Sunday, October 17, 2010

And the Answer Is...

On last report, I was trying to decide on a Halloween or a Christmas sculpt with my little gourd. Halloween it was! Well, more like Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead! I'm not so sure how my little fella's turning out. I had ordered some Apoxy Sculpt several months ago to try. I am a die-hard polymer clay sculptor that likes to dabble in Paperclay for a more primitive look. I had heard good things about this clay, so I had to give it a try. So, what do I think? Uggghh!

It started off ok...
And then things turned South...
Yes, folks, it got Ugly...
Those of you who use Apoxy Sculpt. HELP!! I could not get the clay to blend like I wanted, and I kept smooshing (technical term) the parts I had already sculpted trying to blend on new pieces. I've seen beautiful work done with this stuff, so I know it's possible, but maybe just not by ME!
I broke out my smoothing agent that I use on polymer and had a little more success. I'm not sure how it reacts with the clay, though, so he may fall to pieces!
I ripped his little head off numerous times and finally came to settle on a relatively simple look...
Which just happens to fit with the whole Dia de los Muertos thing. That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!
So, what are my thoughts on Apoxy Sculpt?
* It's expensive, and I can't buy it locally. Therefore, I had to pay shipping on it, as well.
* After mixing the parts, you've got to use it all in a few hours. I didn't use a small chunk, so that's $$ in File 13.
* I could not work the clay like I wanted. Most likely because I didn't know what the heck I was doing!
* The finished sculpt is very heavy compared to PaperClay.
* On the up side, I'm curious to see how durable it is when cured.
Check back to see how the finishing goes. Any thoughts from my fellow artists who wield this stuff into fantastic art????
Regardless of the outcome, I got to spend a quiet afternoon playing with clay, so all is good!

3 comments:

  1. Hey there Sherry!
    What a fabulous sculpt. I have never used the apoxy sculpt; I have been making my own paper mache clay mixture lately. I haven't been able to get good definition from it but it suits me.
    Thinking of you most fondly.
    Blondie

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  2. Thanks Blondie. I have often wondered if I could make my own paper clay. When you get your recipe perfected, I'll be your first customer! Hugs and Prayers.

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  3. Love how he is turning out. Never heard of apoxy sculpt though. Can't wait to see the finished piece. Good luck. God bless. Cathy

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