Liondog construction process

Attaching clay to armature.

Attaching clay to armature.

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Completing main, solid structure on armature.

Completing main, solid structure on armature.

I use a couple different methods of constructing these forms.  Here’s the process I’m currently using in making the mid-sized pieces.
First, I build a simple armature made out of medal piping parts assembled in such a way that will support the shape I’m making.  Then I pile clay along the pipes, and build out to create the shape of the piece.  Once this stage is completed, I allow it to dry until it’s hard enough so that when I cut into it to dis-assemble, the form will not distort too much.  I end up with a puzzle of pieces that I will hollow out and then re-assemble. 

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