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Carving a Head out of Wax: Refining : Smooth Skin with Steel Wool in Wax Sculpture

Carving a Head out of Wax: Refining : Smooth Skin with Steel Wool in Wax Sculpture


After having established the hairline, one
of the things that we’re going to do is I’ve come back in here and I’ve done a little bit
of carving some more. Wiped out part of my eyebrow-that’s okay, we’ll come back in and
fix that later-but I’ve done some rough carving, smoothing above the eyebrows and between the
hairline. One of the tools that I like to use at this point is to bring in my 00 or
000 steel wool pad. You’ll watch what happens to the surface here, how rough it is at this
point, with my steel wool just go over that part of the skin and you can see that it creates
a nice smooth, skin-like surface on here and take away some of the unnecessary carving
marks from the process of using the Exacto blade or the Dremel. Very nice smooth surface
to work with. We can use that on the whole part of the face now that we have the face
fairly roughed out. And you can see that it takes away a lot of the rough edges and the
unrefined details. Beginning to look pretty good.

Comments (6)

  1. interesting repect for traditional arts
    from Italy

  2. Can you tell me what kind of wax you were using for the head. It seems so hard, is it jewelers wax or what? Thanks a lot.

  3. hard jewellers wax. aka green wax. purple is a little less hard, blue is softer still. red is very soft…. i think as soft as it gets?

  4. I can use this information, Thanks!

  5. how do u make it fine ?

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