When viewing sculpture, what most people are seeing are the final forms after the modeling clay has been sculpted. What several people have expressed their surprise over the most was the clay itself. It was as if there was just as big of a mystery surrounding the clay as much as the sculpture itself. Surprisingly, many people are not aware that sculpting or modeling clay comes in large slabs normally averaging 7-10 pounds per slab. The clay that I use exclusively is a personal formula that I use for everything. The detail that it is capable of holding is astounding. When completely cool it will produce very sharp edges if you should need that degree of detailing. It is priced at $2.50-$3.50 per pound, depending on weight, and is available for order at snarlingcrow.com
But what seems to be an even bigger mystery are the supports that holds the weight and helps the sculptor flesh out any particular form ... the sculpture armatures. Building armatures can be an art all by itself. When I undertake the building of a complex armature, I take almost as much pride in the armature as I do in the final sculpture. However, for the more simpler forms, the armatures still play an important function if you are sculpting with a material that needs help in keeping it's form. That's why I make an extremely rugged portrait head armature pictured above that I make available to my customers at snarlingcrow.com as well.