Those of you who know me well know that I don't finish much before starting on something else. What is important to me is learning and trying something new. I love the whole process.
So, why not sculpting? Yep, I'm going to try it. If it doesn't work I'll only be out a few bucks. If it does work then I'll be able to make all kinds of neat things that I like.
To start with, I need a table base. I have a small round tabletop for an end table lamp, in the basement. Currently it sits on a stool because I wanted something cooler and could not find anything.
I've long been fascinated with sculpture, Michelangelo and Bernini are my favorites. And I have also been drawn to the Moai heads of Rapa Nui (Easter Island). So, why not combine these two likes into a base for my downstairs table. Yes, it's eclectic, but I will like it.
There are many pictures to choose from on the internet, but I like the shape of the black one on the right. Note how it gets a little bigger at the base, which would do well for a table.
What I want is that, in concrete...only about 2 feet tall. As a beginning sculptor I am not going to try to emulate Michelangelo and Bernini. They "took away" stone to reveal what's inside. I'm going to make a "positive" by building up using styrofoam clay, etc. Then will make a fiberglass mold (negative), then pour the concrete to make the final positive. There will be a lot of things to learn along the way and probably successes and failures. But it's all for fun in my spare time. There's no time limit and when done I can reuse the mold (already thinking of an eclectic birdbath for the backyard).
So, where to start.
First, I need a block of styrofoam. I found a pack of 6 sheets that are 4 feet long, at Lowe's. Very inexpensive. I need to cut them in half, glue together into a block and start working it down.
Of course there are two things I needed to know. How to glue them together and how to cut without making a huge mess. If you've ever snapped apart a piece of styrofoam or cut it with a knife you know what a mess it can be...little bits everywhere that are statically charged and hard to clean up.
Both answers were readily available online. Use spray adhesive, and make a wire cutting device. What is that??? First a picture:
I cut 3 pieces of wood, screwed them together, put in two eye screws, and strung a piece of wire across. Then hooked up a car battery charger to each eye screw (set to 6 volts and 6 amps...VERY low and safe). Wherever I want to cut I can lay the wire down, plug in the charger, and pull the wire through. It actually cuts like a hot knife through room temperature butter and almost no mess !! See the strip on top that I did as a test?? It leaves little foam hairs, very fine, that stay attached, but these clean off very easily.
That's it for today.
In my next post I intend to have the block all prepared and start the sculpting. But I think I need to play with a small piece of leftovers for practice. The head I want will be put into a Powerpoint slide and superimposed with a grid. I will label the grid according to the height and width I want so I get the proportions right. Then I will mark key points and start playing. We'll see what happens. Wish me luck.