Sand Sculpting with Durham's® Water Putty

You can cast items that look exactly like something you are trying to replicate, or you can do your own designs. Try it. It’s easier than you think.

Arts & Crafts

Sand Sculpting

Sand sculpting is a fun and easy way to produce plaques with attractive relief designs that can be hung on a wall or displayed on an easel.

First, pack wet sand into a wood or sturdy cardboard box to about ½-inch from the top, depending on how think you want the cast to be. Level the sand. Then with a pencil, nail, spoon, or any appropriate tool, draw a design in the sand and set aside to let the sand dry. You can even make an impression with a figurine or other art object, pressing it into the wet sand.

Prepare the putty while the sand is drying. Mix water and DURHAM’S Water Putty to the consistency of heavy cream. Then carefully spoon out a small amount of the putty into the dry sand mold, being careful not to disturb the design. After the design is covered, the balance of the putty may be gently poured in until the box is filled. Then level the top surface.

After the putty has dried, carefully remove the sides of the box and brush off the excess sand. The remaining grains of sand will give your plaque an attractive surface. The putty will dry to a light ivory color. Apply clear shellac if desired, or if you want a deeper color, follow the directions in the section entitled, How To Color Your Art Objects.

For a different effect, place bits of stone, beads, shells, or other objects part way into the sand design before pouring the putty.

Use your imagination. For example, a sand sculpture of the sun displayed on an easel made from a weather-beaten lobster trap gives a nautical effect in a cabin or den. Be creative and have fun.

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