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SkyyAngel
« on: July 31, 2010 12:04:40 AM »

So yeah... I have an idea but no idea on how to execute.

I want to find an el cheapo lamp from Goodwill or similar and turn the base into a sculpture of Eddie from Iron Maidendom.

If you don't know who/what that is links to pics: Iron Maiden Eddie Google Search

I'm thinking I'll just do like head and upper shoulders (nothing too fancy) and most of it will depend on the shape of the lamp I find but what do I use to make the sculpture? I've never done this sort of thing beyond polymer clay bits so I'm at a loss. I would prefer something I don't have to fire in a kiln or bake in an oven and maybe just airdry? I'll need something slow drying because I'm not the greatest sculpter.

Sorry for being so vague and random... I just don't know what's out there. =/
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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2010 09:07:38 AM »

Sounds like an awesome idea, but I'd build up the layers first, otherwise you're going to spending a lot of money on clay. I can't recommend clay (as I'm only used to using terracotta and stoneware, clay that you have to fire in a kiln) but I would recommend you search around for materials that you would want to build up the body and the form of the sculpture with. I would say build it up to to a point where you'd only need to cover it in clay between 1/4" and 1/2" thick.

Materials you could use to build it up:
-foam
-batting
-tin foil
-cloth
-styrofoam
-newspaper
-papier-mch
-cardboard (cut into small pieces, cardboard can form rounded shapes quite easily, its like a puzzle)
-felt

There are any number of materials you could use and since I'm always looking to spend as little as possible, I'd just dig around my apartment for stuff to use. I've been known to make sculptures with broken toys, spray paint them, and call them art, but then again I usually pull all my art projects out of my ass.

lol

You could use any kind of method of attachment, although my personal favorite is hot glue gun, but if you want something more secure (although it will be covered in clay) you could use a stronger glue like a 2 part Epoxy, gorilla glue, E-6000, etc.

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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2010 11:08:11 AM »

If I were you, I'd start with a lamp-wiring kit, which you can get at most hardware stores, and build it up from there. Often, they consist of the electrical stuff (which is really easy to put together) and a pipe, which forms the base of the lamp body and gives the wire a place to run. If you want to use polymer clay, you can build an "armature" of aluminum foil, and then pile the polymer clay on top of that (makes it more lightweight and less expensive). That would also work with air-drying clay, but that might not hold up quite as well. Paper mache is another fun way to go, and it's super cheap to make and easy to adjust if you make an error.

Good luck, and make sure to post photos when you're done! I'd love to see it.  Grin
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tomico
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2010 02:48:17 PM »

I would take any lamp and build a wire armature around it. You could start with chicken wire or a thin wire that you bind together with a variety of pliers. Then you can add what ever you want on top. I've used newspaper and fabric with glue or flour and water. I have even used a variety of colored duct tape to make sculptures over a wire frame. Good luck.

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SkyyAngel
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2010 06:37:17 PM »

Great ideas guys! I never thought of building up a base so I would use less clay. Total DOH! /facepalm moment for me. Smiley 
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2010 10:29:47 PM »

oh man, i can't wait for this to be finished. i really want to see it XD
i like to use flour and water paste, and newpaper, either in strips or pulp. it's cheap, easy and dries rock hard. for bulking it up and doing the actual molding i would just use whatever's in my house as well.
not much of an original suggestion, but i just wanted to stick my nosy nose in Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2010 11:59:55 PM »

oh man, i can't wait for this to be finished. i really want to see it XD
i like to use flour and water paste, and newpaper, either in strips or pulp. it's cheap, easy and dries rock hard. for bulking it up and doing the actual molding i would just use whatever's in my house as well.
not much of an original suggestion, but i just wanted to stick my nosy nose in Cheesy
brand new i am!


Sadly haven't started yet (lack of funds... poo! plus, way busy with christmas gifts). I will def post pics when I do though. Smiley I'm hoping it will turn out as awesome in real life as it is in my head, lol!
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