Sculpting flowers is something I really enjoy doing. Adding one to my garden lady seemed like a great thing to do. At first I didn’t know how many flowers to add. Should I have a variety of flowers or just one? Didn’t really want to cover the wavy curls in the front of her hair or cover her ear. Played around with adding some clay petals to determine what mass I wanted in that area.
Decided to do a big single flower (nothing too busy looking), one that had a romantic, lacy feel to it. Because clay shrinks, the flower kept getting smaller, and so I had to add more to the edges in order to get it to be the right size.
When making ceramic roses, I can have the petals very thin and dainty. But for bronze, I have to thicken the petals so that the flower will de-mold well. Maintaining the dainty look can be tricky. I back fill behind the petals with clay, but kept the edges as thin as possible. Below is the finished rose.
Next, I worked on getting her dress finished out with ribbon ties and bow.
Wavy hair, flower, and ribbon ties…. that oughta do it! I love swirly, wavy anything!
If the neckline tie is too fine, the foundry workers might remove too much metal, and the tie would disappear. I continued to add more clay until it was just thick enough.
In order to work on her bodice area, I had to remove the arm once again.
Next I’ll work on her chair cushion.
Thank you for your interest in following this sculpture to completion.
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