My work has been multi-faceted over the years, ranging from painting and drawing to carving and sculpting. But no matter how focused I am on any particular medium, I always find time to make a few Santa Claus faces each autumn. This year, I am looking to Kickstarter to allow me to expand my reach and make more sculptures for more people, all over the world.
I will make as many sculptures as are pledged for in the next 30 days, be it one or a thousand, and will have them ready for you this holiday season.
The method I follow for creating Santa faces is an artisanal approach that dates back thousands of years. By incorporating modern-day materials and mixing components to this time-tested process of sculpting, molding, and casting, I'm able to produce a lightweight, durable and intricately detailed sculpture that can be showcased indoors or outside and will last for decades.
Because each piece is hand-crafted and hand-painted, it contains variations that differentiate it from other pieces cast of the same exact mold. This means each piece created using this process is an original work of art.
Each Santa face has its origins in the face of someone I've encountered, whether they are a friend, a family member, or someone I've passed on the street. Bit by bit, these inspirations are incorporated into the piece and as the plasticine clay takes shape on the board, the character of the face is revealed.
Creating the Mold
When I'm satisfied that I've captured all of the details of the facial expression, I construct a wooden housing around the piece and prepare it for a poured plaster mold. The video below gives a brief glimpse into how this is done.
After the plaster has dried, I remove and rework the clay. Then I repeat the whole process once more with a synthetic, tin-based silicone rubber mold that will allow me to cast multiple versions of the same Santa face.
Casting the Sculpture
Up to this point, it's all been prep work. Only once I mix the resin and pour it into the rubber mold does a chemical reaction occur and the sculpture begin to materialize. I use synthetic resin because it is weatherproof, lightweight, stronger than concrete, and can be painted easily.
Applying the Patina
Almost done! After the resin has been given time to cure, I remove it from the rubber mold and apply a patina, which is several layers of primer and paint that give the piece a protective finish as well as a rich color.
Below are a few examples of a finished Santa Claus sculptures.
Your backing for this project will help to offset the raw material and production costs for making multiple Santa Clause sculptures, including:
- plasticene clay
- tin-based silicone rubber
- synthetic resin
- paint and primer
Thank you for viewing this project. I sincerely appreciate all of your encouragement, support, and feedback. I look forward to being a special part of your holiday season this year!
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