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The Prop Building Guidebook, 2nd Edition by Eric Hart

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The word sculpture comes from the Latin sculptura, which means “to carve or cut stone.” These days, it encompasses far more materials and techniques. Carving stone is probably one of the last techniques you would ever use to make a prop.

While sculpting is frequently portrayed in the movies as a single artist finessing the details of a nose or ear on a large block of uncarved marble, real sculpting is far more methodical. You progress from an overall shape to fine details. First, you start with the basic outline, either by cutting away large chunks of material or by adding together big lumps of the material. You next shape all this material into a more refined form, progressing from aggressive tools to more ...

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