Worked on the nymph yesterday between attempts at fixing frozen pipes in Kelly's shower. Nymph went fine, pipes -not so much.
She has a depression by her navel which I made with a skewer before curing.
Cure with the heat gun about six inches away from the surface. Keep the gun moving as you set the new clay to avoid overheating. This takes about 30 seconds to cure.
Sanding should be fast if you have smoothed as much as possible before curing.
BE sure to support your figure as you sand especially the arms and legs or you can crack them.
Brush off all the sanding debris and rub the entire surface down with acetone on a white cotton rag to polish out any scratches from the coarse sanding blocks.
Now that the moonies are repaired and the surface is smooth I will use the heat gun and superheat the entire figure. I am doing this because the stress on her is incredible and would result in a crack within a year or two if not addressed now. I start at the feet and work my way up the figure as I hold her in my hand. Once I get to the waist I place her on the Satyr's support rod and continue to superheat the spine and arms as she hangs. This lets the clay relax and the armature supports the weight of the figure. When the clay cools, the stress will be carried by the armature not the clay. **The last thing I do with the heat gun is go back to the hips and waist and keep gradually heating them from side to side. Once the hips are soft enough to press in with my thumbs, I bend the legs back together and wrap them from mid thigh to knee with a piece of old T shirt to keep the knees together. When she cools completely, I unwrap the legs and the knees stay together again as you can see in the second picture down from here. Don't rush this process or you will have a crack to repair later on.
The nail beds are wet with liquid Sculpy and translucent clay is added to the nails them cured with the heat gun.
** Note the knee location compared to the earlier photo. This tip alone is worth the cost of admission:)
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