"I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way-things I had no words for." ~ Georgia O'Keeffe

Friday, July 18, 2008


I was trying to do something constructive with some polymer clay that I have. So I tried my hand at sculpting. I followed directions from a free tutorial on the net http://www.cdhm.org/tutorials/learn-to-sculpt-face-and-head.html It is actually for a fairy face but I changed and added clay here and there to make it look like an old person. I was actually thinking of a Santa Clause face but I don't think this looks anything thing like it. At least this face is not my idea of a Santa face. I think for a first time ever sculpt it came out ok. Although it has become rather big from the original size I started out with. But I have no idea how to make it all look smooth not that I am going to do anything with this one it is not good enough. I don't have an oven either to bake it. I know one could do it in a normal cooking oven but I am not keen to bake clay in what I cook. But I do enjoy the process of sculpting. I will just practice a bit more and see how I do. Many of you are good at sculpting so if you can point out my errors or what I need to add or substract from the face please feel free to do so.


  1. What a surprise to see that you are sculpting! Good for you. I need to get back to it- I seem to have wandered away from sculpting.

    One thing makes face sculpting easier for me is that I make the eyes, bake them and then put them in the eye sockets, that way I don't have to worry about squishing the eyeball when sculpting and pressing the eyelids around them. And some times I use bare wooden beads as my eyes- just give them a few coats of gesso, sand, place in your eye sockets, and continue working on your sculpt. The onky other tip is the same one told to me- practice, practice, practice!

  2. I'm still practicing(: good to see you give it a go. I use a clay oven now and love it, although I hate that it has to preheat for 20 minutes. You might be able to find a used toaster oven to commit to cooking your clay.

  3. You are so talented Shashi! It looks great! I'm very impressed!
    have a wonderful weekend!
    Nicola xx

  4. Cool sculpt Shashi! The one thing that springs immediately to my attention is that (in the photo at least) the face is in balance, but it is too big for the head. Can you see that the eyes are not at the half way line of the skull? (I know how well you draw faces, so I am sure you know what I mean.) If you were to add more clay to build up the forehead and back of the skull, you'd have a really great sculpt going on. He has more of an African look to me than a Santa -- awesome nose!

  5. I am in awe of your talent Shashi - I wouldn't know where to start!
    Looking forward to seeing more and watching how you progress.
    Love Linda x

  6. Sorry Shashi, but I've tagged you.
    See my blog.


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