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  1. Hello everyone, Thank you for all your help with our project. Here’s a picture of the sculpture that was created. We ended up using WED clay and using cellulose fiber paper clay to fix the cracks. For the next project I am looking forward to working with paper clay and paper mache technique exclusively . The size of the sculpture is about 42” tall and was completely hand built and it’s called Ganesha thank you , GR
  2. Thank you Denice for your sharing your insights - the upper parts like hands are going to be built separately and joined with shoulders. So far we have built clay upto shoulders. My husband just confirmed ; the lower seat part has 2” wall thickness (upto waist) and belly, chest and shoulders have 1” . We are debating if we should build head separately and join. Trunk, ears, hands will be built separately and joined . My concern with burning off with acetone or gasoline is the gases emitted during the process. I have a toddler at home. Alternatively we were thinking of cutting patches and removing the styrofoam with hot knife . Will it be ok to leave the armature in? What is the worst case scenario I am looking at if armature is left in?
  3. Hello everyone! Update - we have decided to use only Wed clay for this project since we are on a deadline and not have time for experimenting. I would like to know what is the ideal wall thickness to have when using on a styrofoam armature. Right now we have about 1” Wall Unsure if it should be more like 2” or less ? Also, can I leave in the armature? It will not be fired and the sculpture needs to be around only for a short period of time ( about 1 month). Will there be too many cracks to deal with if armature is left in? Based on the amount of clay used the sculpture already seems to weigh a lot!! Any ideas to reduce the weight? Thank you in advance for your time and advice. GR
  4. Thank you Min, Denise & Callie for your inputs. I will bear in mind the tips as I work on the paper clay. Since I last communicated the size of the sculpture has been revised to 3.5’ height instead of 5’. Would it be ok to mix cellulose with wed clay ( wet) since I already have it with me. In the past I have made a similar piece with Amaco’s self hardening airdry clay. Is it necessary to add cellulose at all for this project? If so, Can I just wedge in some cellulose in small batches as I work ? I am making a sculpture of Lord Ganesha; attached is an image if it Thank you all of your support and inputs.
  5. Hi, I am working on a large scale sculpture about 5 feet tall and 31/2 feet wide. I will not be firing this piece ; will be air dried only. The life of the sculpture is expected to stay only for about 1.5 months I considered Laguna paper clay but availability and timing is an issue. I have WED (Walt Disney modeling clay - wet) with me that I thought would use for this project initially. Reading lots of posts about making your own paper clay and the advantage of green strength by using paper I am inspired to try making paper clay. I have green blow in cellulose from Lowe’s that I want to use instead of bath tissue or newspaper. My local ceramic distributor has OM-4 ball clay in powder format and can provide stoneware clay in dry powder format. I would like to get some advice on if one of these clays are better than the other. And any advice on how much cellulose / fiber should be added to the clay. I plan to rent a cement mixer to combine the clay and fiber. I plan to use the pillow case to filter / drain the water out. Is a plaster bat also required to get the clay workable consistency for handbuilding? Any additional inputs are welcome. Thank you in advance for reading my query and offering your help. regards, GR
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