Monday, 17 March 2014

powertex retreat part 1

instructor Brigitte Thompson teaches the step by step process to students
Ava, Emma, Leanne, Roberta and Nancy

Using 16 gauge wire  cut three pieces , one 15 inches and two 24 inches.
Twist the two 24 inch wires together, starting at the middle.  The twist
should be 4 inches long, creating a torso, arms and legs.  Using the 15 inch
wire fold softly in the middle creating a  1 1/2 loop for the head and twist
4 or 5 times, creating a neck.  Fasten the neck onto the top of the torso, giving
a couple of twist over the shoulders and bending the ends down to the waist to
create the torso and fasten with masking tape.   To add "meat" to your body
use aluminum foil and tape into place.  Add Styrofoam ball or egg for head,
Before starting with powertex be sure have all your supplies ready.  Cover work area in plastic.
 Cut fabric , 100% cotton,  into 2 inch strips, these will be used to "mummify" your figure.
One at a time, dip strip into powertex,  using both hands work liquid into fabric until totally saturated
but not dripping.  Starting at the feet roll towards the torso overlapping slightly, do the same with the
arms , head and the rest of the body.  Make sure the fabric is tight, roll out the edges and smooth fabric as you go.

Once wrapped ,you can position your figure onto base and secure with a zip tie and
let dry . While waiting you can decide on how to dress your figure.  Thin cotton, cheesecloth,
lace trim and doilies all work great.  Continue with the same process to finish your figure.
Allow your sculpture to dry completely for a few days. 
 As a final touch you can highlight using a brush and acrylic paint ( metallic paints work great). 
Lightly brush over your figure to add some depth.
Above, Ava's finished sculpture


  1. Great post today. The design team sure did learn a lot of technical information from instructor owner Brigette.

  2. Amazing work. Love this piece! Its stunning.