- Our fish are carved out of white bead styrofoam.
Reference materials such as real pictures are a must during construction!
- Sand your fish into the desired shape.
- Layer your fish with cheesecloth applied with
Sculpt or Coat.
- Add one or more layer of Sculpt or Coat
to fill in the weave.
- The top fins of the fish seen here are made
with 2" long wire. Poke holes in the area where you would like your fin to
be. Dip the endsof the pieces of wire in Sculpt or Coat and put them
into the holes that were just made. Let dry.
- After pieces of wire dry, cut them and bend
them into the direction you want the fins to go.
- Apply clear packing tape on both sides of the
- Layer the fins with Sculpt or Coat several times.
Let dry. OR You may also choose to make the fins by simply cutting
the shape of the fin out of posterboard and using hot glue as the "spines".
- You can create gill covers by cutting them out
of regular posterboard. Cut a diagonal slit in the fish and apply Sculpt
or Coat to edge of gill cover and put in slit. After all fins are applied
and everything is dry, you may paint your fish to the shade of your choice.
- The eyeballs are simply sanded down dowels painted
to look like eyes. After paint is dry, the eyes were coated with clear 5-minute
epoxy for a really high gloss finish. Our fish is painted with lots of different
colors. Some were mixed with Artist's Choice Gold and Silver to get
an irredescent effect.
Frames - One Technique for Creating props from
wire is to shape wire frames and then put fabric embedded with Sculpt or
Coat over the frame. This technique is used to create large dinosaurs, fish,
insects, dogs, cats, anything you can think of.
Sculptural Arts Coating, Inc.
(800) 743-0379 * www.sculpturalarts.com