Crazy snakes (crazy artist) and HOW its done

March 27, 2018Snakes

I keep getting asked HOW I sculpt the rattlesnakes: Do I cast off of a dead snake? Do I have a special tool to make the scales? Do I have a special technique? The answer to all of these questions is “no.” I use traditional sculpting techniques and a LOT of patience and a LOT of photos and live observation. I also ask a lot of questions of people who know and keep these snakes. I am always looking for feedback and suggestions about structure and even scale count!

I start with a clay coil to get the “gesture” of the snake to confirm the pose. I then use epoxy putty over wire to to  “flesh out” the body and muscles under the scales. Once I am happy with underlying body and how it moves and forms when it contacts the ground and itself, I add lines down the length of the snake to guide the scale count and spacing. Then one by one, I add the scales. Once all the scales are placed and the geometry looks correct, I go back and sculpt each keel ridge and edge…over and over thousands of times. Easy! 

Work in Progress: a pair of rattlesnake door handles

Snake Arts is now at Etsy!

March 12, 2018Snakes

Snake Arts is now at Etsy! I am opening a tiny little storefront to make my work available for purchase. I do all the sculpting, molding, casting, finishing and shipping myself, so please bear with me. I will only offer what I currently have finished. The striking rattlesnake door handle (in cold-cast bronze resin) is there, as well as a small python wall sculpture and a very limited edition silver boa pendant. I am working on bringing back several cabinet pull designs and the rattlesnake bolo tie as well as the new female Diamondback rattlesnake sculpture (in cold-cast bronze resin.) I hope you will take a look and share with all your snake-loving friends!

Or just click on the orange link at the top of the SNAKES page!

Python in weathered copper, etc…