I'm trying to limit the things I picture in each of these posts to what is new or different for each of the animal sculptures I am doing.
In the last two days I finished the moose horns with a wash of paint and sealer, and he is ready for his fur coat.
I wrapped the deer antlers with another layer of plaster cloth yesterday, and today I did a wrap of fiberglass tape and a coat of resin.
I put some extra resin over the rope, and will be doing a layer of plaster cloth over that tomorrow.
I think of the warthog as having a squishy piggy nose, so I start it with a cut out piece of foam rubber.
I wrap this in a piece of thinner cloth, make the whole thing wet, and stain it with black India ink.
Making the fabric wet causes the ink to feather out and not be as black.
A warthog is not "furry" so instead of using fake fur for his skin I use a coarse wool. When he is finished I will spend al least an hour brushing him with a hard bristle brush to bring up the little "hairs" from the wool.
I did not buy the fabric in a "fabric store." It is in fact a woolen blanket I bought at the local Army Surplus store. I sure would hate to sleep under one, they are terribly scratchy.
This is the finished warthog, before brushing.
Three down, and three to go!