Saturday, December 20, 2014

Four days before Christmas and I feel as today was a great gift given to me for the intense work I put into the clay mold of Ocean Dancer’s I second pour. Spending many hours perfecting the smoothness of the clay really paid off. One may not notice it in the following photos, as the bronze comes out of the furnace at 2,000 degrees, but I can tell it is going to be a smooth lovely finish. In about 40 more hours of work!

Le Beau Touché is a sulfur free, extremely smooth and flexible plasteline with exceptional adhesive qualities, but too soft.

  • The summer heat made the clay very soft, every nail and finger print showed.
  • More clean up to eliminate the imperfections from the marks in the clay.
  • Careful with the tools, any “miss-taps from a tool showed up on the clay. 
  • More clean up to eliminate the scratches
  • Dust, clean it up

Next clay
AMACO Modeling/Sculpting Materials > Industrial Styling Clay (HBX-2)
Non-hardening. AMACO® Industrial Styling Clay is excellent for designing large and small models. A medium firmness clay that can be carved, extruded, shellacked or painted and held to +/- 1/2000 inch tolerance. 

Today was the pour…..

Seven layers of sand creates a ceramic shell
Ceramic shell is heated to 1700 degrees to prevent cracking

30 minutes later it rests in a pile of dry clean sand.
Molton Bronze is heated to 2000 degrees, broken glass is added to the bronze to release impurities.

Clean very hot molton bronze secure and ready to pour
Nic's first pour!

2000 degrees
One hour after the pour the ceramic is removed from the sand to cool.

After 30 minutes, its grab with large prongs and water is poured on to crack the shell.

A very clean break

Next the spurs are sawed off

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Baby Sting Ray

After speaking to Michael owner of M & M Surf School in Seal Beach, we have come to the conclusion "Moms" have their babies in the clam waters. If you are near a jetty or outlet, "Do the Sting Ray Shuffle" Mom is near by and stepping on her can be extremely painful.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Today is a presentation in Sculpture lecture, 5 minutes to convey my message.

Judy Salinsky

Title of the Work: Ocean Dancer II

Growing up on the beach, has brought me into contact with a variety of marine life living off our California Coast. The one creature that stands out the most is the California Round Stingray, (Urolophus halleri). The purpose of my sculpture is to bring awareness to the public about these wonderful creates and the interaction when entering their domain.

Bronze Sting Ray Sculpture with a wing spanned of 21” and tail length of 36” . Curved tail from base, The height, approximately height of forty inches. The rods will be hidden by the flowing kelp and give support to the ray, extending the ray in mid-air creating an appearance of swimming.


My intention is to cast a large bronze stingray sculpture depicting beautiful stingrays in their natural habitat and install it in public view with a plaque educating beach-goers on the presence of these creatures, and how to safely enjoy the beach, protecting themselves and the stingray habitat at the same time.