Are you one of those people who collected cute figurines of your favorite characters when you were younger? So are we, but let’s not get into the details, okay? ^_~
Anyway, for this tutorial, we’ll teach you about our little experiment with traditional sculpture, but before that we will need the following:
- Plaster of Paris
- Molding clay
- Carving tool
- Petroleum Jelly
- Mixing bowl
- Old cloth or discarded paper
The first step in the sculpting process is thinking of a design you’d like to work on. It can be just about anything under the sun, although we suggest that if you’re not that much into molding, picking a simple design would be the best way to start.
After you’ve made up your mind, let’s take a bar or roll of molding clay and knead it with our hands. Once the clay is soft enough, we can start shaping it according to our preferred design. If you want to include some fine details on your piece, you can use carving tools or any other pointed object to peel unwanted clay away.
When you’re already satisfied with your design, let’s set it aside for a while and get a mixing bowl. Then let’s pour some Plaster of Paris on the bowl and add some water to it. We’ll mix the two until the mixture achieved a creamy consistency.
Next, let’s get the molding clay we’ve set aside and apply a generous amount of petroleum jelly all over its surfaces. It’s important that we don’t forget this part because it will make a lot of difference later on. Once we’re done, we’ll put some old cloth or discarded paper under our molding clay. If you prefer, we can also use a basin or any container that will prevent the liquid mixture from staining the surface we’re working on.
After that, we’ll get our mixture and we’ll pour it unto our molding clay. We have to ensure that no surface will be left uncovered then we’ll set it for an hour to dry. The finished product will be our mold. When the mixture is all dried up, we’ll flip our mold upside down until the bottom with the molding clay still partially visible is exposed.
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Using a carving tool or any other similar object, we will start to dig out the molding clay out of the now hardened plaster. Once we’ve gotten all the molding clay out, we’ll pour some mixture unto the now hollow interior of the mold and set it aside to dry once more.
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When the plaster we poured inside has hardened up, let’s get any slightly heavy object and use it to chip the mold until it crumbles to pieces. We must be careful not to strike the mold too hard or we may end up chipping a part of the molded product inside as well, though. This shouldn’t be a difficult task if enough petroleum jelly was applied on the molding clay before the mixture was poured unto it. When all the pieces of the mold has been chipped away and the molded product inside has been revealed, we’ll get our paint and paintbrush and start painting it with any color we desire.
Just like in the previous steps, we’ll set the finished product aside and give the paint some time to dry. Once your own piece of sculpture is done, you can now place your work of art in your favorite spot, give it as a gift to a friend, sell it to interested buyers, or if your first attempt didn’t fare too well just like what happened to some of us, tuck it in that secret corner of your room and charge the whole thing to experience… at least until you come up with a better one. ^_^d
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