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I stopped working 9 years ago mainly due to a neurological condition then developed OA in my left elbow because of the extra stress on my joints (crutches, wheelchair) I think the right elbow is going the same way..

I always wanted to go to art college but at the time teachers/careers advisers advised against it.

So as soon as I had all the free time I worked with stone (ouch!) then some clay, now I've just started using wax with the intention of getting it cast in bronze. If you look up Castle Fine Arts Foundry - Free Wax, they'll send you a small block of free modelling wax by post and if you like what you've made, you send it back and they'll cast it in bronze for the introductory offer of £75!

Don't be put off by the hardness of the wax, if you chop off little bits at a time it soon becomes workable in your fingers.

Big Cat - about 3" tall and 5" long (ok, not so big)


  • Mike1Mike1 Posts: 616 ✭✭✭
    edited 18. Jul 2020, 17:32

    I am the other way, my school teachers tried pushing my parents to let me go to art college but my mother was dead set against it so I joined the armed forces instead. Thanks for the heads up about the wax and bronze casting, I may well give it a go.

    I have just signed up for it but the price for a bronze of your sculpture is now £95 + VAT.

  • N1gelN1gel Posts: 43

    Oh well the price increase may be the amount of people signing up for wax, I have, the dog has, my parents have, the vicar has...

    The wax is free and good therapy for the fingers. Apparently if you made lots of airfix kits as a kid it's a good start!

  • Mike1Mike1 Posts: 616 ✭✭✭

    I may sign the cat up too, have also told my baby sister.

  • N1gelN1gel Posts: 43

    Here's one I did earlier, a favourite terrier who died a few years ago:

    (same size)

  • That's really impressive 👍
  • N1gelN1gel Posts: 43

    Thankyou, it takes my mind off things when I can do it. I'll post more later.

  • LilymaryLilymary Posts: 266 ✭✭✭

    What a lovely idea, and such lovely results too. Well done, I rediscovered the joy of plasticine recently, with a view to getting used to working in 3D, (don’t know why, I failed my art O level), and maybe having a go at a bit of light whittling, unfortunately the wood shavings are unbearably messy, so this might be a cleaner and more permanent outcome than plasticine,

  • N1gelN1gel Posts: 43

    Just make sure you don't tread it into the carpet! There is a harder version called Plastilene or Chavant. I used to use it all the time before I discovered wax.

    To get rid of the wood shavings had you tried one of the little hand held vacuum cleaners? I tried carving in soapstone but the amount of dust put me off.

  • LilymaryLilymary Posts: 266 ✭✭✭

    Thanks for the tips!

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