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Old 4th October 2010, 07:49 PM
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Default Home made African and Asian elephants

I saw others posting made from scratch models in this section and thought I would share some of my own creations.
I really enjoy sculpting as a hobby and I like elephants so here is the result. I based these two models on captive specimens and as a result they are slightly heavier looking. Wild elephants actually look quite different than captive ones and are leaner in general. This is especially evident in captive Asians which on average tend to put on extra weight if not exercised often.

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Here is my African elephant cow model in the early stages made from super sculpey.







The finished model along side a Britains 1310 female cow for scale comparison.
I wasn't trying to make it to scale with any line of models, I just picked a comfortable size for sculpting. The model stands 5" at the shoulder and is 7" long.



Some closeups.





A roughed out Asian elephant cow model.
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Old 4th October 2010, 08:09 PM
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very nice thanks for sharing
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They are so beautiful! Magnificent! I really love the way you've painted the african elephant, stunning. What have you made them out of? Can you make them in scale with Schleich zebra's? The Asian is gorgeous!
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all I can say is awesome! what detail.
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They are so beautiful! Magnificent! I really love the way you've painted them, stunning. What have you made them out of? Can you make them in scale with Schleich zebra's? The Asian is gorgeous!

Thanks, they are made with super sculpey polymer clay (African is pink tone, Asian is grey.....same clay just different colours). This type of clay doesn't harden until heat is applied, and takes on a plastic material feeling after its been baked.
An internal armature was made from wire and then bulked up with newspaper and tape. This way the large sections of the elephant are bulked up and not as much clay is needed, also makes the model lighter. Next, clay was applied on top on this then I painted the model with acrylics then rubbed pastel dust on it to give greater colour depth. Finally a fixative was sprayed on to seal the model.

I'm not familiar with the scale of the Schleich zebras but yes, one could sculpt these any scale.
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Old 5th October 2010, 12:59 AM
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Fantastic figures, I love them, you did an outstanding job sculpting them. Keep up the good work and hope to see more species from you!!!
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Old 5th October 2010, 02:24 AM
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In the african elephant you seem to have really caught so many aspects of an elephant matriarch, not only her wrinkles, but her broken tusk and the look in her eyes.

It looks as though you have been able to capture her presence as well.

Thanks also for telling us how you make them.
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Thanks, they are made with super sculpey polymer clay (African is pink tone, Asian is grey.....same clay just different colours). This type of clay doesn't harden until heat is applied, and takes on a plastic material feeling after its been baked.
An internal armature was made from wire and then bulked up with newspaper and tape. This way the large sections of the elephant are bulked up and not as much clay is needed, also makes the model lighter. Next, clay was applied on top on this then I painted the model with acrylics then rubbed pastel dust on it to give greater colour depth. Finally a fixative was sprayed on to seal the model.

I'm not familiar with the scale of the Schleich zebras but yes, one could sculpt these any scale.
Thanks for your reply! I'd love to have a go using the clay you use, it looks really good. I've been planning on making an Asian elephant for a while, but the clay I use doesn't stick well to other materials (Wire, pipe cleaners, paper), so I was a little stuck.
Really looking forward to seeing more of your work.
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Excellent models wow! Congratulations!
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Magnificent work!!!
Do you often sculpt animal figures for yourself?
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