|Wrap a foam cone to use for body of figure|
Today we have another demonstration in a series of instructional videos from Marisol Romero about cold porcelain. Many air-dry clay projects call for Styrofoam shapes as armatures for figure modeling and sometimes, instead of a simple ball, you need a larger, oblong shape or double spheres. In the following video, Marisol shows how to tape 2 Styrofoam balls together and wrap both with cold porcelain (or other air-dry clay) and
also how to connect 2 loose balls with the cold porcelain. This technique is useful for modeling bodies of characters, such as bears, snowmen or doll figures.
Video narration is in Spanish, but even if you don't understand the language you should be able to follow along. Marisol clearly and carefully shows each step. One of the things she is saying is that it is important to use the palm of your hand to smooth the wrap as you press it around the foam ball. Notice that she starts with a ball of cold porcelain that is approximately the same size as the 2 foam balls combined.
We've previously featured a few other videos from Marisol showing the proper way to wrap Styrofoam shapes with cold porcelain (without getting cracks or trapped air) such as How to Properly Wrap a Foam Cone with Clay ...see the Labels for "Styrofoam" to view more videos. Her videos are very educational for those just getting started with cold porcelain. She also offers classes on her website (for a fee).