Making an armature is one of the most important steps in creating sculpture. It’s also one of the most difficult. The Quick Start Clay Sculpting Kit (Head) includes a pre-made almaloy aluminum head armature, so you can focus on the task at hand—sculpting. Also included are two bricks of Chavant’s Le Beau Touché clay, renowned for its exceptional smoothness and adhesive qualities, and Kemper’s DSS Clay Sculpting Tool Set, a broad offering of some of the most commonly sought after clay sculpting tools.
Almaloy aluminum head armature (5/8 life size head armature – 15 inches)
2 bricks (4 lbs) of Chavant’s Le Beau Touche Clay (Brown)
Kemper’s DSS Tool Set
Almaloy Aluminum Head Armature:
Aluminum alloys are alloys in which aluminum is the predominant metal. Typical alloying elements are copper, zinc, manganese, silicon, and magnesium. Aluminum alloys are widely used in engineering structures and components where lightweight or corrosion resistance is required. Aluminum alloy surfaces will keep their apparent shine in a dry environment due to the formation of a clear, protective oxide layer. In a wet environment, galvanic corrosion can occur when an aluminum alloy is placed in electrical contact with other metals with a more negative corrosion potential than aluminum.
The Almaloy head armature is mounted on a formica covered base. The wire is aluminum which is non-corrosive, lightweight, fully pliable, non-staining. This head and bust armature is perfect for sculpting portraits.
Weight and length is approximate. This product cannot be fired in a kiln.
The Almaloy head armature is available in the following sizes:
5/8 Life Size head armature
Chavant’s Le Beau Touché Clay:
Le Beau Touché is a sulphur free modeling clay that was introduced because of its exceptional smoothness and adhesive qualities. Le Beau Touché products are used by many types of artists who often are looking for a product that will stick to basically any armature material. Le Beau Touché holds very good detail, carves and shapes easily, and has tremendous flexibility. It will not dry or crack. Le Beau Touché is a very smooth and even flowing product. The smallest amount of heat, just friction from rubbing it in your hands, will soften Le Beau Touché. This clay may feel slightly firm in the original extruded blocks but slicing off small amounts will make it very manageable. The Le Beau Touché product line is commonly used by artists for the creation of sculpture or to build dams when making splash molds. Handling Tips: Le Beau Touché can be warmed to soften but as it softens it also becomes sticky. Using small amounts of citrus-based solvents, lighter fluid, latex paint removers, turpentine or mineral spirits as a lubricant on the surface of the clay will help to attain a smooth surface. Unique Prop’s: Le Beau Touché has great adhesive qualities allowing it to stick to all armature materials including aluminum wire, aluminum foil, cardboard, foam or paper. Le Beau Touché products will not oxidize and can be left out or heated and cooled repeatedly without any significant change in the product Softening point: Le Beau Touché is generally used at room temperature. Working Temp: Le Beau Touché, up to 90° F maximum. Cautions: Heat over 90° F will cause Le Beau Touché to get very soft and sticky and the clay will begin to sweat or sag.
Kemper’s DSS Clay Sculpting Tools Set:
Contains 5 of the D Series’ most popular wire end tools (D1, D2, D3, D7, D10). With .035” diameter wire ends, these 6” wire end tools are ideally suited for light cutting, shaping, and clay removal. Perfect for clay modelers and clay sculptors who require precision and detail in their clay sculpture.