Wednesday, December 9, 2015

"The Shapeways Project" ~ Part 3

With bear show preparations behind me, for a little while at least, I was able to get the sculpting done on the tree.  This took a lot longer than expected, but I'm happy with how its going. 
In the last update, I showed you my wire armature that I started with.  This proved to be really sturdy and worked out well.  If I had to do it over, I probably would have bulked out the trunk a little bit more, but it wasn't a big deal.
I started sculpting at the trunk.  I chose to use Paper Clay because it is light weight and it air dries.  I usually prefer Pro Sculpt, but there was no way this tree was going to fit in my oven, LOL!  As the paper clay dries, it does tend to crack, but I wasn't too worried about that since it would only add to the look of tree bark anyway. 
Once I got the trunk sculpted, I let it dry for a couple of days to be sure it was solid before I started on all of those branches.
(Sorry about the messy table!)

Here is a close up of the bark details I tried adding.  There was a lot of trial and error, but hopefully the painting process will show everything better.
Once the trunk was dry I just started adding clay to the branches.  This took quite a while because I found that I could only do a couple at a time before I would have to let them dry overnight.  I was just bumping them too much and then I would have to go back and fix things.  A good tip is to add wood glue to the armature before you add the clay.  I love Gorilla Glue and highly recommend it.
At this point I decided to add the frame to the base as well.  I wouldn't have been able to get it on there once all the braches were added.  

 So this is where I am now.  Sorry about the glare, it was late last night when I took this.  All these branches took me about three weeks!  That is mostly dry time though, and I didn't have time to work on it everyday unfortunately.  I have pesky things like laundry and cooking to take care of, LOL! 
Next up is painting.  That won't take me nearly as long. 
I'll be back with another post soon!
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