RAPID VISUALIZATION Sandy Collora creates a rapid visualization, a rough design sketch, at scale both to set his character concept, and to serve as a plan for the armature of the figure.
ALUMINUM WIRE Standard aluminum armature wire is available in various gauges. For the lower torso, Sandy Collora uses a thicker gauge to serve as a firm support for his figure.
SIMPLE LINKAGES Sandy Collora connects the forms of the simple leg structure and torso by linking the two pieces with a thinner wire wrapped at the pelvis joint of the figure.
FLORAL WIRE Once the skeleton is attached to the wood base, Sandy Collora uses floral wire to wrap the aluminum armature giving the clay more of a surface to grip on to.
SHAPING SCULPEY To bulk out certain forms, like the creature's legs, Sandy Collora uses a wood spatula tool to smooth out thin strips, or snakes of Sculpey applied directly to the figure.
MAKING CHANGES Sculpey sticks less to metal tools. Here Sandy Collora uses a thin metal sculpting tool to remove some ornamental detail previously added to the sculpture as he refines his design.