Phase One: Setting up the framework!

  1. Once the design is decided upon I must build an armature or frame to hold the clay, which I use to create my sculptures. I start with a steel skeleton, a steel frame and a wooden base to hold the armature.
  2. To the steel skeleton or armature I add plywood and foam blocks to fill out the form.
  3. I glue and screw the foam to the armature.
  4. I add foam to the arms which are made of steel pipe and wire.
  5. I position the arms and start to shape the foam and add oil clay to the form.