how to make a monumental figurative sculpture?

Use wire, hammered copper, foam, wood, fiberglass? I want to make a 30' figurative sculpture. Any suggestions?

Asked by dk0123 8 years ago


how to make hammered sculpture in the method used on Statue of Liberty and Portlandia? Answered

I'd like to sculpt a large piece but can't afford bronze casting. Hammered copper or bronze has a good look but need info on the process.

Asked by dk0123 8 years ago


Need help with mould

Hey everyone  i am looking for some assistance or advice i have created a sculpture for a project i am working on and would like to reproduce it what would be the best  mould to use to be able to reproduce this ,i have added 2 images of my sculpture if it helps at all  any and all help would be greatly appreciated

Posted by FrancesS3 3 years ago


how would I make a large concrete human head?

I would like to make a large garden sculpture of a woman lying down.  I mainly want the head, neck, shoulders and one arm and foot of  concrete.  The rest would be soil and plants to build up the body and a ground covered blanket for covering parts of her.  I want it to be at least life size, preferably larger.  Should I make a solid concrete head?  What would I use to cast it?

Asked by Jeanhopper 6 years ago


How do I make a 1" x 1" 1/8" thick copper door go up and down?

I am making a sculpture that has a 2" o.d. copper tube running down the middle. At the bottom of the tube I need to have a small door about 1" x 1" that will raise and lower on the outside of the tube to let balls enter and fill the tube. Does anyone know how I can do this? What type of motor, etc to use. Thanks, Marc

Asked by cramnager 9 years ago


What is the correct method to cast a medal using Sulphur?

I keep getting small pins when too hot and large air bubbles when too cold.... there is zero data on the net about casting with sulphur - please help!

Asked by Doj 6 years ago


soldering steel?

I am a sculptor and, if possible, would like to make simple bases for my work...ie a 3" x 3" steel plate with a verticle a 1/8" - 1/4" steel rod attached.  Is it possible to do this with soldering?   If not , would copper possibly work?  Thanks for any advice!

Asked by Marcia RR 8 years ago


Mechanical wall sculptures

These mechanical sculptures by Brett Dickins are awesome. I'd really love to see his workshop with a bunch of these moving at once. via BoingBoing

Posted by fungus amungus 7 years ago


Fantastic paper sculptures (Russian)

You just have to click things

Posted by lemonie 8 years ago


New Contest involving Kinetic Wind Sculptures

I would like to see a new contest involving the construction of kinetic wind sculptures

Posted by roweathers 6 years ago


bone sculptures

Anyone interested in maybe an instructable  on bone sculpture? i ve been making a few sculptures and if anyone would like i can put something together heres one i did  keith

Posted by rodgerbooth 3 years ago


Beautiful sculptures made from pencils, part 2

While looking up more info about the pencil sculptures in the first post, I came across this exhibit from Faber-Castell's 100th anniversary. Once again it's cool to see what people can make with some simple materials.link

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Whats a good base for a candle wax sculpture? What does wax stick to best? Answered

I want to make wings out of candle wax, so far I've made samples a few feathers, but i'm unsure what to use as a base for the wing. The biggest feather is about 40 cm (16 inches), so i want the wings to be fairly big.   

Asked by EvaM84 6 months ago


3d computer generated sculpture

Hey guys im reading this sci-fi novel. "Spook Country" there is a cool idea in it. the technology sounds just possible. A computer games artist has made a three d picture of the dead river phoenix which can be viewed via a helmet and uses gps to have the image only appear when you stand near where he died.So you can walk around the non-existen dead actors body..What a notion. Is it possible.

Posted by maninamousesuit 10 years ago


What is the best construction technique for a 4-foot tall sculpture of a human face? Answered

Must be somewhat portable (ie. not carved out of stone, not using a ton of steel as a frame). Can have less detail or be more stylized than the images shown. UPDATE: I used sheets of polystyrene which I glued together and carved. Will post link to an Instructable soon!

Asked by jess17a 9 years ago


I am a sculptor who needs helpers who can fabricate non ferrous metal and glass. Where are they?

Geometric sculptor seeks apprentice/helper(s) to fabricate bronze and glass sheets into openable demonstrations of nesting geometric polyhedrons.

Asked by 8 years ago


3D relief Keystone image of Violin and Microscope to place on building about 1 ft square

Would like to stick on side of a building these images for art and science.  Can someone make these in wood  or stone rather than casting them in cement?   Does this make sense?

Posted by ronjoebon 4 years ago


1 inch glass rods

I have 8 glass rods, 1 inch diameter and 4 to 6 feet long.  Believe it or not, they were rods in the master closet of a 60's house we purchased 10 years ago.  I still can't think of anything to do with them, but would love to make some kind of garden installation.  We are VERY skilled.  Any ideas greatly appreciated.

Posted by charlottenc 7 years ago


need some advice on how to keep my daughter and i's head from cracking!!!air dry clay?

We bought a styrofoam head from sallys beauty supply,airdry clay from micheals,and i put 1 coat over it next day it cracked off! i went thicker...still cracking...what do i do? its due in 3 days!

Asked by echo31497 8 years ago


Which casting material should I use?

I have been sculpting in wax and then making plaster or silicone molds to make multiples of some fairly detailed model toys. I intended to then pour in liquid latex and create wiggly bendy toys, but unfortunately latex doesn't dry inside the molds. It doesn't seem to matter how long I leave them when I open them lost of the latex is still liquid. I am looking for a replacement. Something durably bendy and low cost that will dry in a mostly enclosed mold.  Any Ideas? Please bare in mind I am in the UK. 

Asked by moogle123 3 years ago


Mind-Blowing Sand Sculptures!

I just found these on a news website and thought that I would share it! These are some sand sculptures that were made in Australia a few weeks ago...They are absolutely dazzling! They are the biggest and best sand sculptures I have ever seen! Hope you like them!

Posted by vishalapr 6 years ago


How do you make sand sculptures??

I would like to make free standing sculptures and hanging pieces. I would like advice from anyone who has tried this medium. Thanks.

Asked by 8 years ago


Amazing Snow Sculptures

Over in Japan, the 60th annual Sapporo Snow Festival is going on and there are some awesome sculptures in it. My sister-in-law is from there and told me stories of this happening, but I haven't seen photos from it until now. Link

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


Magnet Sculpture Kit - 20% Discount for Instructables Community

We've worked out a deal with the fine people at the Maker Shed for you to receive a 20% discount on the Magnet Sculpture Kit until December 19. We'll be sharing this deal in the upcoming newsletter, but you can get it now. After ordering, use this coupon code: MAGNETICSee the Instructable here: Make a Magnet SculptureMagnetic Sculpture kit from Collin Cunningham on Vimeo.

Posted by ewilhelm 9 years ago


Sculpture contest- Win a patch!

Sculpture contest. A simple contest where you have to make a sculpture, out of anything; Bottles, paper, card, metal, plumbing parts, sand, knex, lego, or pretty much ANYTHING you can find! Like I said above, you can make you're sculpture out of anything you can find really, and it can be big or small. Come on, have a go! It'll be fun! You could even win a patch! :-) Some rules: Must be a sculpture (Duhh!) Can be made out of anything Can be however big or small as you want You're sculpture must be entered by 7 Febuary 2010 (Thats 2 weeks to complete it) Must have been made AFTER the start of this contest There are some examples of sculptures below, some made out of household junk, others made out of highly priced steel other highly priced stuff :-P So, are you going to enter? Of course you are! Woo! Then get crackin' on your sculptures!

Posted by Hiyadudez 8 years ago


Beavis And Butt-Head Life-Like Sculptures

I had to share this.... See close up images HERE at MTV.

Posted by canucksgirl 6 years ago


Hand-blown Sculpture Amazes, Illuminates

Take a good look at these crazy and beautiful hand-blown light sculptures. Prices are in the range of $200 - $1,300 and look like they're not recommended if you have small kids in the house, but hey, they come with a free filament replacement. artist pagevia BoingBoing

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Ice Art Alaska Team Member: Jesse Tyler Walton

I am an artist living in San Francisco's Dogpatch. My work mainly consists of sculpture, installation, kinetic sculpture, drawing, animation, and printmaking. I am currently attending The San Francisco Art Institute for an MFA in sculpture. I received a BFA in printmaking and a minor in German from The University of Iowa in 2003.

Posted by astrodogxxiv 10 years ago



Amazing Wood Sculptures of Mechanical Items

Mike Rea makes amazing wooden sculptures of items that recreate the form and absolutely none of the function, but that doesn't stop them from being wonderful pieces to look at. Whether it's a set of musical instruments, a tank, a mech walker, or many other things, his work deserves a good look.Fecal Face (a great art site from SF) does a nice interview with loads of pics here.via Make

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


I have never used concrete. After you purchase it, how do you mix the components correctly in small amounts?

I only need to mix about 8 ounces of the stuff at a time for an art project. The project requires putting concrete on cardboard sculptures that are essentially cardboard cutouts of a dog. So, the sculpture is pretty thin. What can I do to put the concrete on just the back of the cutout properly? The sculpture is about 20 inches tall and 3-5 inches wide.

Asked by coolcarl89 1 year ago


Beautiful sculptures made from pencils

Jennifer Maestre makes some insanely cool stuff with colored pencils. The pencils aren't used to create the art, they are a part of it. Sea urchins and fantastical creatures get reimagined as colorful spiky sculptures and to think that she didn't even go to an art school until she was in her 30's. Check out the interview with Jennifer that has lots of cool new works as well as her own site that has lots of pieces from the past few years.See more pencil art here.via Neatorama

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Adhering joints for intricate wire sculpture?

I would like to make a wire sculpture that is as intricate as I possibly can make it.  I want to use very small gauge wire (don't really care what material), cut small pieces and connect them together.  For a visual, I did a (sloppy) sketch of the idea and attached the photo, and it would continue to expand from there.  There will be multiple joints close to each other, done one at a time.  I want to create in on the fly, I will not have any pre-formed pattern.  I've been looking at soldering, brazing, welding and I don't see anything that would fit perfectly for what I want to do.  I believe the heat from the next joint would destroy any previous joints.  The idea of simply zapping a joint and quickly moving on appeals to me, but I don't mind being more patient in order to do it right.  Are there any techniques that I’m missing?  Anybody have any ideas?  Maybe I’ll just use superglue…

Asked by imtheraddest 6 years ago


manmade amber?

I want to know how people do amber mixture to make beads. Thank you

Asked by 9 years ago


How can I make a light, durrible sculpture that can be hung on a wall?

I want to make a sculpt someting for my wall around 10' x 3'. I want it to be large, so I need something lightweight. I want it to have nooks with little shelves so it needs to be strong and not flake. I also would like something that would not easily deteriorate. I don't mind putting planks or something under the sculpted matterial. I was also thinking I might cover it with plaster or someting to prevent flaking but i'm worried that might make it too heavy. Anyone know anything about this?

Asked by WhiteaWakening 7 years ago


I want to use expanded Steel Lath as an armature for a sculpture. How much can I (de)form it? Answered

I want to do a panel with "hills" and "valleys,"  making indentations the size of soup bowls, maybe a bit bigger.  Can I "push" or "pull" metal lath that much?  I know I cant do this with hardware cloth, and chicken wire is not robust enough. 

Asked by hardlec 7 years ago


Multiple Circuits to one power source

I am working on finalizing a circuit bent sculpture I've done for my undergrad thesis. I have three circuit bent items, each with it's own battery source within the sculpture. Here is my dilemma: normally I plug in the batteries when I show it to someone, then promptly take them out, but for my gallery show, the sculpture will be turned on for an extended period of time each day, in my absence. What I would like to do is connect all circuits to one battery source or AC power. After that I can add a switch so that the gallery attendant can turn in on/off as needed. I am looking for any tips on how to do this. As of now, one runs on a 4-AA pack, one on a 2-AA pack, and the last on a 9-volt. Adding these together I am getting 18V(?) and I have an old laptop adaptor that has an output of 18.5 volts. I have a video of the piece functioning if anyone is interested. Thanks for your help (in advance).

Posted by idaholaura 9 years ago


Junk Art

Can any member please post some junk art lessons here on instructables ? I attach a picture of a head made by Mr.Gabriel Dishaw. As you see they are making great things. please teach us. http://gabrieldishaw.com

Posted by goldenshuttle 5 years ago


stone cutting

I have yet to use a laser to create my work. I wish I could and if I did, this is what I would create: switch plate art, I call it"splart" right now I use diamonds and carbide on old Ohio barn slate. This is created with disposible hand drawn templates. A fine wet surface grind to finish and a coat of waterbase poly. A very basic "instuctable," This is my entry. I am: http://www.splart.com

Posted by splart 10 years ago


Need a cheap way to make a mold of a fairly large object Answered

I've never made a mold of anything before, but I have a statue that I would like to make a replica of. The statue is about 18 inches tall, 5 to 6 inches wide at its widest and 6 inches deep at its deepest. It also sits on a 2 inch high 10x12 base, but I don't really need to cast the base, I could fabricate a new one very easily. I read the featured instructable for making silicon molds and it was very useful, but I think silicon would be very expensive for this big an object. At least 3 gallons, I'm thinking. That would run at least 300-500 dollars, and I'm looking to spend more like 50-75. Is there another technique, or another material I could use? My sculpture I think is cast from resin, and I'm fairly sure it's at least partially hollow. It's not intricately detailed, but it's hand painted, so I don't want to use anything that will damage it. Could plaster work? Rubber? Cheaper kinds of silicon? What sort of material would be best to cast the replica out of once the mold is done? I'm open to any kind of material, in fact I'll probably try a few different ones. Plaster, resin, maybe plastic or even rubber if that won't harm the mold.

Asked by UselessTrivia 9 years ago


Sweet Sand Sculptures

Sand sculptures always amaze me. The good ones, I mean. Mine never progressed much beyond noble walls that were crushed by high tide, but it's great to see that other people kept up with it and can get such amazing results from such a finicky material."Fairy tales and legends" is the theme of this year's World Sand Sculpture Festival now underway at the Tottori Sand Dunes in Tottori prefecture. On display (until May 31) are 19 massive works crafted by world-class sculptors from ten nations. The artists used around 2,700 tons of sand and took about two weeks to complete their works. World Sand Sculpture Festival

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago


How do I make a life like sculpture of a child out of cement or fiberglass or fiberglass cement to be set outdoors?

I was thinking of somehow doing the tape mold of a child then covering it in cement slurry or fiberglass cement.  Ideas?  

Asked by katmark 7 years ago


Sculptural Crochet Primer

Here SuperNaturale features a curiosity cabinet of crochet figures, thus illustrating the basic elements which combine to form sculptural crochet.Much like a traditional Wunderkammer, the pieces are divided into subgroups, each of which explores a certain variable.I'm struck by the beauty obtained by using simple stitches and one color to make a striking, strangely biologically-evocative piece of artcraft. It's obviously left me with a loss for words.

Posted by scoochmaroo 9 years ago


Is there anything that can harden thin layers of cardboard, inside AND out, permanently?

This is for a sculpture project where I am building sculptures out of cardboard. 

Asked by coolcarl89 1 year ago


Iron Man 2 Kinetic Sculpture?

For those who have seen Iron Man 2: In that one scene where Tony is in an office with Pepper on the desk there's that sculpture on her desk. I did some research (A.K.A googling it) and found that it's called the Swinging Stick Sculpture. Do you think its possible to construct one out of wood? It would be so awesome :P

Posted by squirrelMLM 8 years ago


How thick should concrete be to keep it strong, non-brittle?

Also, will concrete stick to strong corrugated cardboard, steel, aluminum, plastic? How can you get concrete to take a particular shape (and dry in that particular shape) without it becoming messy and uneven?  These questions are for a sculpture project that I am working on.

Asked by coolcarl89 1 year ago


The Forevertron

Wow, just wow. Big, right? Personally being a huge fan of everything steampunk, this is truly an awesome sculpture. The artist goes by the name of Dr.Evermor, and he calls his creation the Forevertron. I wish somebody could get him to join the community, I think he could make some great 'ibles (or at the very least, slideshows). Link at Boingboing

Posted by nickodemus 8 years ago


How do I make a cluster of pulsing L.E.D.s.

I want to make a pulsing red light to insert into a sculpture project. The finished piece will be about 2' x 2'. They all need to pulse at the same time for the same duration, fade in fade out type scenario. I want the lights to be pretty bright, where do I start?

Asked by dangitalltoheck 9 years ago


How fast does Dry clay dry?

How quickly will the clay dry, and how can i slow down that process?

Asked by killimangnome 8 years ago


How do I add on fiber optic bundles to the end of a large single Fiber optic strand/LED?

I need to figure out how to add on a lot of multi-strand fiber optics to the end of large single strand or single LED. I would like to create a lighted and animated cuttle fish sculpture and I want to know how I would be able to get the most amount of small single dots of light from a single LED. The LEDs will be individually animated in the belly of the beast and light patterns will appear on the surface...

Asked by pastaffo 7 years ago