I am not blind, but I do wear glasses and love Lionel Richie. Perhaps most importantly, my name is also Laura. As you can well imagine, given all these similarities, I felt a psychic connection with the Laura in the video and wanted to make this tribute to Mr Richie.
If you've never molded a clay head, don't worry. I am going to give you all the secret tips and tricks to doing this and GUARANTEE you will have a well formed head when you are done with this Instructable.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
Point is this: if you don't know how to sculpt, you need to build off of a base. In my case I decided to build my head off of a foam head. This can most commonly be found in your local neighborhood hair weave emporium.
In addition to your clay head, you'll need air drying clay, a sponge, assorted clay sculpting tools (typically sold in packs at a art or pottery store), a protected surface to work on and a bowl of water.
Finally, I chose to buy a small sculpting wheel to mount Lionel on so that I could easily swivel his head around. This is entirely optional, but it made it easier to sculpt around his head.
Parts List in detail:
Foam head ~ $10
Air drying clay roughly 8 pounds ~$25
Clay sculpting tools ~ $10
Sculpting wheel ~ $10
Step 2: Mold the Clay Onto the Foam Head
You'll need to continue wetting the clay gingerly to help you mold.
At this stage, make sure to cover the head with a good layer of clay. If it's too thin, it will crack and your sculpture will go from art to looking like something out of Thriller.
Once you're done covering the head, we can begin to add the facial characteristics.
Step 3: Adding Facial Character to Your Sculpture
There's a trick to adding clay on top of clay: when adding clay on top of clay, you need to have them bind.
1) Score the underside of the new piece of clay.
2) Score the area you will be adding the clay.
3) Take a small amount of clay water and rub it into the scored areas.
4) Attach the two pieces.
Step 4: Adding Hair
Take pieces of clay that you've formed into "snakes" and line them up on his head (remember you'll want to use the trick I mentioned in the last step about scoring).
Attach the strips to his head and then simply pinch them between your fingers. It's just that easy.