Metal Chasing & Sculpting Portrait demo cont.

Busy week preparing for the Loveland Sculpture Invitational next week. There were some glitches in getting the two Ascensions ready - but I finally picked them up from Art Castings yesterday and they're beautiful. The bronzes for Harriet Tubman- Triumph and Waiting on the #9 were completed by Madd Castings and Bob Page did a fabulous job chasing them both quickly. Thanks, too, to Tessa Derbin for some great customer service in moldmaking and wax pouring. Both those pieces are now at patina specialist Dale Cisek's and should be completed on Monday and ready to go back to the Base Shop for the final basing.

Waiting on the #9 ©Lori Kiplinger Pandy. Bronze chasing of Harriet Tubman and Waiting on the #9 bronze sculptures.


Good things come to those that wait. While I know this, sometimes I still rush things. Wanting to get the heavy, wet clay out of the portrait and to speed drying in hopes of firing this bust for the Loveland Sculpture Invitational, I proceeded to hollow out the sculpt before it was firm and dry enough. Result? The clay couldn't keep its shape and distorted, warped and cracked/broke in places.

I knew I could fix things, but I certainly made it more difficult for myself and conversely it will take longer to finish than if I had waited another day or two for drying. Note to self- learn patience.

First I took the wire that I had taped to support pole prior to adding clay and pulled it up and through the sculpture behind the ears. Next I pried the back of the head off and laid it on a pillow wrapped in plastic. The I hollowed out both sides of the head, preserving the interior clay of later use.

I did some damage to the face, which is easy to do when the clay is too soft. I also found that there was heavy distortion when I reassembled the clay that required additional work to correct.

The sculpt has been repaired and nearing completion - will post new photos soon. 

Old Soul ©Lori Kiplinger Pandy. Series of photos showing cutting a clay portrait in half to hollow out prior to firing.

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