Now that the wire armature is basically done, I was ready to move on to applying clay and actually modeling the character. Exciting! But before that, I used floral tape (once again, bought from Michael’s) to cover the wires and epoxy. Clay requires a more textured surface to hold on to, and will slide around if wrapped around a bare wire. The floral tape is nice in that it is thin, textured, and tacky, so it wrapped tightly around the armature and held fast.
Clay time! I used Van Aken plastalina, a few cheapo sculpting tools, and my fingers for this bit, keeping in mind the silhouette and shapes the boy has. I left blank the parts that would be visible for fleshy colored clay. (Reminder: find fleshy colored clay somewhere).