Which is why sometimes it takes two to make one. In order to be able to have this hand position, I made two molds. One for the main part of the hand, wrist, and arm, and the second mold for the two extending fingers. In the greenware (prior to firing the porcelain in the kiln), I attached the fingers to the first piece (just like a puzzle) by using some more liquid porcelain.
After the piece dried, I cleaned and then fired it in the kiln.
Even as much as I love porcelain, it does have it’s limits. Since porcelain is a liquid clay, making a mold is required for everything I sculpt. I prefer the translucent glow and the satin like feeling which porcelain offers. The downside is that there is only so much dimension I can sculpt in clay. In every piece I sculpt, the math and an analyzation is made - "Can this piece be pulled out of a plaster mold?".
So why all the trouble and hassle? Because that is the beauty of art. Art challenges and causes me to go outside of my comfort zone. For if it was easy, I wouldn't grow.
Welcome to my blog. This is where I will reveal the magic of my Faes and share with you some of the success and pitfalls through the journey of doll making, sculpting, and other crafts that all come back to my dolls in many ways.
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