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Armatures for sculptures Information

If you’ve been following my adventures in sculpting, you would know I’ve been struggling with what to use in internal support of my figures. I’ve used wire, which seemed to work. I’ve used wood which may or may not have caused cracks. Maybe the cracks would have appeared anyway? So as is my usual way of doing things; I am doing more research now , after I’ve experimented.

Armatures:

  • Stainless steel- will withstand 2150 degrees F , cone 5. It can stay in the piece but must be wrapped with paper so the clay can shrink against it. The paper burns away and gives shrinkage room.
  • Nylon mesh or nylon wire-  gives support during construction but burns out during firing.
  • Wood- must be wrapped and removed before clay dries
  • Pipes- must be wrapped and removed before clay dries
  • Glass Bottles- must be wrapped and removed before clay dries

Source:Working with clay

By Susan Peterson, Jan Peterson

One response

  1. I fire hotter than 2150, so forget trying stainless steel!

    what about TIGHTLY rolled rods of paper????? Let’s try that

    July 28, 2011 at 7:30 AM

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