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Carving a Head out of Wax: Beginning : Cutting Wax Blocks for Sculptures

Carving a Head out of Wax: Beginning : Cutting Wax Blocks for Sculptures


We are now at the block carving stage. We’re
going to try and take this block, and we’re going to start shaping into the shape that
it needs to be in order to create our figure. And the first step in that process is to measure
it out. So, I have already got measurements of this. This is a one-sixth scale. At a one-sixth
scale, our head is going to be approximately two inches high. So I’m going to cut this
block so that it’s a little bit larger than two inches. And I have been preheating my
blade with my handy-dandy light source candle, heat source, so that it can cut through this
wax faster. And basically, I have already measured out two and one-quarter inches to
give myself a little bit of space. And I’m just going to take the blade and start the
process of cutting through the wax on all sides until I cut all the way through the
block of wax. Nothing difficult about this. It’s just hard wax, so it will take a little
bit of time to cut through the process. But just keep cutting it on all sides, heating
the blade as you go in order to ease the cut, until you cut all the way through the surface.

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