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Sculpting a Santa Moon Ornament

teacher avatar Suzette Hussey, Artist, Skillshare Teacher

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8 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Welcome

    • 2. Class project skillshare

    • 3. Making the Armature

    • 4. Adding the Clay

    • 5. Sanding the Sculpture

    • 6. Adding Gesso

    • 7. 5 Painting Your Sculpture

    • 8. 6 Staining Your Sculpture

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Have you ever wanted to make your own Christmas Ornaments; pieces that can be handed down for generations? If you answered YES then this course is for you. 

In Sculpting a Santa Moon, I will take you step-by-step through the process of sculpting your ornament, beginning with the armature and finishing with a masterpiece.

This is a great project for a Christmas gift or a Christmas party. Everyone young, old and in-between will enjoy it.

This course is good for all levels.

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Suzette Hussey

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1. Welcome: Hello, I am says that I am a mixed media artist and sculptor with over ten years of experience in sculpt, in a sense, a moon, I will take you step-by-step through the process of making this adorable Christmas ornament. You will learn about making the armature, adding the claim, smooth in, and fixing any cracks. You will then learn how to paint your sculpture and add the final details. You will be left with an adorable one-of-a-kind ornament that can be passed down for generations. I look forward to seeing you in class. 2. Class project skillshare: For your class project, I want you to make your own Santa moon. Please don't be shy. I want to see those adorable ornaments. How do you share them? Select projects and resources. At the top right-hand corner. Select Create, Project. Bear. You can upload the photos of those beautiful ornaments. If you need any feedback or have a simple question, please go to the Discussions tab. I will be happy to help. 3. Making the Armature: The first step in making our little center movement is making that moon shape armature. Now the armature is basically the sum inside the skeleton of the sculpture. So I'm gonna use my foil. I mean, let's remember south away because it's reflecting a lot on the life. And I'm just gonna begin shape and into a moon. And you can make your movements because you want, can make a huge one, a small one. It's up to you. When I'm adding more. For what I've tried to do is leave out the edge, the two ends because you need those to be thinner. So I'll add it to the mid-section tariff and access. And just squish that in plays like that. It's going to keep going until you are happy with the shape of the mode. Would add all the details of Santa hats and stuff later on with the clay. Right now we just need this moon-shaped base to get started. I think that's pretty good. I'm happy with that, but we will be adding clay so you don't want it to get too big either. So that's all we have to do at this stage. I'm going to put this aside now and now we can grab our Clay. And I will also show you how to make that hook that we're going to put in the top of the moon. So we can hang it on our Christmas trees. 4. Adding the Clay: Now it's time to get our little moon covered with some clay. So I am using creative typically as you know, and it's usually good straight out of the package. You don't have to do much needed and stuff and that's of course it's a little bit dried out. But one sure way to avoid that is to keep it in a sealed container and you're not using it. So we have our little armature here. And I'm just going to roll this out a bit. You don't have to, you can just press on bits if you want. And I'm using a bit of white blue, not necessary a 100%, but I prefer to add the diluted white glue because it just makes sure that everything is stuck nicely on to that armature. But typically usually sticks that anything that's none a poorer. So it's harder to stick to like a smoother surface like glass, but it will stick to this without glue. But my preference is to use the glue because if I'm gonna go through all this trouble to make a beautiful sculpture, Why am I just going to take that chance for anything to happen? So as you can see, I'm just pushing down the insurance. I'd get all areas and smooth it as I go along. There we go. Is almost fully covered now. I'm gonna go ahead and get my fingers in a little water and just gently rub, smooth it out as much as possible and it's easier at this stage, you can sand it when it's dry with a nice fine sand Paypal. And then we can add. And now it's all covered and smooth. Kinda happy with that. You can make it smoother if you like. I kinda like texture. We're going to add the rim for sentence hat and his little nose. To add the news. I usually prefer excuse me, to add the nose. I like using half over 2pi. So we'll use that in a minute. To add the REM. We're just gonna roll this out as evenly as possible. We know the room will go here, maybe a little further down and make it about there. So that will be the room, some sort of set that is cyber really quickly. And we'll determine what we're going to put the nose, a little nose, hair, and we're also going to add beard. We're going to do this kind of simultaneously because I need them Ramin place to figure out where I'm gonna put everything else. So I'm going to put this santa hat right here. So I just want to mark that. So I'm gonna put the nose here and push that in place like that and let me just snip off a bit more of that toothpick like that. So this is where we're gonna stick our little ball for the nose that will be sent as nose. And then one other thing before I put on that rim and working quickly because I don't want the room to dry out. As I'm going to make all these little weed leaves. And we're just gonna add some water here. Whoops. Sorry. We're going to add some water here and then just add the beard. So we're just a little squigglies like that for the beard. And I'm working fast because I went ahead and made that room already. But I want these bits to be under the room as much as possible. So I'm just going ahead and just person those all on. You'll find a, you'll have some smaller bits right there that need to go in as well. We'll fix the bottom of the buried in a minute. Alright, and I'm just trying to get it covered. As much as possible. So there we have our Baird in place. We can add to it, as I said in a minute. I'm gonna go ahead and just add a little glue right there. And then go ahead and put this in place. As you can see, it covers a bit sterile. It's why I wanted to get the beard in place first before adding this fully. So smooth out right there where it's attached. And here's your tool. You're going to gently just go under ever so gently and pulldown to submit of clay. And we're trying to get that sealed under there. So it doesn't shift. It does shift. It's not a big deal. Move fix it when it's dry. And then just smooth that. You don't need glue to smooth out just using it because it's their Walter smooths nicely. And older paintbrush. Or just a paintbrush dedicated to working with your clay. The same on the chalkboard. Smooth out any bits that need smoothened again. And then let's go ahead and just seal down here together. Is gently push those Baird myths together and add it to the base. All right, the last bit for this is to add the little ball to the room, I mean to the tip of the hat right here. So for that down for a second and just smooth it out a little water to your palm to help smooth it. And to get that on there, easy, I'm just going to use my paintbrush and just poke a hole in it fairly wide like that. Go ahead. Put a dab of blue. Not really necessary, but once again, better safe than sorry. And just put it on the end right there. We're not really pushing and pulling to join on this, I preferred to add a little glue. Now you can leave this as is, or if you want to add some texture. I'll show you how to do that. Let me just put away this clay so it doesn't dry out and grab that other bid of the toothpick that I have. I know we can just go ahead and just stop it a bit like that. That's a nice texture if you had a toothbrush or a wire brush handy, that would also do a good job at this. Try not to bend it out of shape too much when you're doing it. And we show you what a toothbrush would do, it has to be a hard toothbrush, of course with a toothbrush can also work on just giving you that nice kind of fluffy palm, palm luck. But it must be a harder toothbrush. Menu to the same. Toothbrush will actually go a lot quicker than the little toothpick. But once again, you don't want to mush it outta shape. So be careful. When you're doing this. It's just to get some more texture. Probably end up covering it with flocking or something are glitter, but just in case you decide not to loose, you have the option that it's already been covered. So that's it. We're just going to smooth out any extra little bits that need smoothen. Now's a good time to do them. Less work we have later on, better. Make sure that tip is nice right there, so it's spending a little, let's just fix that tip. Smooth anything else out? And then we're going to set this guy aside to dry. I recommend put in on something, soft cloth or a piece of sponge or something. So the said that you lean in him on values drying doesn't pull flat. To hand your sentiment, we're going to have to add a hook. So this is just a bishop craft whereas is about age, but we aren't going to need that much. So basically what we're gonna do is curl one edge here, going to fold it into middle here, but That's going to be our hook. And then going to snip off a bit hair right here. That's a bit too much books. And then we can hope to fix that now. Now we have to curl the other edge like that. All right, let me just fix worried, just kill. Okay, there we go. And then you determine where you want to hang your sculpture. So it's like you want to let that do you want it like that? I think there is good. So we just put it in the middle. So this is where you're going to attach your ribbon now. So your sculpture will happen like that. Then you just gently smooth around it. It will dry, the hooks will prevent it from coming out. That's the purpose of the hooks that we made at the end. If we didn't put the hooks, it would just slip right out when it to dry. So that's pretty much it. We're finished with this. And we're going to leave it to dry now. 5. Sanding the Sculpture: Our little santa moon is dry and he is so cute. In this lesson, I'm going to show you just out DO send him quickly and if we should find a crack, how to fix it. So I have to sign papers hair, this is a 180 grit and this is a 220 grit piece of a stand-in sponge. I wouldn't go much rougher than the one HZ because it's pay-per-click and you don't want it to her roof right through it. So I start usually with the 1AD because it's ruffle. Any areas that might need sanded. And then when I'm finished, go over with the ascendance sponge. Dependent house move you want it, you can actually get smoother once. I'm happy with the 220. They do have a fine and ultrafine wanting that same 3M brand which is ascendant sponge. So and this quicksand. And I'll see if there are any cracks that we need to fix. I will show you something else, how to fix the cracks. Cracks on this one. I will show you. Sculpted. Alright, so let me see if I can find something with our crack in it. And I'm working on for another course I'm filling. And as you can see, we have a big crack there. So I just put some about diluted white, you know, in the crack. Grab a little bit of paperclip, rule it into a little worm and push that paper clay down in the crack. Them. But my fingers and rub. That's all it takes to to fill a crack. When it's dry, you go ahead and sand and smooth any areas that you need to. 6. Adding Gesso: Okay, we're ready now to add our guest so your sculpture should be dried and sanded and ready to be prepared for a painting. Just so is just really a primer. It prevents your sculpture from absorbing the paint as you painted. So you lose, you use less pain, draw them. So I'm just given this code I'm using are clear just so by liquid TTX You can use any just so that you have on hand. It really doesn't matter. It's a personal preference. And then once you have it fully covered like that, we just put it aside to dry before we begin painting. 7. 5 Painting Your Sculpture: Okay, now it's time to paint our Netherlands Santa moon. I'm going to be used in a white paint, a peachy paint for his nose, and red paint. Any specific brand is fine. It really doesn't matter. So to begin with, I think I'm gonna use a white first. Can go ahead and paint this entire beard. I am painting over the nose, but I'm gonna get paint on it. So I'm just gonna go ahead and give it a code of work first to remains even. And of course that's the rim around his hat. All of those little slight imperfections like that. I love. Because when we stain Santo, you'll see that those little things just add character to the sculpture. It's a good idea to turn it upside down as well and looked because you see areas that you wouldn't normally see. And just try to get down in that little nooks and crannies. Of course you don't use your good brush to be squishing it like that. I have different brushes for different things. So i will save our brush when it gets to a yucky for pain tin or something is no longer smooth. For stuff like this. I also save them for mixed media, would lots of scratch in and stuff and also use them for glue and mod polar Jim, matte medium and stuff. Alright, and I'm trying to get down to those little cracks there. We're gonna be going over the hat with the red shortly. I think we have good coverage with this. Now. If it needs another coat, go ahead and give it to another quote. That depends on the type of pain you're using. And if you applied a good codes of just DO before you started painting. The other area that's white on this little guy will be his little palm, palm on his hat. So let me give better codes of paint. And then I'll allow him to dry before moving on to the red. And the white is dry now so we can go ahead and add any red paint is fine. I do try not to pay into that little hook, but inevitably it will get paint on it. But we can always wipe that off later on. And you find that you may have to go back over some areas with a very fine P and brush is fully covered. I don't think I'll need another coat. The coverage of this paint is actually quite good. So let's close this up. I'm for those of you who have this brand new thing can maybe a European brand, actually it's PEBO. And this is root two, which is just red, painful would plaster and cardboard and stuff. For the nose. I'm going to use this pinkish color and it's actually called rose, pink portrait Pink. Now we're just going to give the nose acute bill CO2 paint hair. As I said, we probably do have a couple of areas to touch up With the White once everything is dry, which will do with a very, very fine brush. And then our last thing to paint will be the stain. And there we go. We have pretty much given him as first coats of paint will do some cleaning up after as I said. And I move on to the finishing touches. 8. 6 Staining Your Sculpture: Finishing up Santa. Now we're going to use a stain that I had in the supply list. This one is OK. Gel stain by Americana. There are many different brands. Plaid has bronzes, has their own colors as well. I'm using OK because at I that reddish color crime when for a vintage look for my Santa ornament. If you don't have a stain and option, you have two options. One, if you have a glaze, Eclair acrylic glaze, then you could just add a tad bit of Fromm paint to that and apply baton Ben, just use it as we are now. Another option is diluting your pain to your brown paint with some Watteau since very runny. And then use a paint brush to put it on and then wipe it back off as we're going to. So you'll need your stay and you'll lead a paintbrush. And you will also need a paper towel. Keep a wet wipe Pan De just in case it gets too dark and you want to lighten up that area before it dries. So state it is very simple. I knew. Right know you feel like cringing and going, oh my gosh, what is she doing it? Because he had just painted in Rome what looks like brown paint all over the sculpture. I just spent so long trying to make look so pretty and cute and everything else. And then I'm just covering it now with this brown paint. So I'm making sure that it goes down into all of those little crevices. And I'm going to just wait a few seconds before I start wiping it off. I'm going to the top half as well, but I need something to hold. So I'm doing it one section at a time. I think I've waited long enough now. I'm not quite sure the directions say how long you need to wait. So I'm going to begin to life it backoff like that. As you can see, it stains the sculpture, leaving it with a nice antique look. And the stain stays down. In all of those little groups. You might need something small like a little paintbrush actually, to get down in here to get the excess stand off around that knows. Because I don't want the top of the nodes to have a huge shadow. So I'm just going to use that to get out the excess in there and just continue to why until you're satisfied with how it looks. If you delve too much, you can add more. If you think I'm areas too dark, you can just use a damp paper towel, are wet wipe to wipe back some of that stain. It can come off easily with like a baby wipe until it's dry. Once it's dry, it's it's there. So I'm gently wipe in because I don't want it to get to to light on the beard. The longer you leave the stain on there, is the deeper the color that you're going to get. So it really just depends on what loci you are going for. And like an arrow on here because some did get hair. Even though I haven't stained the Hat yet. I'm going to leave this to dry are actually I'll just draw it with my heat gun so I can continue. On the top half of our little sentence. I just need a drive to touch, sight gonna hold it because my hands are dirty and I don't want to leave any fingerprints on it. I'm going to use a paper towel. Clean paper towel just to hold it like that while I stain the top half. So all of those little holes that we had put into the hat with the toothbrush or your tooth pig or whatever we used will show up as great texture. Now, once again, I'm going to grab my paper towel. And I'm going to start with it. I'm going to add a bit more into here in a minute, a few seconds rather. And step that up. And there you have it. I think he looks quite cute. Under there needs a bit more though. Let me hold that again. Like this. Really is just back and forth until you are happy with the look, I'm going to let it sit a bit more because I really want that to be stained a bit like the hat. The brim of the hat. I can show you quickly how easy it is. I'll put that in the state. But say hair for instance, if a baby wipe, it comes right back off. So if you get too too dark, you can easily go ahead and use a baby wipe or damp paper towel. It's some moisture really, I think that gets it out. So there we go. I'm happy with how this guy looks now. Just going to use my y pair. That's right. There's a bit dark for some reason. And I'm also gonna lighten up right here bits and match that palm. Palm. There you have it is fully done. He's ready to dry. You can varnish him if you like, when you're finished. And then you can hanging on your tree when it's Christmas.