In 2002 we ran away from Illinois where we were born and raised, and started a new life in SW Florida. This blog is about me (an eccentric old artist), ROM (my Real Old Man), Isabella (our neurotic Standard Poodle) and Emmy (our crazy snake killing Jack Russell Terrier). Oh- and the neighborhood old people. Life is good in Florida!


Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Tutorial Tuesday- Part 2

Okay, when we left off last Tuesday, we had completely covered the neck and head wire with masking tape. The reason for the tape is to give the Aves Apoxie Sculpt (which is what we are going to do next) something to grip. It's much easier to apply the Apoxie to the tape covering than to a smooth wire surface. And the purpose for the Apoxie is to give the neck strength to avoid cracks in the clay that we will apply later. 

The two parts of the Apoxie must be mixed together in order for it to harden. You have about 2-3 hours of working time after mixing before it hardens. First make sure your wire is in the exact position you want before applying the the Apoxie because once it hardens you won't be able to re-position it. Once you have it the way you want it, mix your Apoxie. You will need to make equal size balls of both part 1 and part 2. How much to mix depends on the size of the area you need to cover. It's better to mix too little than too much because you can always mix more if needed. 

Mix the two parts by kneading with your hands. It's sticky but if you keep your hands moist it will keep the Apoxie from sticking to your hands. Have a bowl of water near by to dip your fingers in- the Apoxie won't stick to your fingers if your hands are moist. Mix the two parts thoroughly, by kneading the two parts together for several minutes. It must be mixed well! Have a piece of aluminum foil to set the mixed ball on as you work- it won't adhere to the foil. 

Starting at the point where I connected the wire to the obelisk, I applied a very thin layer of the Apoxie all the way up the neck armature to the very end of what will eventually be the heron's beak. I applied it by adding small amounts at a time, firmly pressing it onto the armature and blending into the next small amount, working my way up the neck. Before the Apoxie starts to harden, check your armature and make sure it's in the position you want. With moist fingers go back over the Apoxie, smoothing and making sure the Apoxie is firmly pressed into the armature.  

Now the hard part- waiting for the Apoxie to harden. I hate the waiting part. When I'm on a roll, stopping and waiting is agony. But the wait is necessary before the next step. Give the Apoxie 24 hours to completely cure and harden. 

If you have trouble understanding any of my instructions, feel free to ask questions in the comments. 

And that's it for this week's Tutorial Tuesday... 

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