Friday, January 14, 2011
I have added some clay to the vine so the support rod is covered.
The bulk of the hand is added over the vine end.
Each finger is made to match the size and shape of her other hand's corresponding fingers, attached to the hand, wrapped around the vine, and shaped.
Nail beds are pressed into the ends of the fingers.
A quick note about working clay on a support rod like we have been doing: The clay will want to separate from the rod as you work. This is a good thing. We want a slight air pocket between the clay and the rod if possible. This will let the rod flex as weight is applied but the clay will not travel as far as the flexed rod. Once the arms are cured, they will be superheated so they can bend as well. This will decrease the chance of stress fractures in the arms.
Have a great day!