Primitive figure plaster cast project

Primitive figures

        Primitive figure castings:Shepherd Primitive Figure

These are primitive figures possibly gods. Also a shepherd with a staff we think. Ancient art photos are great resources for very interesting figures. The white one is the raw plaster before finishing. The one with the patina was first sealed with a urethane. When that had hardened a stain was applied with a brush and before setting was wiped off with a rag, leaving some in cracks and crevices which gives the figure detail and depth.

Both were created many years ago and although they have been moved many times since then have survived very well. The nicks and dings give them character! In fact we like to think the same about the artists here at Creating123.


Non-hardening reusable sculpture clay, sculpting tools of all kinds. We have complete modeling tool kits but please don’t overlook tools from common items such as nails and even sponges to

provide texture. Mold making material and a board to work on. Plaster of Paris. Shellac or polyurethane to seal the raw plaster after drying. Wood stain for the patina. A rag to wipe off stain.

Process; We prefer non-hardening clay since it takes us quite some time to complete a piece usually. Some clay can usually be salvaged so it can be used again for another project. Also we have found that it smooths easily without the adding additional moisture to prevent drying, and does not crack from drying. It can take and retain fine detail. Mold material can be easily applied over it and removed after setting. Some clay may come off with the completed rubber mold but is easily removed from the crevices so casting can be detailed.

After the mold is made (see Youtube for various techniques) pour plaster into the mold and swish it around to get in all the detail, then pour remaining plaster in slowly tapping the mold to release air bubbles.

Patina: This figure has yellowed a bit from the shellac. A non-yellowing polyurethane may prevent this. After the sealer dried a wood stain was brushed on and worked into all the detail. Then a clean rag was used to remove much of the stain from the main areas of the piece. If the stain had set up too much you can use paint thinner to remove more of the stain to get the result you want.

Notes: Mold making has come a long way since we made these sculptures. Silicone rubber has replaced latex it seems and allows for more detail, and quicker turnaround time. These were poured in a rubber caste was made which involved painting layer after layer of liquid rubber Check out the many casting videos on YouTube…which also did not exist when these figures were sculpted.

Some of the best tools are the ones in your home already. Spoons, forks and many other items may provide just the texture you are looking for. If you look around you will find that your pieces will have more interesting We even used an old pasta making roller to roll out clay to cut strips to build up arms, legs and other pieces for our sculptures. Reliefs can be easily built up in sections initially with even layers of clay produced by a pasta roller. Found items are the best! Be creative!

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