First try at sculpting with cernit!

I’ve been wanting to do some sculpting for quite a while, so I decided to experiment a little with cernit. It’s been years since I last worked with clay and sculpting, so if I had a chance to redo it I would probably have chosen a more flexible clay. However, cernit worked pretty well in this case anyway, since the shapes are quite simple.

The sketch. Just some random circus cat (first thing that popped into my head!)

The tools. Nothing fancy, just stuff I found at my own house. (The woolen balls were used inside the cernit to make the sculpture less heavy.)

The different parts after they’ve been burned and cooled. I placed some clips inside so that they would be easier to attach together later. The surface was then polished with some sandpaper.

Cernit is really difficult to paint on! Either that or the quality of the acrylic is bad. After 3 layers of paint my cat is looking like this…. I found that the multipurpose “hobby paint” covered much better.

Finally it’s all white!

And then a bit of colour….

Then I had to make some kind of short pedestal to even out the weight. Went out in my garden and dug out a flat rock that I placed inside the cernit.

130c in the oven for 30min, then polish it a bit…

Aaaand it’s finished! I know it’s creepy-looking but I don’t think it’s that bad for being a first attempt! πŸ™‚

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4 thoughts on “First try at sculpting with cernit!

  1. Awesome! I was looking at your sketches.. you are an amazing artist!!

    Wondering what your thoughts were about sculpting with Cernit as a Polymer clay? Other than painting on it. I’ve not worked with this brand yet. Did it bake well? Was it easy to sculpt?

    Thank you for your insight!

    Cindy

    • Thanks! πŸ˜€
      I don’t have that much experience with sculpting so I’m afraid I can’t give you any good advices! But, if you are interested in sculpting something detailed (other than basic shapes) I don’t think I would recommend cernit. If I was a bit more experienced I would probably have chosen another type of clay for this sculpture. πŸ™‚ It needs to be heated up before it gets soft enough to be sculpted with, and that’s a bit annoying and time consuming. It’s not very easy to shape and carve into – but it bakes really well. Looks exactly the same even after being hardened in the heat. The texture fits really well for sculpting faces for dolls, hands etc. But not detailed sculptures.
      Other than that it was a bit difficult to paint. The paint just didn’t stick so well. I tried with cheep acrylics at first, but I also had a bottle of some all purpose hobby lack, which worked much better. Hope that helped you a little bit. πŸ™‚

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