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I determined to embark on do a clay head, so naturally, I chose Lionel Richie (circa 1984) as my model. For the uninitiated, Richie"s video clip for the 1984 blockbuster hit, "Hello", functions his clay head molded by a remote art student, Laura.I am no blind, yet I do wear glasses and love Lionel Richie. Perhaps most importantly, my name is additionally Laura. As you can well imagine, given all this similarities, ns felt a psychic connection with the Laura in the video and want to make this tribute to grandfather Richie.If you"ve never ever molded a clay head, don"t worry. Ns am walk to provide you all the mystery tips and tricks to doing this and also GUARANTEE friend will have a well formed head once you space done with this Instructable.

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I go an incredible amount of research study in order to number out just how to sculpt Lionel. You deserve to read more about that HERE.Point is this: if you don"t know how to sculpt, you require to build off that a base. In my instance I made decision to build my head off of a foam head. This deserve to most frequently be discovered in your local neighborhood hair weave emporium.In enhancement to your clay head, you"ll require air dry clay, a sponge, assorted clay sculpting tools (typically marketed in packs at a arts or pottery store), a defended surface to occupational on and also a key of water.Finally, I chose to to buy a small sculpting wheel to mountain Lionel ~ above so that I can easily swivel his head around. This is totally optional, yet it make it much easier to sculpt roughly his head.Parts list in detail:Foam head ~ $10Air dry clay  roughly 8 pounds ~$25Clay sculpting tools ~ $10Sculpting wheel ~ $10


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Mold your clay top top the foam head to cover that entirely. I recommend acquisition a chunk that clay, rojo it right into a snake like figure, and also then placing that on the foam head. This will help you to much more evenly distribute clay for this reason it"s no lumpy.You"ll need to continue wetting the clay gingerly to assist you mold.At this stage, make sure to sheathe the head v a good layer that clay. If it"s as well thin, it will certainly crack and also your sculpture will go from arts to looking favor something the end of Thriller.Once you"re done extending the head, us can start to include the facial characteristics.


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Here"s whereby the arts comes in. Have actually a photograph in front of girlfriend of your subject. Describe the photo frequently as you add pieces of clay to the sculpture. Mold as you check out fit.There"s a trick to adding clay on top of clay: when including clay on top of clay, you require to have them bind.1) Score the underside of the brand-new piece that clay. 2) Score the area you will be adding the clay. 3) take it a little amount that clay water and rub it into the scored areas. 4) attach the 2 pieces.


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For Lionel, ns really had to number out the challenge of sculpting a jerry curl. Fortunately, it"s in reality really easy!Take pieces of clay that you"ve formed into "snakes" and line them up on his head (remember you"ll want to use the trick I pointed out in the last step about scoring).Attach the strips come his head and then merely pinch them between your fingers. It"s simply that easy.

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Once you"re done, you"ll need to let your sculpture dry. This normally takes 2 days. If you notification your sculpture cracking, just wet the influenced area, and add an ext clay.


I made decision to offer Lionel to my work-related wife, angelabchua.I simply placed it on her desk for her to enjoy. This was she reaction to finding it: