The clay for the medallion is complete...

Irish Medallion in clay by sculptor Lori Kiplinger Pandy Irish Medallion in clay by sculptor Lori Kiplinger Pandy Irish Medallion in clay by sculptor Lori Kiplinger Pandy

Once the primer is fully dry I use some wood screws and screw the styrofoam armature onto some composite wood that has been covered with packing tape. The packing tape keeps the wood from leaching any of the oils and also protects the surface when it's time to make the mold.

The wood is only 1/4" thick but sturdy enough to hold the heavy clay. By screwing the foam in place I can stand the board up to work vertically and to rotate the board as needed without worry of the foam and clay shifting or sliding.

The clay has been added to the styrofoam form and modeled to appear rough, pitted and aged. This will really show up well once cast and the patina is applied - giving a dimension and variance to the medallion that you just couldn't get with a slick and smooth surface. 

The next step is to make the mold and mother mold in order to cast the final art.


Irish Medallion in clay by sculptor Lori Kiplinger Pandy Irish Medallion in clay by sculptor Lori Kiplinger Pandy


Irish Medallion in clay by sculptor Lori Kiplinger Pandy
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