Wire Frame Armature Slide One
Wire Armature The wire armature along with many other types of various fittings will provide support for the finished clay sculpture. Aluminum and stainless steel will not react with the clay over a long period of time. The wire will act as the "bones" of a person or animal. It must be rigid enough so that the clay will not crack, sag or collapse.

Also the armature must be kept out of the sculptors way so every attempt at having the wire in the center of the clay should be taken. Heavy or long extremities will often require a brace extending from the base to the extremity. The sculpture will follow the armature example so careful thought must be given.

These images are the courtesy of William Dean Kilpatrick. To learn more about Mr. Kilpatricks work visit http://www.figurativesculpture.com

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