Polymer clay is an exciting arts & crafts medium. Actually, "clay" is a misnomer; it contains no true clay, but rather consists of tiny particles of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) combined with plasticizer, which is what makes it malleable like clay.
Scottish sculptor and painter Alan Herriot shows how he made the life-size bronze sculpture of a man, titled The Ancient Mariner.
Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto's medium of choice is none other than your simple household table salt, fragile and completely ephemeral. Yamamoto creates beautiful installations with the medium, salt being a strong symbol in Japanese death culture (as well as several other cultures around the world: Hinduism, Catholicism, Egyptian and Aztec mythology).
Watch this video to learn how to make a mold of a female torso using Body Double RTV silicone rubber. This is a great technique for sculptors!
The German police have their panties in a bunch over a highly inflammatory sculpture of a urinating policewoman by artist Marcel Walldorf. Entitled "Petra", the hyperrealistic figure depicts a female officer crouched, peeing with buttocks exposed. The most chilling detail is her riot baton casually propped on the wall next to her.
Watch this video to learn how to make a simple mold and cast Smooth-Cast 300 liquid plastic and resin into it.
This video tutorial shows how to use Smooth-On's EZ Spray Jr. system to spray mold rubber, liquid plastics and casting resins. Learn how to make molds out of any object out of rubber, plastic or resin.
The importance of paint cannot be underestimated when it comes to correctly constructing a reborn baby doll. There are many tutorials showing you how to correctly replicate the hair on your baby doll's head, but what about the eyebrows? This tutorial shows you how to use a variety of paints and fine tip brushes to correctly achieve realistic eyebrows as well as head hair for your next reborn project.
If you don't have the patience or the tools to root hair, you can use paint instead! This tutorial is primarily for reborn doll artists who want to learn how to use Genesis heat set paints to replicate the look of real hair on their baby doll head. You will need: your doll head, a palette, Genesis heat set paints in your chosen colors, a few paintbrushes and some soft makeup sponges. You will also need a little paint thinner and some water.
Create your very own clay figurine sculpture! This easy to follow online art lesson about sculpture will have you sculpting with the best in no time and is taught by expert sculptor Jorge Benlloch.
Martha Stewart uses OOMOO 30 silicone rubber to make a mold of a tree branch and make a casting in liquid plastic to use as a peg coat rack.
Copper wire scorpion sculpture is designed by Daniel Burke of Torrington, Wyoming USA. He uses metal wire sculpture to bend this arachnid art.
This how-to video series is a step-by-step guide to molding fiberglass. These videos give a simple introduction to fiberglass mold construction, explained using a model aircraft cowling but the same technique applies to any fiberglass sculpture. The entire process is detailed from plug, to mold, to finished fiberglass part. Follow along with the eight steps: develop the plug, construct the parting board, lay up the mold, release the mold from the plug, prepare the mold for fabrication, lay up...
Watch this video to learn how to make a mold of a face using Body Double Silicone Rubber. This is a great technique for making masks or sculptures! Watch as he casts a finished lightweight casting.
In this tutorial, we learn how to make a paper mache baby elephant. To begin, you will need a pattern, which you can find at Ultimate Paper Mache. There is a grid on the pattern that you can use to expand onto a large piece of particle board. This will give you the entire body for the elephant. After you cut the elephant out of the board, glue and nail it together with spacers in between the body parts. After this, crumple up newspaper and then tape and squish it onto the wood until the muscl...
In this tutorial, we learn how to make a silicone mold of a toy figurine. First, roll out clay and press the bottom of the figurine into the center. Next, use a plastic bottle to create the mold box. Cut the bottom off of the bottle, then press the bottle into the clay to make sure the figurine is centered. Now, press the bottle down into the clay and make the silicone mixture. When you're done mixing, pour it into the bottle. Pour in a stream to avoid any bubbles inside of it. Let this sit o...
This video tutorial shows how to sculpt a realistic human head out of clay. Follow along with artist, Philippe Faraut, and learn how to mold, scrape, and design a human bust sculpture.
In this two part video you'll learn the complete process for casting duplicates of a miniature figure. How to make the rubber mold in two parts and how to cast the miniature duplicate. A two part mold is the kind of rubber mold you make for complex minis like figures, warriors, wizards, dwarves etc. You'll learn everything you need, and exactly what to do to duplicate your own miniature fantasy characters.
This is the video showing you how to carve an apple into a edible duck fruit carving! Fruit carving edible arrangements is very popular in Asia and now, weddings in America.
In "Cigarette Ash Landscape", Chinese artist and photographer Yang Yongliang suspends a huge cigarette sculpture above a pile of black and white photos, fake grass and artificial flowers. Upon closer examination, the tip of the cigarette reveals a tiny city made of fastidiously layered, paper-cut urban skylines.
As a protest to American consumerism, NYC artist Jeremy Dean converted a Hummer H2 into a horse-drawn carriage "to show just how screwed and unsustainable the auto industry has become." Dean believes the gas guzzling SUV is the epitome of everything that is wrong with American consumerism. Whatever your political opinion may be, Dean's conversion is pretty striking.
Attention aspiring horror movie makers! Have an interest in making fake heads to use as your gory extras? BITY Mold Supply has supplied the world with this great tutorial on how to cast a silicone head or face from Gel-10 and Polyfoam. In the later half of this video, BITY lends great tips on how to paint your finished silicone face for a realistic look.
This three part instructional sculpture video demonstrates how to make a two part plaster mold. Make a plaster mold to make stop-motion animation puppets from clay models. A plaster mold can make casts out of almost any material. This model will be cast out of foam rubber with a movable metal skeleton.
Sculpting can be fun! In this free online art video series about sculpture, learn how to make a clay bust, including hair, eyes, nose, shoulders, and mouth from expert sculptor David A. Clemen.
Love animals? Why not try making this fun dolphin sculpture! Part 1 of 13 - How to Sculpt dolphins in clay.
This video tutorial sculpting tutorial series shows how to craft a polymer clay pawn chess piece. Follow along with the steps to build and embellish this chess piece with human-like detail. Watch these instructional videos and learn how to make a sculpted polymer clay pawn chess piece.
Do you love Deadmau5? Show your love with a charm made of polymer clay. This charm can be used on a keychain, necklace, or whatever else you can imagine to show your love for Deadmau5. Follow this video to learn how to made a Deadmau5 charm out of polymer clay.
Everyone loves that big green ogre, and with the new release of Shrek 4 upon us, why not make some art to commemorate the occasion?
Dalton Ghetti has been carving teeny, tiny pencil tip sculptures for 25 years. Mr. Ghetti, who owns about as many possessions as a monk, is aware how unusual his craft is. He started carving tree bark when he was a child and experimented with everything from soap to chalk before settling on graphite. It's second nature now, and for 90 percent of his work, all he needs is a sewing needle, a razor blade and a carpenter's or No. 2 pencil.
Nick Cave is the Willy Wonka genius behind the extraordinarily imaginative "soundsuits" pictured below.
British artist Richard Wilson's "Turning The Place Over" holds affinities to Gordon Matta-Clark's site specific "building cuts" from the seventies. Wilson created a rotating cut facade, which reveals the building's interior with each turn.
Each & Every One of You (EEOOY) is a mock TV show pilot that teaches ordinary people how to make contemporary installation art. If these words strike fear into your heart or make you cringe with memories of seeing contemporary art and wondering what the hell it was all about, this show is for you!
Looking for a fun sculpture project? Why not make your self a cat! In this free online art lesson on video, learn how to make a clay cat sculpture from expert Jorge Benlloch, including tips on shape, details, tools and more.
Sculpt a bust from clay in just a few easy steps! From initial materials you'll need to finishing your final sculpture, it's all right here in this free video series about art taught by expert sculptor Jorge Benlloch.
Mary Buckman describes how to create a cast clay sculpture from a press mold. Press molds can be used over and over again to duplicate a sculpture without going through the tedious process of actually sculpting it or without the artistic talent required to. Watch this video sculpting tutorial and learn how to use a press mold.
Here is the first attempt to make a scorpion on video using copper wire bending.
This video tutorial is a quick run-through on the process used to make a plaster mold from a skull, and then a couple casts from it.
This video demonstrates how to use Encapso K to create a lasting faux ice display. Encapso K is a soft, clear silicone rubber that perfectly simulates water. Learn how to sculpt mock ice for a beer bottle sculpture.
This instructional video shows the simple steps for how to cast a cavity pour mold with Mold Max 30 RTV Silicone Rubber. Learn how to make the mold and make duplicate models of statues, sculptures, or figures, with this casting technique.
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