Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Painting the eyes on your clay figure

The following video series demonstrate painting various style eyes on a cured clay figure (cold porcelain).

Friday, April 9, 2010

Meet a New Clay: Lumina

Lumina air-dry clay has some unique characteristics.   Not only is it a polymer-based clay that does not require baking, it is translucent, flexible, durable and waterproof.   It is also acid-free, so it can safely be used to create scrapbook embellishments.

Camille Young, who created the necklace shown below, has more experience with Lumina than I please read her own comments on this unique clay.
 Camille's comments about Lumina

This is a  video Camille made to show people that the flower necklace she created out of Lumina clay is not as delicate as it looks 

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Meet a New Clay - Crea-stone

Crea-stone by AMACO is an air-dry sculpting compound that is mixed with water to form a paste, then cast in a shape that would be close in form and dimensions to the finished sculpture you want to create. (The closer you are to the finished idea the less carving you would have to do.)

Crea-stone is available in 25 lb boxes.  The 'Meditation' sculpture shown here uses approximately 5 lbs of dry material.   Complete tutorial for creating 'Meditation' is available at AMACO.

AMACO Crea-stone is a lightweight casting/sculpting material that has a granite look and texture when it is hard. Crea-stone mixes with water to achieve a thick paste like cement mix. Pour this paste into cardboard boxes, molds, & available objects to shape and mold. Once the paste starts to set up you can take it out of the cardboard box/mold and start doing any needed carving to enhance the cast shape. Usually this can be done after letting it harden for about 18 hours of pouring. At that point, although hard, the piece can easily be carved with a knife.
As you are carving, Crea-stone is going through a chemical reaction and becoming harder all the time. Therefore, try to keep it wet with water, but also work fast. As you progress you will have to change your carving tools accordingly from a knife to a hammer and chisel.

Try not to mix more material than you need for each mold or part of mold. While mixing, wear a NIOSH approved mask for dust and mist and make sure to wear vinyl gloves. Crea-stone is an alkaline material and may irritate your hands.

Objects made with Crea-stone modeling material have a granite-like texture that is lighter than stone, permanent, and weather-proof when dry.   Large objects can be made with Crea-stone.  The Japanese Garden Lantern shown here is well over a foot tall.   Tutorial for creating Lantern is available at AMACO.


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