Today was about the most frenetic day I can remember, and that is saying something. Both of us on the phone at the same time trying to figure out a path to survival, crazy journeys, bizarre endings, twists and turns everywhere. And that was all before 2 PM!
Anyway, I can finally get around to finishing off the post on the crystal rock base. As you saw in the last post, wrapping the apoxy sculpt around the tin foil saved on time, material, and made things lighter.
You can see what effect pressing the rocks into the wet clay (literally in this case, as the water prevents the rocks from sticking to the clay!) can have. I try to use one rock in my left hand to "hold" the thing in place while pressing more texture with the rock in my right hand . This prevents fingerprints, and gives you more rock texture with each press.
By the way, it is best to let the clay set up for a few minutes before pressing, so that it won't slide around or smush too easily.
The sharper and pointer ends of the rocks are great for getting into crevasses like this...
You can even create channels and cracks if the rock is pointy enough.
Now you will find out why the crystals were carved first! Since the clay is still soft, all you have to do is press them into the clay!
Try to create patterns that contain one big crystal surrounded by smaller and smaller ones. It is also best to work in odd numbers. One big crystal, two smaller ones nearby. Avoid symmetrical placements like two right next to 2 similar sized crystals, etc.
I am still trying to lave empty space for the miniature to stand...
Here are some views of all the crystals in place.
Then it is time to break out the handy Oxide Paste and gravel!
More rocky bases to come!! Stay tuned...