I'm sure it could be done if the whole thing was coated in an animal safe clear resin, and I may try it in the future but as of now I don't really have a setup for it. Thanks for the idea though, I may have to try it in the years to come!It would be cool if they were painted reef safe and could be set in a tank as decoration while waiting for the tank to be cycled
Thanks a lot! Oh gosh lol, I couldn't imagine doing something like that to my corals I'm glad I could fool you though, I appreciate the complement!I looked at the photos before reading and i was like OH NO WHAT DID YOU DO TO YOUR ACANTHOPHYLLIAS!!! Lol great job they're really convincing
Wow, those are amazing! I think there must be some misunderstanding, I sculpt these out of polymer clay (like that oven bake stuff but higher quality). Sorry I didn't clarify that. The polymer clay is a bit more sturdy and handles shipping a little better as well (especially with the tiny feeding tentacles), but ceramics are on my list of things to try! Again sorry I failed to communicate that properly.Hello,
I do pottery also and here are some of the vases I have made. Do you underglaze your work or just paint them. Do you bisque first them, then high fire then paint them?
Hello,Wow, those are amazing! I think there must be some misunderstanding, I sculpt these out of polymer clay (like that oven bake stuff but higher quality). Sorry I didn't clarify that. The polymer clay is a bit more sturdy and handles shipping a little better as well (especially with the tiny feeding tentacles), but ceramics are on my list of things to try! Again sorry I failed to communicate that properly.
That sounds interesting! I was actually considering trying something similar to the slip cast technique except with clear resins (so I could mimic the translucency effects of real coral flesh, IE clear tentacles and vesicles). It would be a similar technique in that I would sculpt the main piece out of opaque oil clays then cast the sculpture in silicone. When I have the silicone mold empty and clean, I could then fill it back up with resins of varying colors and paint them to mimic corals more closely. As I mentioned previously, Ceramics and porcelain are two art forms I would love to get into, so maybe this year I'll get my mother's kiln working and try them out.Hello,
Aww thank you . No need to be sorry, at first glance I though you were using throwing clay (which is also sculpting clay). Some of the colors looked under glazed so I was that’s neat, wanted to see what’s the cone level was and reduction rate. For the oven baked style clay those turned out great. Isn’t clay fun. Not sure if you have thought of this, but what about a slip cast mold? Once you make one, you could always use slip cast and make them, and do different colors. It would need a bisque fire, but it’s much stronger also. You could do the basic form, then (with the small details), use dental picks to etch them in deeper into the plaster mold. Then when you pour in the slip, and let it set up, you can pull the mold apart. With the clay still soft, you can add even more detail, but this could allow you to make several. The nice part is, because you can add and remove clay before it dries, (and it’s hollow), each one is still unique, there’s only one.
Thanks a lot, I appreciate it! Yes, I plan to continue making these for as long as possible and have four new pieces in the pipeline that should be ready for sale by next week! So that's exciting. I plan to make a few smaller sculptures for a while before I begin making pieces in the 6-10" range, which are what I'm looking forward to the most.wow, is it very cool for you, do you plan to continue doing this? if yes, then share with us! Very interesting to watch!))