Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Baby liam by Ileanaj

Monday, August 29, 2011

The grasping hand

Have you ever wonder why is it that babies are  almost always sculpt with a grasping grip. Well according to Darwin's evolution theory our closest ancestors are monkeys. Can you imagine that Monkeys!
In the bellow pictures you are going to see monkeys grasping their mothers fur. Even though a human baby's grasp is not as strong as a baby monkey's or simian, the reflex suggest that this instinct is still present. Opening gently a  newborns (infant) hands they will grasp their tiny hands around yours.
The Baby Grasping reflex start to disappear by about the 2nd month of life, this is due mainly because by the 2nd month a baby's brain is rapidly developing to become more of a human (more independent) :-).

Chimpanzee Infant in Captivity, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Ngamba Island, Uganda, Africa

Chacma Baboon Carrying Young, Hluhluwe and Umfolozi Game Reserves, South Africa

Baby Sumatran Orangutan, Indonesia

Sumatran Baby Orangutan, Pongo Pygmaeus, Indonesia

Intern at Minneapolis General Hospital Examining Throat of Newborn Baby

Nurse-Midwife Maude Callen Shows Smiling Alice Her Newborn Son

Friday, August 12, 2011

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Fixing broken polymer clay sculpts

It is really easy to fix a polymer clay sculpt.

What you really need to fix your sculpture is fresh Polymer clay (same color of the sculpt you are going to be fixing) Mineral spirits for easy cleanup, a kitchen knife (to clean up excess polymer clay upon adding), and a oven.

1. Clean your hands with dish washing soap really good. This will clean any dirt from your hands.

2. Apply polymer clay to the broken area of you sculpture and put together the broken pieces as if you where gluing them.

3. With the knife make sure that any fresh polymer clay sticking out is smoothed out from the broken area you are trying to fix.

4. With the mineral spirits and a brush or if you do not have a brush you can use some other form of tool to finish wiping your sculpture to get ready for a quick 10-15 minute baking.

5. After wiping off any excess clay. preheat your oven at 275 degrees Fahrenheit. After preheating your oven put your sculpture in on a damp paper towel to avoid the sculpture from burning in the bottom. Make sure you check your sculpture every 5 minutes to avoid any burning damage to it.  When all of this is done turn off the oven and let the sculpture cool down inside the oven to prevent any cracks.

Visuals to come...

ooak baby head sculpting