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Phoenix Sculpture Painted
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Published: January 8, 2015
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As my first fully sculpted wings, I'm extremely happy with how they came out and plan to use this technique again.

Rather than a usual phoenix, I decided to work in some dragon qualities with the chest plating and more serpentine tail beneath those feathers.

low heat sculptor's clay, armature wire, Liquitex acrylics
Sculpey Sealant: off my to-use list, don't use it, my advice; whitens and crackles up horribly even when mixed well; I barely had enough time to fix most of the bird's whitened details with more paint, but the crackle remained. At that point, it looked good with the crackle.

stands at approx. 25/8" tall from base to head crest
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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
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1/99 second
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90 mm
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Dec 24, 2014, 2:20:26 PM
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SunsphynxHobbyist General Artist
Nice sculpture, I like the dragonlike parts to it.
There is actually a sealant I've read's actually for floors, (or furniture, maybe) though, and I haven't made anything worth putting sealant on. I don't remember what it's called offhand though. Polymer clay doesn't actually NEED sealant, most of the time. But it's supposed to make it look better.
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Thank you! I paint mine with acrylics, so I prefer to seal them just to be sure, though they're hardly items you'd take out of the display case and play with. I used regular polymer sealant a while ago, but I feared, since it's not acid-free, that it would yellow over the years as with some paintings I've helped frame in the past.

I've been experimenting with Mod Podge Hard Coat and am getting great results for what I need, so I think I've found my solution. I still don't know why this and my hieroglyph piece crackled, but that little expensive bottle is in the trash now, so it won't happen again.
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I know, it's weird how the official, expensive stuff doesn't always work, while something possibly cheaper and usually used for other things would work just fine, or better. Shrug 
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alswaiterProfessional General Artist
Nice job! I haven't tried sculpting yet. It's on my list though....
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