculpting! This affects my polymer clay, because my hands make it too ...