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I am finished for real now!! :boogie:

I'll submit the finished model pictures tomorrow.

Tutorial Summary [you are here]

Edit Apr.16.09 - I changed what the temperature was, I made a mistake there.
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SuperCJ Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
So you can bake the wood slab with it too, just fine?
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RennardX Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep yep.
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auyri Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This whole tutorial series was great, thanks a lot! As a beginner with sculpting, I was very intimidated by all the amazing things people make. Feeling a lot more confident now.
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RennardX Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great to hear! :) May it help you with your sculpey adventures. :D
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CleopatraDiNekomata Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks a lot for your tutorial. I have to do a statue but I can't imagine how to start, your tutorials are really simple and complete! Thank you! :worship:
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RennardX Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great to hear! Best of luck with your statue!!!! :icongrin--plz:
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CleopatraDiNekomata Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks again! :hug:
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sethness Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
What about PAINTING the surface of the model? Tutorial, pleeeease!
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RennardX Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ya know, I had one in the works and I don't know whatever happened with it. It does seem like it is a necessary companion piece. I've been away from the sculpey for some time, but I'll see if maybe in the future I can cover that.

Thanks for reminding me! :)
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sethness Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
In addition to painting (primer? Surface prep ?), I'd like to hear more about things like gloves (necessary? I see you're barehanded in the photos, but other photos of sculpeys in progress show rubber gloves), and how thick/thin should layers of sculpey be?
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Forta-Verity-Amity Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks for these tutorials!

I've done some sculpting before, but never used Sculpey. This'll help keep me from doing something stupid (I hope).
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RennardX Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome! :)
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tellmehow Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
love the tuts ^^
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RennardX Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great to hear! :aww:
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Gannburg Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is very helpful, Rennard! I must admit that after reading the entire site, sculpey.com, I was quite discouraged and a bit angry at the lack of technical information and tricks on the "official" site. I will be using your figure sculpting and design techniques very soon, but the basic theory will be applied tonight to some small masks that I am designing to add to some of my paintings that I am creating.
Thanks!
Gannburg
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RennardX Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome! I hope that my tut/walkthrough helps. :D

And I hear ya about the Sculpey site. I remember when I was first trying to get into this, there was nothing at all about really making stuff. More like crafty stuff.

Cheers! :tea:
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kittygurl521 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Thanks so much! This was a great tutorial. :D
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RennardX Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome. ^_^
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Silver-Rogue Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow this will help me a lot!
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RennardX Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great to hear!
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FireMaster13 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I really want to extend my thanks on your most helpful tutorial series. I've sculpted on and off, but generally with air dry clays or kiln reliant clays. The first time I tried sculpey was with their 'ultra-light' kind and I hated it. It was sticky and very difficult to work with. This time around, I didn't mix my clays, but I got the original Sculpey. It is so wonderful to work with and easy to use.

Your tutorial has been very helpful in building an armature. Your tutorial is what I referenced to try my very first good, solid armature. I also agree with the metal choice. My previous armature I tried using aluminum wire, but actually found it rather difficult to bend and maneuver to what I needed. I purchased soldering, lead-free, wire and couldn't be happier. It's much pricier, but worth it. It's easier to use and mold how you please.

I also now use the rubbing alcohol method for smoothing. It's awesome and works in a pinch!
Reading a previous question helps too, since I was going to ask it- about directly applying clay to the soldering wire. With the torso already covered in minorly baked clay it was frustrating to use foil as an arm base. So it seems that with Sculpey and this wire, it shouldn't be a problem to build the clay off the wire directly? That would save me a headache with the limbs.

Because of your tutorial, this is what I've been successful in sculpting so far: [link]

Thank you for everything in your tutorials! They have proved very helpful in basic sculpting aid.
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RennardX Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for my late reply, but thank you so much for your comment!

I am very pleased to hear it has helped in you a whole bunch of areas when it comes to working with clay. Getting the right clay and the armature are tricky parts and can really determine if you're gonna stick with the project.

As for applying clay right to the wire, I'd say it's all good. I think I've done it as well and don't recall having any problems. It's actually useful for say hands or things because it breaks off easily and allows me to work on things a little more closely. Then ya just reattach.

How are you making out with that sculpture? The progress you've made on it looks great so far. :thumbsup:

Many thanks! :)
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FireMaster13 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No apologies necessary. It's nice to see people respond in the first place. ;)

It's nice to know that it shouldn't be a problem to attach the clay to the wire. I haven't made too much further progress considering most of the lower body and limbs didn't have foil, and I was unsure if it was a good idea or not. Since my academics have kicked back in at full force, it has been difficult to find time when I'm home to work on it. Despite it kind of sitting sadly with my clay materials, I do hope to finish this piece at some point.

She is just the biggest sculpture project I've ever tried. As such, I don't want to rush things and have things messed up left and right.

Thank you for the response.
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RealBarenziah Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
what about painting the sculpture? Whenever I try to paint a finished sculpey thing that i make I can see every little brushstroke and bump.
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FableofSpades Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I also heard of the trick of painting so your strokes cross each other, to ensure a smooth finish. Like if your brush strokes are horizontal on the first coat, paint vertically on the second coat.
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RealBarenziah Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
like crosshatching in pencil. Except with paint.
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FableofSpades Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it's the same concept, yeah.
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RennardX Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is a tough one because I still get that problem a lot of the time. One is to ensure the surface you are painting is smooth and free from surface defects.

Painting itself requires technique in which you paint it slowly coat by coat and thin the paint down. Work under a good light so you get a shadow to see anything on the surface and practice. I think the biggest thing is just don't put too much on at once. It's really a build up process here because brushstrokes will happen all too easy. So patience I guess. XD
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blackcat1234 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
I would suggest colored sculpey.
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Nuorikko Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
Really helpful, thanks a lot! :heart:
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Lovekeysan Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I read through all of your tutorials and I gotta say I think it looks really helpful. I dont know that I will get to use this in my 3D foundations class as I dont know what we will be doing in that class, but I think I might try it out on a small scale model, possibly a chibi just to get the process down.

Thanks so much for sharing this and thanks for visiting my page. :]
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Inarigamer Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've looked over your head sculpting portion like 100 times...I still mess it up x-x
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RennardX Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The head is arguably the most difficult and practice is all you can really do with it. Just keep at it, start off simple. :)
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Inarigamer Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
xD
yes, in fact i think im starting to get it...
i've become like one of thoose wierd ppl that practice for hours and hours a day xD
which isn't bad xP
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bdagger Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Fabulous tutorial! I've been wanting to do some things more ambitious than my simple chibis and the props/jewelry for cosplay that I've done. Now I have some good tips to go by. Thanks :D
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RennardX Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I do hope they help. It may not be the best tutorial out there, but it's something! :aww:
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RoxyRoo Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
awesome. O__<
I knew sculpy was awesome, but I didn't know it could be THIS awesome. You are a talented person.
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Musical-Cakes Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I've always meant to try something like this, but I'm such at noob with clay... XD;;; Very, very helpful.
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RennardX Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's great to hear! Clay is a tough medium to work in and finding how to info on it is difficult.

Good luck! ^_^
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Musical-Cakes Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
Yeah, I was looking for some, but this is the first tutorial I've seen like this. ^^

Thanks!
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NobodyStudios Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Can you use just a normal oven or do you need to cook it in a kiln? :3 fantastic work!! :highfive: :+fav:
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RennardX Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I use just the regular oven. You just gotta make sure the sculpture can fit in there lol.

Note: But never a microwave!
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NobodyStudios Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009  Student Digital Artist
awesome! what about the stand, i'm sure wood isn't safe in the oven? lol
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RennardX Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It's surprising actually, because the temperature we use in the oven isn't very high so the wood gets a little warm, maybe hot, but never anything where it burns. Paper I wouldn't trust. lol. Wood is too dense.
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NobodyStudios Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Wow, that's awesome. thank you so much for all your helpful info! :)
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RennardX Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a problem. :D
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Merokobunny Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Is turpenoid same as turpentine? Or is turpenoid just the name of certain product?
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RennardX Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
They are two different things, though can be used for the same purpose [painting wise]. Unlike turpentine it's supposedly odorless. I've never tried using the turpenoid before so I can't say for sure.
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Merokobunny Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Okay : ) thanks anyway.
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Merokobunny Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
And also do you happen to know, if this turpenoid is suited for Cernit? Thanks to you already : )
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