Wax relief cast from clay
After reading about the technique Paolozzi used to create the textures for his assembled sculptures, I thought I’d have a go myself.
Using a collection of bits and pieces in the studio, I pressed them into a sheet of clay. In this instance they were all objects made of metal as I thought it would make the clearest impressions on the clay. Even so, I thought I’d try some fine wire and mesh to see just how much detail I could get.
Once I’d made the marks onto the clay, I surrounded it with a wooden frame and poured hot wax into the mould.
I was pretty impressed with just how much detail came through, even in this rough and ready experiment.
After washing most of the clay off the wax (using cold water), I then softened the wax sheet using warm water so I could mould it into a shape. I was impressed at how you could manipulate it quite a lot and still retain details (see thread of screw bent over an acute angle)
Doing it again I think I’d use a deeper sheet of clay to make more extreme impressions; looking again at Cyclops you can see that the wheel stands quite proud away from the ‘skin’ of the sculpture.