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Using things laying about

In addtion to typical sculpting tools, just about anything can be used to help you sculpt! We'll cover the more common tools at some point as well as making your own.But remember the best sculpting tools are your hands!
This is to help you get started and become more familiar with sculpting (it's how I started).

Here are a few simple ideas to help make sculpting easier. The important part is to look around you for things you can use and experiment with. The way you use these things (techniques) will also shape the clay and produce varying styles and effects.

To begin with you can just prod around to get a feel. You can then try strokes, sweeping motions, contours and other techniques in combinations to advance your skills.







Of course there are many other things you could use; Stones, Comb, Fabrics, Leaves, Sticks....

....or if you fancied you could make your own tools (which we'll cover in another tutorial)!

- Have fun, enjoy experimenting and get sculpting! -
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Sculpt Tools Making your own (Teeth Tool)
[Check out my quick sculpts for examples using this tool - Linky]

1. Take a piece of drinks can being very careful with the edges!


2. Fold over to create a tight U shape. Do not crease the U shape.


3. Using flat nosed pliers away from the curve of the U shape, flatten the sides down a bit.
You want this piece to go straight up, curve over the top and then come straight down again.


4. Use a sculpt tool (or other) to straighten the U shape if its becomes distorted.


5. Get good trusted scissors and begin to cut following the edge of the U shape.


6. As you cut, the metal will most likely start to churl. Do not worry, just continue to cut a lengthy strip.


7. Snip off the strip and then using the handle of the scissors and on a flat solid surface, run the handle along the cut strip to flatten it back out again.
Try not to put too much pressure towards the actual crease of the U shape (The more rounded part of the handle when pressing will help avoid that).


8. Again poke away with the sculpting tool to re-adjust/straighten the U shape. Then inspect and quickly try it out.


9. Find a suitable handle for which you can stick your new tool into and make it easier to use.
Glue it in place and use putty to pack it out and secure it firmly in place.


10. Now get practicing!



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A technique to soften features

Basic tools - Lighter Fluid + soft paint brush
Simple technique, easy to do. Just a drop of fluid on a brush and watch the magic happen.

Video is short due to file size. It shows an example of the effect of lighter fluid.
Now, I know people are freaking out panicking over this, but seriously it's not that dangerous. If it helps to 'man-up' to the situation, then do so, but get a grip and calm down.

Be responsible with the lighter fluid and you shouldn't have any problems. It's not about making fire. Other liquids can be just as fumy and flammable.

SofteningClayVideo

Other safety things to point out:

You are only applying a single drop to a paint brush. Too much will drench and go pasty (Not what you want).
Do not use near flames, children, animals, food.
Be sure to close the lid on the lighter fluid and store in a safe secure place.
Ventilation is important. Have open windows or a desk fan to help blow the fumes away.
Wash hands after using.
Seek supervision if you’re unsure about lighter fluid.

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Using Tin Foil (Armatures)

My last video wasn't a big success. So I've made another in hope to get more 'Likes'.

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