Sand Sculpting Tips
If you don’t see what you want to know in the tips below, feel free to e-mail Sandman Matt directly with any sand sculpting questions you might have!
Some General Sand Sculpting Tips!
Making cool sand castles is much easier than you might expect. You need tools, and you need knowledge. You will have an ample supply of both when you buy “The Works” from our products page, but we repeat some here, because there are a few you never want to forget when you’re starting out! These are tips that are not secrets, but are not so generally known among amateurs. Pro’s use ‘em every day. They require not so much practice, as implementation.
The most important tips are often the most obvious…
Wet The Sand!!!
Not just wet , but really wet. The sand MUST be wet through and through if you want it to hold its shape. You can’t have too much water. It will run out and find it’s own natural saturation point. The idea here is: different sand, different saturation point, but all sand must be saturated!
Pack The Sand!!!
The tighter you pack the sand, the better it will hold together. Pound it, smack it, pat it down tight, hit it, strike it, batter it down, thump it, pummel it till it’s tight, clobber it, sock it, beat it with anything you have, give it a wallop… get the idea?
Take It From The Top And Work Inside Out!!
Always work from the top down!! Unless you enjoy doing things twice. Once you complete an area, you don’t want to go back up and re-work it thus having to re-clean the completed sections below and risk ruining lower details: same thing with details closer to the center of your creation. Don’t make an outer wall and then try to move to the middle for a walkway: it messes up your wall when you try to get sand out of the middle.
Patience is more important than talent, especially when you’re learning. Remove small amounts of sand at a time. This is not clay! You may not think so, but it is very difficult and in most cases impossible to replace sand on the initial pile once it is gone. If you are trying to pack sand after you are into the sculpture, what do think happens to your completed work? And remember: It is a rare occasion if ever that a detail can be created with just one pass of a tools. Make several passes to remove more and more sand until you reach just the point you want.
Pile High-Pile Wide!!!
Start with a pile a bit larger than you think you will need. We don’t “build” a sand sculpture. We create a sand sculpture by removing all the parts of the pile that are not part of the creation! We must then make sure that there is ample sand for the creation to exist before we carve it in the first place! As we said above, it is difficult to add sand to our pile once we are fairly well into the piece.
Don’t get frustrated.
If you fight these laws of sand sculpting, the laws will win: You will begin to experience those other laws of Mr. Murphy’s as they pertain to sand sculpting: and as we know from all things, they will catch up to you soon enough anyway.
Get a straw!
These are technically referred to as manually operated pneumatic sand blasters, it is used for a specialized form of sand blasting! We use it to blow loose sand away from sculpture details. When you direct the flow of air, it removes only the loose sand, leaving the new detail made in the packed sand right where you want it. Saves the eyes too! Every package of Can You Dig It Sand Tools comes with a straw in case you forgot to pick one up on your way to the beach. This should be replaced now and then for obvious reasons. Click here for a suggestion of where you may get a free straw replacement! A small purchase may be required!
Well that’s it in a nutshell. We want to help any way we can, but if you want to know everything, you’ll have to buy the video. You can order it right here if you’re ready to make the score!
Oh! I know what I can put here! This is funny! This is a picture of one cool cat! He doesn’t need “The Right Tools!”
Well, obviously, we are not all this talented! Fortunately, if you’re not, you can get The Right Tools, right now!. Of course there are other ways to have fun at the beach. But don’t loose your head over what to do. You may find yourself in a situation like the guy in the photo below.
Building sand castles is far healthier!