heh it figures you would! Yeah for some reason I do have a bunch of them right now. Emmas are not even that gigantic. maybe Ill go holey cow someday!
But also Im shifting from doll proportions of oversized heads to more realistic proportions and larger sized work. Like now my works are inching up towards 12" from 7 or 8"The head is the same size ,but the body is alot larger. Ill still do some big head disproportionate ones since Im trapped between liking polar opposite styles.
Yeah me too and the shipping costs. I can make bodies without appendeges like "Princess" busts and possibly soft bodied figures. For a long time I kept hands tucked in and fingers closed to avoid breakage.
I have been tying my sculpts down inside an inner box on a bed of pillow foam, with breakable parts like fingers suspended away from anything that might break them, of course the way the post office people treat my boxes in front of me makes me worry as to what happens when I am not standing there. but so far it has served me well as of late. knock on wood.
Oh hell yeah, they must be playing kick ball with the boxes. Mine are packed heavy duty too. Ive gone years with no breakage but last year I had two breaks on the same figure! I had to mail it twice! I think it was a bad clay batch.
I tried to find the original character sketch on the link you provided, but it seems that she has taken down some of her gallery - looks like she is having a rough go. It would have been nice to see what inspired you though.
Thank Im really happy with her too though theres always this moment midway where I get pissed at a sculpture and think it wont turn out! Im super pleased with her porcelain skin. That was a bear to keep clean.
Why cant you work with another clay? If your hands dont have alot of strength you can use a food processor or like I do set the clay in a baggie wrapped in a heating pad., Then pound it with a paperweight. I have my husband condition for me too since I started having knuckle soreness from conditioning clay.
I used prosculpt back before they had the light version and really liked working with it. It seemed stronger and it used to have a nice translucence. Later I got some and it was fragile, darkened badly, pasty texture and everything broke that I made with it! I dont like to put it down cause alot of people like it ,but to me it was so not worth the extra price. Id use supersculpy first since its a nice soft clay and is a consistantly good product.
Alot of people have trouble with prosculpt but for me ( knock on wood) its been fine I do add some kato to the fingers and ears LOL I haven't had a break since 2005. I have found that if you bake any lower than 275 degrees and for15 to 20 minutes per 1/4 inch you won't have the strength with prosculpt. I've tried the food processor and never did get all the clay blended nice, my worst is moonies and thousands of cracks when I tried puppen. I think its my convection oven the heat blowing on the puppen makes it surface crack more.I've had my wrist operated on and never got the strength back so a soft clay is best for me right now.
At the time I had problems I asked Rose about it and she was adding cernit to it for strength,but that made my clay droopy. I also tested it at 250 which a well known artist recommended on up to 300. Even over curing it, it still broke sooner than every other clay. All I can think is my high elevation could effect it.
The puppen is sensative to overheating. I dont like that because it will crackle the surface. You can make them invisible by coating with fimo gel over night them wiping off,but I dont like doing that. Im mixing it with classic fimo now because it seems to help. I get a few moonies with puppen and I have tried the tricks. A bit of white added and sculpy oil added. Every clay Ive used including prosculpt moonies.
I see... yeah a soft clay is nessisary in that case. You might try that new sculpy studio clay.
I don't know who the Rose is your talking about but I do know who was giving the bad advise about curing at 250! Even JJ told me on the phone to cure in my convection oven at 265. I had the same type and model oven he uses. But I found that didn't give me the strength I wanted, granted its not puppen but I happy right now with the prosculpt, and I get maybe one or two monies that can be fixed easy. Deb Wood has a good mix for puppen she's posted it a few times on the ebay group, and when she gets a moonie or crack she heats the area and a metal tool at the same time and just touches the tool to the area all the time she is keeping the heat gun moving( works easy with someone helping) and it a few seconds its fixed,of course that doesn't work for huge cracks.
Sorry Patrica Rose is who I meant. I guess it spread cause she wasnt the only one telling me that. I understand that undercuring makes the skin look flawless,but disintregrates later! I almost always erred on overcureing my clay. From when I started I used opaque white clay and baked it till it turned cream!
Oh yeah Ive done that a few times,but its really easy to accidently yellow the clay where you do it and it its harder when its on the face. I forgot about using that. Two people is a good idea! The crackles are all over so. I wouldtn want to try that there. But I did save my peice Spoilt by coating with fimo gel then baking again.