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14" koi in its final stage of the clay process

Koi - Nishikigoi - Carp



Inspired by the beauty of the living jewels

The koi sculpture on this page is one of three koi (medium size) that will be part of the koi bronze composition. The folks from http://koishack.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=13721 have been extremely helpful critiquing the sculpture during the process... thank you!

 
Caesr works on the pelvic fins of his 14" koi Caesr works on the pelvic fins of his 14" koi
The fins are being created using a heat pen to melt and form the clay over the aluminum flashing. I chose to use flashing because of the delicate nature of the fins. Without the proper armature support the fins would just continue to present problems. The sculpture needs to be tough enough to go through the mold making process. Moreover, foundries will usually insist that the artist use aluminum armatures in case they need to cut the sculpture in section to create multi part molds.
 
Caesr works on the pelvic fins of his 14" koi
the 14" koi is finished
Once the fins are detailed, they are attached to the body. The pelvic fins on here were incorrect; therefore, I later removed them and re-sculpted them.
 
pelvic fins for koi
fins of the koi
The correct pelvic fins are shown here
More views of the pectoral (fins closest to the head) and the correct pelvic fins
 
koi clay sculpture
koi clay sculpture is posed

The koi sculpture needs to rest on a bed of bubble wrap in order to prevent the fins from breaking.

A profile of the koi, the pose will remain as is...

 
koi clay sculpture is turned up side down for better view
koi clay sculpture close up of face
The koi on its back reveals areas that still need further detail.
Another view of the areas that need more work. These areas will be smooth out using dental tools and a heat lamp.
 
koi clay sculpture belly side
koi clay sculpture side view

The koi has gone to bed for now...

good night...

 
fin correction - the way fins attach to body

A viewer with a keen eye brought it to my attention that the way the fins connect to the body is incorrect. The pectoral fins need correction; the pelvic fins need to be better defined.

 

Below are three videos of the Nishiki Koi Club critiquing the three Koi sculptures in order to correct any confirmation errors. Moreover, one of the members (Pam Spindola ) is koi judge; therefore, I trust her keen eye.

part 1

 

part 2

 

part 3

 
Corrections after the Nishik Koi Clubs's critiques of the clay koi sculptures...
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze

The barbels are being added to the large koi

 
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze
Better view of the koi"s barbels
 
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze

The barbels needed to be reinforced with wire to prevent breakage

 
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze

All the fins were removed in order to ease the corrections

 
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze

I use a heat torch to help with the modeling of the clay.

 
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