I’ve got the first layer of clay on the bear, however there is still a bit to add to the base. That will get put on after I get to the local Dollar Store to buy some aluminum foil that I’ll use to fill up the voids around the base. If I don’t fill those voids, the clay will be too thick and won’t fire all the way through.
The next step is to begin the detailing process and selectively hardening the clay as I proceed. This is where the “Heat Gun” is useful. (I’m not sure that you can see it, but the bear’s left leg has been fired using the heat gun, and it got a bit toasty. I will need to have a new clay layer placed over it to add strength. Toasty makes the clay brittle.) After “Standing Bear” is completely detailed, it still should be uniformly heated to 270 degrees in an oven or kiln to be certain that it is completely fired through, then the gesso and acrylic paint added.