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Direct Building Material Options

Postby mtizzano » Sun Sep 27, 2015 7:59 pm

I love the spontaneity of working with clay over an aluminum armature, either water or oil-based. I am looking for alternative materials that can be used similarly over an armature, have the feel and ease of working with clay, but can harden as a permanent and final material. I also like bronze, but would like to consider something less costly and less time consuming to work with at times. Aves Apoxy resin is nice, but is a little difficult to form like clay, sags a bit while working, and hardens too quickly. Plaster requires a lot of follow-up work. Paperclay is not very easy to work with or to achieve much detail. I would like the material to be extremely strong when hardened. Anyone know of anything else that I can try?? Thanks! Mike Tizzano, tizzanosculpture.com
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Re: Direct Building Material Options

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Re: Direct Building Material Options

Postby ptartist » Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:59 pm

Did you ever find any good options for direct building hard durable sculptures?

So many of us would like better choices! Please share anything you have tried, good or bad. I have worked in modified cement mortar over rigid wire armature, but that is pretty rough stuff, messy, and the time constraints mean working in small batches. If you get to know the formulas you can use products that speed up or slow down the drying time, and you can do some carving of the cement during the drying window. But this requires practice & is hard on the hands!
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Re: Direct Building Material Options

Postby vincentaabronze » Mon Mar 06, 2017 1:26 am

What's a Paperclay?
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