How to Make Clay Sculptures : How to Make an Armature for Sculpting Clay
Hi, I am Chitrotpola Mukherjee speaking on
behalf of Expert Village. When you are working on a small sculpture it can be hand held for
molding and hollowing. When you are doing a large or tall sculpture you will require
an armature. If you attempt a large or tall sculpture without this support it will collapse.
You begin making your armature with a block of wood. The block should be big and sturdy
enough to support your armature and the clay for your sculpture. The material for your
armature can be wood, wire or any sturdy material. The only requirement is that it be tall enough
to support your completed sculpture. You continue to add or remove pieces of your armature as
needed. When your armature is complete to your satisfaction, you will wrap it with rope.
The rope will ensure your clay does not fall or disintegrate. You will secure your armature
to the block of wood using nails. Once you begin to sculpt your clay onto the armature
you will need to keep it wet. When you finish working wrap a cloth around the piece and
wet it. You will continue this process until the piece is completed. The armature should
be removed when you feel the sculpture has settled and removal can be done safely. Thank