Continues from Part 1.
Wrapping – something new for me, but definitely a well-known method of making a body.
I decided to wrap Miss Marple’s body in cotton gauze instead of sculpting it out clay because after she is dressed, she will never be undressed. So no need to put Miss Marple through the indecencies of sculpting every wrinkle and bit of sagging flesh out of clay. Her aging body is not what we love her for. Right now she might look like a patient fresh out of a mental asylum, but you wait and see, I am sure she will look very elegant with the hair and clothes on.
On the pictures you see the attempt #3. Did not like the first two versions.
What I learned:
1. Use glue (frequent small dots). I used Fabritac fabric glue.
2. Do not try to build the bulk in a particular spot with gauze, tuck in a part of a cotton ball under the gauze instead.
3. Wrapping is much easier and faster than sculpting the body in clay.
There were other minor changes:
– lengthen the neck slightly.
– shave off clay from her cranium to her hairline – to allow for the hair wig, otherwise the head would be too big.
– trimmed and sanded her hands to make them thinner and more birdlike.
– trimmed her feet to allow for the shoes leather thickness.
– epoxied all the modules in place with the Magic Smooth.
Face and hands painting
Tools and materials on the photos
– Genesis heat-set paints (Burnt Umber, Genesis Red, Ultramarine blue, Titanium White – these are included in the Genesis Paints Survival Kit
– fine detail brushes
– q-tips – to wipe the paint (regular household for wiping and mini q-tips for fine detail)
– Polymer smoothing oil – to dilute genesis paints
So, here I have my genesis paints – on a ceramic palette under the lid in a chinese food container they stay good for years. The trial 5 gram jars that we sell might last for a life-time.
Well, that is pretty much it. Final touch – some Genesis Red + Titanium White on the apples of the cheeks and some Genesis Red + Burnt Umber + Titanium White on the lips.
Well, I think she looks lovely.
And bake – just for a few minutes after the temperature reaches Genesis setting temperature, which is least 250ºF/121ºC but not exceed 280ºF/138ºC.
Not enough time- the paint will smudge, too much time and it will change color.
Genesis Paints: Information, Instructions and Colors.
For best results, use an oven thermometer.
Tools and materials on the photos
– Tibetan lamb fur (remnants in Snow White, Silver Grey and Flaxen Blonde)
– Fabritac glue
– pure acetone (technical, hardware store type) – to dilute Fabritac glue and for clean up
– small hair comb
– 5/8″ wide cotton tubular gauze (will list tomorrow Monday November 21, 2016)
– latex finger cots
So here are my Tibetan lamb remnants. Miss Marple is blonde with silver streaks.
Same strip of tubular gauze stretched.
Paint the head with Vaseline Petroleum Jelly (release agent) before applying Fabritac glue.
Dilute Fabritac with acetone to make it thinner, it prevents stringing. It is much easier to work with when making hair.
There are 2 advantages of this technique:
1. Hairline is much nicer.
2. It is possible to do the parting. I did not need it this time, she will have a high Victorian bun, but this is a very useful feature – the parting. To do the parting – take the wig off and tuck the parting in and sew from inside. I think it will work, need to test.
Thank you for your interest, see you soon.
Continues on Part 3.