Cutting out the neck of the fiddle
If I had to do this all over again I would have handled the neck on the fiddle a little differently. Instead of attaching the neck at the top of the body, I would have attached it more towards the center of the fiddle’s body (part of the neck would have laid on top of the body to give it more support). It is too late to turn back now and I can still work with what I have in front of me. As I have already stated in this sculpting series, you do learn from your mistakes.
The fiddle for this particular project is coming close to completion now. I’m really looking forward to completing the fiddle because it will really change the feel of the sculpture once it is attached to the Fiddler, our subject matter for this series. I still have to build out the arms and work on the details on various other body parts but at this stage in the game I’m comfortable to say that we are past the halfway mark in the sculpting process.
The polymer clay I am using for this particular piece is Super Sculpey.
|The first step is to use my fiddle template and punch out the outline of the neck. This is the same process that I used when I first cutout the shape of the body of the fiddle.|
|In this image you can see the outline of the neck for my fiddle.|
|The next step is to cutout the shape of the neck in the clay. What we are creating here is a skeleton to build on. From here I will bake this piece for 15 minutes at 275 degrees in the oven. After it has fully cooled I will then proceed adding the neck to the body of the fiddle. The goal here is to have a hard piece of clay to work with before I start building out the neck on the fiddle.|
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