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Sculpture Ideas to Stimulate Your Creativity

Pushpa Duddukuri
Making sculptures at home is a fun and productive way to spend your spare time. A sculpture can modeled by using different materials like metal, stone wood, wax, ice and many more.
Sculpting is the art of making a three-dimensional object. It is an ancient form of art which has been in existence from the time of old world civilizations. In the ancient times, the purpose of sculpting a figure was not just artistic escapades, but also for decorations or to appease the high and mighty.
If you study the ancient civilizations, you will realize that sculpting was a part of their architecture. The rich history behind their sculptures has acted as inspiration for many modern sculptors. Unlike other forms of arts like music, painting, poetry, literature etc., sculptures are made to last.
In fact, some sculptures especially made from rock and stone have withstood the test of time. The oldest sculpture in the world is a female figurine which was carbon dated and found to be 35,000 years old.
This sculpture was recovered along with some carving tools (made of bones, stones and ivory) from a cave in Germany. Here are some sculpture designs that you can use to make your own art piece.

Piggy Bank

There is no child in this world who doesn't love to build and break things. Building new things shouldn't be just limited to making greeting cards and paper crafts. With the help of their parents, they can easily create a useful piece of art and decorate their room, or better gift it to their grandparents.
Materials Required:
Big balloon, Plastic cups, Water bowl, Cardboard scraps, Paint and brush, Black and white, colored paper, Glue, Vinyl tape, Knife.
First, blow up the balloon and tie it with a knot. Then, take four plastic cups and tape them to the balloon such that they look like the legs of the piggy. A fifth cup should be cut into half to be used as the nose of the pig, then attach it to the balloon with the tape.
Now fill a bowl with water and dip strips of cardboard in it and then glue it to the balloon and smoothened it out with more water. Continue this process covering the entire a balloon at least two-three times.
Then leave for some time to dry. After drying, make a slit on the top of the balloon which will pop it. Again, let it to dry for a day. Now you can paint your piggy in any color and make his eyes from colored paper.

Sand Castle

Sand art has always fascinated people, as it is artform that does not live for long. Whenever a fresh tide washes away a miniature castle on the beach, we wish we could save it. Here's an idea to help you build your sand castle in the confines of your four walls.
Materials Required:
Newspapers, Lots of beach sand, 1 ½ Water, 1 ½ cups of cornstarch, Cooking pot, Spoon.
This procedure involves cooking the sand, cornstarch and water together. After the ingredients are heated enough to make a thick paste, remove it from the store and let it cool. Put it on the newspaper with help of the spoon. And now you have easily moldable sand from which you can make permanent castle which won't break down easily.
Mold the sand in the shape of pillars and castles using tools like putty knife, plastic utensils and small trowel. For building towers, make sand patties about the size of a pancakes and keep on placing them on top of each other, then smoothen their surface with more sand.

Wire Tree Sculpture

Wire art is the latest mania in the sculpting scene. Any adult can create wonders with just a few strands of wire.
Materials Required:
Copper wires, Rock, Plier, Glue, Decorative items.
First cut the wires in equal strands of 10 inch or more. You need not be accurate because the branches of the tree are usually not symmetrical. Take around 10 wire in hand and then, bend the whole bunch in the middle. The next step involves making a loop near the bend and twist it firmly many times to make it a loop.
Now that you made the main loop, it gives you the base of the tree. Again, you have to divide the loop in to 2 - 3 sections containing at least three loops. After that, you can twist the different loop groups to make the root system of the tree. Twist each loop a few more times. In the end, you will get something that resembles a tree root.
Now, cut the loop circles with pliers. Once the root is done, you can follow the same procedure for the branches and stem. Since your tree stem may not be very thick, you need to add more wire to fattened it up. Twist the wire on the stem and then use the end portion of the extra wires as the branches.
Cut the loops of extra wire as you did in the root. Add more branches as per your likes. After you are done with twisting and adding branches, it's time to give finishing touches to your tree model. Paint your tree, and now you have your very own barren winter tree at your disposal.
Conventional sculptors use materials like wood, different types of stones, ivory, clay, metals, terracotta, etc. However, nowadays materials like steel, plastic, glass, fabric, concrete, jesmonite, etc. are also being used by modern sculptors. Artists across the world have tried to beautify mankind's existence through sculpting.
It is next to impossible to define these three-dimensional art pieces as each sculptor attempts to break the mold and create something new. That's why, it is considered as the art of an average person as it gives an opportunity to them to explore their creativity.