This is a piece I did after my first attempt at sculpting a full bust. Once I had the bust complete it just looked rather plain and a bit alien. I decided to cut the head at 3/4 and placed it on a flat piece of clay. I think that change really added more interest to the piece. This is also my first attempt at sculpting a full size ear and I’m pretty happy with the way it came out. I’m not so happy with the hair, I lost a lot of detail in my molding and casting.
I used straight plaster of Paris as my mold material for this piece. There was a slight undercut under the chin line and under the ear, but for the most part it molded clean. I wasn’t sure what to cast it in, so I got experimental and went to Wal-Mart and bought a $10 can of Bondo and a $10 can of fiberglass resin. I started with a Bondo layer and then built the piece up using fiberglass resin and fiberglass with the Bondo in alternating layers. As you might guess, the piece is rather heavy!
For finishing, I went with copper leaf. I sanded and primed the piece using Krylon spray paint and then painted on a red bole layer for deeper undertones. I then applied 5 layers of copper leaf to the surface. After drying, I sprayed a light layer of ammonia over the top for the patina you see on the final piece. Finally, I sealed it all in three layers of matte lacquer.
I entered this piece in the Cumberland County Public Art Fair in Fayetteville, NC in 2011. It was my first publicly displayed piece.