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    best clay? help a n00b

    Hi sculptors!
    I have an idea that includes sculpting a human figure. I want it to become at least 30 centimeters, though the closer it gets to life-size, the better.
    I imagine building up the basic core form, with a sturdy metal wire and random crap, but after that I need a clay.

    so my question is, since I dont have any clay at home;
    Which clay is good for making details?

    Maybe I will be making a mold out of plaster or something later, but first I need to build the figure itself
    I have seen many of you guys use super sculpey. I dont know where to get that. my local art store didnt have it. I live in sweden by the way.
    maybe there is another good clay out there?

    thanks in advance, and hope I made myself clear.
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    WED clay is great. It holds detail very nice. And is very easy to make BIG changes very quickly. http://www.sculpt.com/

    Thats a great place to get ANYTHING sculptor related.

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    it sounds like for your purposes super sculpey. or super sculpey firm are best bets. i kno what a lot of people tend to do (myself included) is use super sculpey as a "build up" and detial it with super sculpey firm. hopes this helps a bit. also for large sculpts bryan is rite. WED clay is good. but it is very chalky and brittle when it dries so unless you plan on casting it i dont advise using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poop on a stick View Post
    it sounds like for your purposes super sculpey. or super sculpey firm are best bets. i kno what a lot of people tend to do (myself included) is use super sculpey as a "build up" and detial it with super sculpey firm. hopes this helps a bit. also for large sculpts bryan is rite. WED clay is good. but it is very chalky and brittle when it dries so unless you plan on casting it i dont advise using it.
    Since I'm on a budget, I use regular sculpey or salt dough for build up. Salt dough is made from flour, salt, and water...when it is dry, it is hard as rock. The only problem is that it takes a while to dry. But it is really cheap and easy to make. Then I cover it with super or firm sculpey for detailing.

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    thanks guys.
    thats a good tip with the salt dough. thats what I used to eat of as a kid.
    I think it´s possible to put it in the oven for faster drying, am I mistaken?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orm View Post
    thanks guys.
    thats a good tip with the salt dough. thats what I used to eat of as a kid.
    I think it´s possible to put it in the oven for faster drying, am I mistaken?
    Yes, you can bake it in the oven.

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