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    Exclamation Horse troubles

    Hello, I'm new to the forum but have previous experience in puppet animation and other arty activities. I'm just posting to ask for some advice on a completed sculpture. I've recently just finished a horse, sculpted in non-firing clay, over an annealed armature. However it has cracked in some places and I know this is frequent in air-drying clays. I would normally use polymer clays for any serious sculpting, but I'm on a deadline and as my local art shop had no Sculpey left I had to go for this stuff.

    Is there anything I can do to salvage this model? I'm thinking about giving it a brush of dilute plaster to cover any hairlines then filling in the larger cracks with thicker plaster. The most prominent crack is exactly 2mm wide and runs over the horses back. Obviously with the structural support it is in no danger of breaking but I need the surface to be uniform and strong.

    Is a couple of layers of plaster the best method here? Would some kind of resin plaster do the trick? Any help would be much appreciated as I'm a nonplussed about these things.

    P.S: To seal, what would you recommend? (matte prefered)

    Last edited by Shakespeare; October 18th, 2010 at 04:34 PM. Reason: P.S
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    Mlliput might be worth a go - it's a two part epoxy. Dries extremely hard and can be smoothed with water whilst wet.

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    Car body filler?

    It's nice and quick if you mix it up so it's a bit pink (sod the 100:1 bullshit on the tin). Push it about as best you can while it's wet, then when it gels - knife any excess with a sharp scalpel, and get in there with some reasonably coarse sandpaper

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    Maybe some joint plaster or hole filler from hardware store that they use to fix cracks or holes in sheet rock? It's messy but can sand it afterwards.

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    Those are all excellent suggestions for filling the gaps... as for sealing,, I have used Wood glue. Yes, just plain old white wood glue. You brush it on and it dries near crystal clear. A quick coat of laquer and you are done. Hope this helps.

    Mah ' Crub

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    Thanks all round- I managed to repair and plaster the sculpture before it was displayed (last night). I went with the epoxy putty to fill the crack, gave it a few licks of plaster then sealed it with matte primer.

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