Sand sculpting is a fun and easy way to produce plaques with attractive relief designs, ideal for wall hangings or for displaying on an easel.
What’s more, the process is simple. Just pack wet sand in a box filling it to about ½-inch from the top, depending upon the thickness of the cast desired.
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. Or, make an impression with a figurine or other art object, pressing it into the wet sand.
A sand sculpture of the sun, displayed on an easel made from a weather-beaten lobster trap, gives a nautical effect especially appropriate for use in a sportsman’s den. Prepare the putty while the sand is drying. Mix water and Agnew’s Water Putty to the consistency of heavy cream.
Then carefully spoon out a small amount of the putty into the dry sand mould, 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 wish a deeper color.
For a different effect, place bits of stone, beads, shells, or other objects part way into the sand design before pouring the putty.