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Making Straw Bales.

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Making hay bales, I started by making some bales out of modeling clay. They measured a scale 18" x 18" x 36" . I used the clay shown, but to be honest, I didn't like it that much because of the texture. In any case, I used it anyway because it was what I had on hand.

 

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I added detail using a wire brush and a small piece of 22 gauge wire (to emboss the baling twine). It was hard making them all the same size, but I figure I'll use the good ones up front & on top & the lumpy crappy ones in the back & on the bottom of the stacks.

 

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Next, using the clay master patterns of hay bales I made, I made a silicone rubber mold. Now I can cast 1000 bales if I want to, and won't have to sculpt every single one.You can skip this step if you don't need too many & just want to sculpt them as you need them.

 

OK, so I cast some hydrocal plaster bales.

 

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When dry, I spray painted them flat tan.

 

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When that was dry I gave them a burnt umber wash.

 

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When that was dry I gave them a dry brushing with a very light flat tan.

 

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Finally, I rubbed some glue on them & rolled them in some sawdust. It wasn't important that every single bit of the bales got covered, but just enough to add some texture.

 

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This was my first attempt at making these & I'm pretty happy with the way most of them turned out. Now, I only have to make about 500 more. smile.png

 

Any questions?

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