Adding fur to "Play bow"
I have started the long process of adding fur to the Cocker Spaniel. It is very time consuming, but the curly bits of fur and especially the long curly ears are some of the defining characteristics of cockers. So it has to look right.
Initially I lay down triangles of clay, then twist and layer them till the proper effect is achieved. I am using a different kind of clay for the hair, it is a much softer clay that is easy to shape and generally nice to work with. The reddish clay is much stiffer, and requires warming first to soften it. The stiffer clay is good for laying down the structure, as it stays fairly rigid at room temperature. It can also hold detail better, but the fur does't need tiny detail.