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    Question Ooops: First Sculpy Sculpture - cracks after baking

    Hi all,

    Way back when Smellybug posted his Maquette tutorial I started a human figure study using some of his techniques.

    My two biggest issues, now that I finally finished the 9 inch standing male sculpture, were:

    1) I had trouble with the wire armature coming through in different locations while the sculpy was soft. I would usually just stop sculpting for a few days to let the clay harden to get around this.

    2) After baking the sculpture I think I pulled the marquette out of the oven to soon. I have cracks forming in both legs. I assume the armature will keep everything together. I was kind of excited to see how well it baked...

    {monday update: the cracks have now fully separated. One leg at the knee, the other leg at the ankle. It's a pretty clean break on both}

    - Does anyone know if the cracks will get worse over time or just stop once the marquette is cooled?

    - is there a general rule on how long sculpy models take to cool?

    - is there a glue or putty I can use to seal the cracks?

    I guess I should have left it in the oven overnight.

    Thank you for any help,

    Mike,

    PS, sorry no digital camera so no instant picture to show.

    Last edited by Mike3; March 7th, 2005 at 09:07 AM.
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    One more question... how long does sculpy last?

    Another question,

    I started my sculpture back in August 2004. I mixed super sculpy and sculpy 3 to get the gray color. So my marquette has been around since then only covered with plastic, but not air tight.

    How long will sculpy last this way without affecting the sculpture?

    Thanks,

    Mike

    PS hopefully my next attempt will take a lot less time...

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