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Wax is used as a sculpting material for preliminary models and for works in their own right. It is quick and easy to shape, yet also cheap. Once softened, it is modelled in a similar way to clay, with the composition built up gradually. To enhance the wax, pigment can be added before moulding and pearls or other jewels can be embedded in the surface afterwards.

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The Making of Sculpture (Paperback)

The Making of Sculpture (Paperback)

A historical and technical guide to the materials and techniques of European sculpture, based on the collections at the V&A. Casting, carving and …

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

14 March – 2 August 2015. Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is the first and largest retrospective of McQueen's work to be presented in Europe.

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Event - The Art of Wax

Sun 29 November 2015 11:00–13:00

DEMONSTRATION: Watch Eleanor Crook demonstrate the materials and techniques used in making Renaissance wax figures.

This demonstration is part of the Robert H. Smith Renaissance Sculpture Programme

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