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How I sculpted the Big Tree by RandyHand How I sculpted the Big Tree by RandyHand
I'll be posting the moulding process next.
I wanted to show how I came up with the Big Tree sculpt from the very start...
I started with a preliminary sketch here: [link]
And then came up with a maquette concept here:
[link]
The finished bronze can be found here: [link]
I wanted to post it so that if you are thinking of sculpting something large, maybe this will take away some of the intimidation factor.
The wire feed welder I used to put the armature together was really easy to learn how to use.
They can be purchased at any Home Depot or Lowes and usually cost from $400 - $600 depending on how good of one you want. Mine plugs right in to a regular wall socket.
The styrafoam can be purchased from the same place as well as the spray insulation foam.

Hope it makes sense and I hope you enjoy...
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CosmicClay Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
This is great, thank you. I really love that adorable little hand.
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Thanks so very much!
The hand gives it that little extra attitude I think..ha haha...
All my best,
Take care
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jamesdangerharvey Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
oh i see you do use foam sheets. admittedly a lot easier to get than huge blocks of sculpting foam.  thanks again for the extra effort taken in posting these -how to's!
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
You bet...glad to post these!
The huge blocks make too much mess for me.
There's still a mess with the foam sheets but it doesn't seem quite as much I guess?
Plus I can get them down the street at my local Home Depot.
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IWantCandyCreation Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
*0*
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RandyHand Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
:highfive:
Thanks for the fave on Nighty Night as well!
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IWantCandyCreation Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D
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semi-legal-alien17 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
beautiful work.. thank you for the tutorial
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RandyHand Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Thanks so much!
Glad you appreciated the tutorial...
All my best...
Take care
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stevenfrance Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Great info ! Thanks for the great work!
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