The carved foam core is coated with Dixon Bond epoxy cement products. First coat is a sealer. Second coatings have lots of fibers for strength. Third type of coatings are Dixon Bond epoxy clays, pigmented with color. All images with 'Bonded' in name are tinted Dixon Bond epoxy clay coatings. There is no paint, yet!
Foam is sculpted and about ready for Dixon-Bond epoxy hard coatings. Ruler square is 2 feet under chin..
The statue is started with a pattern on a scaled grid. It is then enlarged to scale onto a block of foam. Next, the pattern is cut out of the foam with a hot wire cutter; side and top views. A centerline and pattern guidelines are re-drawn onto the blocked cut-out sculpture. The sculpture is hand-carved and shaped within guidelines with a variety of tools including: hot-wire bow, knives, rasps, wirebrushes and coarse sandpaper.
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