Everyone, give this boy on the sailboat a hand….or maybe two! As you can see he currently has no hands. Which ultimately means that he needs some hands! That is why I am doing this blog post. I will show you how I’m making the hands for my sculptures. Then this boy finally can have some hands to hold up the child who will standing upon his shoulders. Nonetheless he is very happy to be the first of the children sculptures to be on the sailboat.
I have some photocopied directions that show how to make a homemade jig for making hands, so that’s what I did. I used a scrap piece of wood. Decided what size to make the hands. Pounded some nails into the wood and there is my homemade jig!
I used 20 gauge wire to wrap around the nails on my jig. Then I carefully removed the hand shaped wire from the jig. Next I used a jewelers pliers to help “fine-tune” the finger shapes. After shaping the hand, I wrapped floral tape around the wire formed hand. I also used pieces of masking tape to cover over the wire.
Once the taping was finished, I started to add Apoxie Sculpt to the hand shape. When I had most of the hand sculpted with the Apoxie, I added it to one of my children sculptures. Since making that first hand, I decided that it would work out better if I added the “wire/taped” hand to my sculpture piece before sculpting the hand with the Apoxie. Currently I am in the middle of making more hands and adding them to my remaining sculpture pieces. I have a total 7 pairs of hands to make for my sailboat sculpture. Can anyone lend me a hand? (pun intended!)
Guess I better be going for now. I still have plenty of “work-in-progress” updates to share with you. I hope you enjoyed today’s post about creating hands and that you will return to see future updates. Talk to you later!
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