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heads and other body parts

January 31st, 2010 at 19:48

I was looking at Graham’s blogs today. He made this stunning looking head (a while back in June). You can see it it here. I used to make puppets, many moons ago. Graham’s head sculpture reminded me of those and that I used to sculpture body parts / heads from different modelling masses, either bought or homemade stuff that simply dried if you let it sit (i.e. didn’t need firing). I used to use the dust from my belt sander in the carpentry workshop and mix it with wallpaper glue and wood glue, makes an excellent nearly free modelling mass.  I still have a good few unfinished pieces (and some finished ones, too, in a box somewhere…) and I thought I’d share a few of them here.

It’s funny how you forget and then you see someone else work and you remember stuff you used to do.

the jester – this little piece is about 3″ high the head was hollowed out so it wouldn’t crack when drying, the top of the head would have been completed in the next stage, and then maybe a hat or hair or both….

these hands were made from wood dust, they would have been sanded a bit next and then painted etc…

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5 Responses to “heads and other body parts”

  1. Hybrid J Says:

    How multi-talented you are! Love the hands, they’re so expressive as if asking you to touch them. Thank you for sharing. :)

  2. Amy Says:

    This kind of puppet always kinds of creeps me out! I half expect them to start talking and walking all by themselves…

    Neat project – just lock the door behind you! (I have an over active imagination, can’t you tell? This is why I do not watch scary movies)

  3. forward tumble Says:

    I know exactly what you mean! I had to laugh, reading your comment for I do understand what you’re saying very well. I don’t like horror movies either.


  4. Angie Says:

    I had a slight obsession interest in marionettes a few years ago. I really wanted to make them, but instead I just read a shitload of books on them. Have you ever seen Scott Radke’s work? Insanely beautiful. This is so cool. Maybe I should pull my how to make marionette books out again…

  5. forward tumble Says:

    Go for it!! I’d love to see what you come up with. Just googled Scott Radke, wow, very inspiring, very intense. Amy, don’t go there. :-P

    There is so much art to be done, puppets, sculptures, paintings, I even took out my clarinet this morning… I have a very pushy genie with me these days. It’s very nice (and a lá Elizabeth Gilbert, I welcome the genie in my studio).

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