From Angel Lehmann
Tip: "I have found that you can use polystyrene pieces around your wire armature to build up volume, cover it with masking tape to keep it all together and finally coat it with a thin layer of resin mixed with talc powder. Very cheap and light yet very strong. Dont get any cracks since it is 'hollow'."
From Genevieve Corbett
Tip: "When sculptureing, make sure if your using white clay, to keep it wet to stop it from drying up! If you're sculpting something abstract (that's all I do) then go crazy and wild! Do whatever you can. Keep things that are not attached to the main object thick so that they will stay up and together. Make your 'object' smooth and flowing, almost like its growing! Hope you can take my advice and go wild!!!"
From Joan Riphenburg
Tip: "When sculpting legs, arms, tails,etc. - wrap the armature with air dry clay first. This stops the hair line cracks. If you don't have air dry clay, use oven dry clay to make a "skeleton" on the wire, bake, and then sculpt your subject.
Tip: "I have made sculptures and found out some of them use so much clay that to make it cost so much money. So i decided to try something. I make balls and snakes out of tinfoil and and cover it with clay if I am doing a big project. I use a ball for the center of the body or the head. It really works well."
From Christie Brandt
Tip: "If you do figure sculptures with metal armatures, do you ever get hairline cracks in legs, arms, etc? These are due to the miniscule shrinking of the clay and the expansion of the metal in the oven. If you wrap your armature with floral tape, then you won't get these cracks."
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