Okay honestly, I don't know exactly what day of work this is because I had to do a bunch of work before I could even do this. I literally had to cut off it's front two legs and back left leg and reattach them because they had cracked. They didn't do this at the same time. It seemed like I'd get one fixed then another would crack. So I had to do a whole lot of repairing then a whole lot of sitting and waiting. I also did some major adjustments/repairs to the neck. I think I'm completely done with repairs for now, so I'm moving forward with this build.
I've decided to show some of the process that I have to go through to add pieces to the sculpture.
Picture 1) I sculpted a rough form of the wings and decided where they were going to be placed. I marked off the placement and cut a hole into the sculpture a little smaller than where I had marked. This is to ensure that the walls stay relatively thin and that air can circulate freely when it goes through its firing. I scored and wetted the areas where the wing would attach. I did this for a good minute or so since the clay was already getting hard and it needed to be pretty sloppy/gooey to ensure that the clay would connect together.
Picture 2) This is the rough form of the wing. What I failed to show is that I had hollowed out the back of the wing slightly to thin it out as much as possible. I scored and wetted the wing as well.
Picture 3) I mashed the wing onto the scored area until I saw slip (really wet clay) come out of the cracks. From there I smoothed out the connections and shaped the wing some.
Pictures 4 and 5) Views of each side.
I know the wings might look a little off or not the same shape. I was just going for a rough wing shape that I could work off of later. Now that I have these on I can add, subtract, shape, sculpt, or do what ever else to the wings to my heart's content.
Next I might start working on establishing and smoothing out facial features or I might work the wings some more.
If anyone has any questions, I'd be more than happy to answer them. Just leave me a comment.