If you have always wanted to carve, but hesitated to work with wood or stone, putty carving is for you. That’s because if you make a mistake of any kind, just fill your mistake with more putty, let it dry, and proceed carving.
The first step is to form a block of water putty. Mix DURHAM’S ROCK HARD Water Putty®; with water to the consistency of thick cream. Then pour into a mold such as a milk carton or cardboard box, tapping gently while pouring to bring air bubbles to the surface.
After letting the putty set, remove the mold and start carving. Form the general contour and gradually carve it into the finished object. The putty need not be completely dry when you start. In fact, you will find it easier to carve if you start when it is the consistency of hard soap. Your finished work may be sanded or polished, or for an interesting effect, left with the tool marks showing.
Refer to the section entitled “How To Color Your Art Objects” if you want a color other than the light ivory of the putty itself. Return to top.