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nishikigoi clay sculpture koi clay sculpture

Koi - Nishikigoi - Carp



Inspired by the beauty of the living jewels


 

Study for the large koi sculpture. Special attention to the mouth and head confirmation.
If you are having problems viewing the video here please click on koi video

 
The video was take by another submitter to youtube.com, great underwater koi video
 
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze
More work on the barbels
 
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze

The first mouth was much larger, but after viewing the live koi up close, I notice that the skin around the mouth got very thin as the koi's mouth grew larger. By creating such a thin area with bronze, I was only inviting problem; therefore, I decided to limit the size of the open mouth.

 
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze
more whisker/barbel images
 
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze

The dorsal fin needed to be restructured after having the tip constantly break off.

The fins are being added back to the torso once it was secured to the armature.

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

Koi with out fins...

looking better

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

head shot ... painters tap is used to protect the scales from dripping hot clay.

Placement for the Caudal or Tail

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

Working on the anal fin

oop, image out of place, but you get the idea...

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

No clue what I am doing here...

Trying to look busy...

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

oh, more work on the anal fin

To sculpt the fins I use about 5 different tools

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

belly view

trying to get the body to set
 
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze
koi - nishikigoi  model sculptures for bronze

working on the fins...

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

The koi's mouth was wide enough to fit a 3/4" diameter pipe, it will be used to support the sculpture while the mold is made. The length of the pipe is about 12"

 
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