Monday, January 17, 2011
Satyr and Nymph (Curing/details)
I have a convection oven in my studio just for artwork.
The first thing I want to do is see how the figure will fit into the cool oven. In this case the figure must sit on the floor of the oven. As the oven is preheated, I will prep the figure. I want to cure in the position the finished piece will have so the tension on the support rod stays consistent. If he will not fit standing up, you can cure on a bed of fiber-fill as well.
Really, it works, trust me! If you have no snow, the cold temperate outside works just as well, just sit him outside for about 30 minutes. An ice bath works well but you need to be sure that water is not trapped inside after the cooling process.
**** Now the limbs and torso are superheated with the paint stripper (heat gun). Holding the gun about three inches away from the clay, I move back and forth over each limb for about one minute. After curing in the oven the clay surface should look dull. The heat gun will bring the temperature of the clay up a few hundred degrees in about 30 seconds. The surface will start to turn shiny again and look like vinyl. This is what we want. If you continue to cure with the gun, you will scorch the clay. Try this on scrap pieces before you try it on a sculpture!
A FEW MORE DETAILS
The last thing to do before we paint is to apply the nails. Wet the nail beds with Liquid Sculpy, apply a small bead of translucent clay to the bed, then flatten the nail and trim off any excess clay. Cure with the heat gun.