Process: Clay

The first question David is asked at festivals is usually, "What are they made of?" The basic answer is "Polymer clay and found objects". Here's the detailed answer.

 

Freshly restocked Sculpey 

Freshly restocked Sculpey 

Polymer clay. It's a soft colorful clay that you bake at a low temp in your oven. After baking, the clay is basically a hard plastic-like substance. All the color you see in the heads is just the clay, not paint (many people find this very surprising). This clay comes in the most gorgeous colors and it's obvious that a fresh reload on clay is a very inspirational event. This restock happens probably twice a year and is a fun day for the craft store cashiers :) We once stopped on the way home from a festival in Dallas and went into a Michael's to stock up. Fyi, you can find polymer clay at any craft store or even at Walmart. If you let your kids play with it (or you play with it) just have baby wipes nearby for cleanup. Kids love it, it's fun and they can be really creative with it!

  If you've looked at David's website, Facebook or Instagram very much, you've probably noticed there's more going on than clay. The found object part can be anything from a watch part to a dog tooth (more on that in another post),  jewelry, discarded wire...anything that is "found" is potentially part of a head. 

 

Small sampling of found objects

Small sampling of found objects

There is an amazing process that takes place that deserves its own post. All these materials come together to create what you see. Each head is anywhere from 3 hours to a few days, including the time for the box (again, that's another post). Now that David is working full-time at home, this is generally what his work space looks like:

 

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Coming next- The time we call "Box Time"

Thanks for reading~~

Elisabeth