The armature

Here's an armature for one of the barn animals-- this is the wooden structure that will support the hundred pounds or so of clay that will eventually form the sheep, which I'll then create a mold of in plaster. After the plaster mold is pulled off the clay sculpture and cleaned, it's fastened tightly back together and filled with molten microcrystalline wax. After the wax has begun to harden forming a thin shell in the mold, the rest of the liquid wax is poured back into the wax pot. It's sort of like making a hollow chocolate Easter bunny.

Armature for the sheep sculpture. 

Armature for the sheep sculpture.