Actually, our first speech was about Wax Sculpting, but generally speaking Castilene is a great thing to do the transition from Clay to Wax.
When I started to use it, I felt like I have never sculpted in my life.
|I use an alcohol torch continuously with my metal tools|
So The majority of the tools that you will want to use will be metal.
|Metal tools for wax carving are perfect for Castilene|
|I move my metal tools over the flame continously. Castilene is all about temperature.|
|at natural state, Castilene is very hard.|
|Put into a wax warmer, bought in a local store for 8 euro
|just taken from the wax warmer, it is like a hard toothpaste as consistency, but warm|
|Castilene cools very quickly, it becomes more harder|
|Carving is easily when is cold|
|After 2 minutes is so harder that I can lift my metal plier|
|I sculpted torso and pelvis separately while Castilene is warm|
|sketching the head|
|Set up the pose and face|
IMPORTANT: you have to wash your hands often because Castilene tends to be sticky and dirty, especially if you manage your sculpture with your hands.
Another con is that the more you manage your sculpture with your hands, the more it gets warm, then soft, so be careful.
It will take more work to sand a frozen sculpture smooth, but it can sometimes help to get a more refined finish.
Castilene is undoubtedly a great material, but here my personal opinions about the pros and cons.
Anyway, like I said in my article “The Ultimate Guide to Become a Miniature Sculptor”, Whatever works for you is whatever works for you.
No tricks. Every sculptor work in his path.
Often, the material we’re first introduced to is the one we end up staying with.
But just as often, as we work, the longer we work, the more we understand what we want from a material based on what we want to accomplish.