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Thread: Sculpture Resources
March 26th, 2009 #1
I thought it would be a good idea to start a sculpture resource thread because I think all of us would benefit from it from it. It'll save a lot of questions that are often asked, from types of clay to where to look for inspiration. Basically anything to do with sculpture. So, in this thread we could chip in our links of:
-Sculpting suppliers (I think stating the county would be a good idea)
-Types of clay
-Websites (even your own website or thread)
-And anything else for that matter!
Toys & Collectibles
Let the er.. links begin!!
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March 26th, 2009 #2
heres a page i found a while back showing many sideshow collectibles projects most of which include alien and predator link starts on 18 inch predalien figure with links to other figures/kits/sculpts on the side have fun
March 26th, 2009 #3
I just found this guy's work:
March 26th, 2009 #4
Meh. I got tons of links....might as well dump them here.
Most of those companies are in U.S., sorry.
Sculpture molding and casting materials. They also have tutorials:
Other supplies (sculpey, etc)
For those who like to work with paper mache...here is an excellent site. This guy makes funny and cool monsters out of paper mache.
March 26th, 2009 #5
Supplies and artists
This was a great idea, here are a few links i think are great.
artists and pics
http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?f...iendID=2526801 --- steve wang blog
Hope some of this helps gain inspiration and help you get supplies.
March 27th, 2009 #6
more predator and predalien stuff
videos sculpting a predator
part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okau4...eature=related
part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8nDR...eature=related
part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHUgH...eature=related
part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-KCH...eature=related
predalien sculpting for avpr
alien sculpting for avpr
part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRL-s...eature=related
part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qKHyo...eature=related
March 27th, 2009 #7
Ok I'm only recommending one's I use, all good
They do sculpey and have a bulk buy of good acrylic paints and great choice of colours.
However a recent price increase on sculpey makes them less competitive.
4D Modelshop Ltd
The biggest range of everything ever!!
The site can be tricky to navigate, but so many gems it's worth it!
They stock all sculpey and...SMOOTH ON!
All things Apoxie Clay, they are US based but happily ship to UK, email them for quote, around £35 postage.
You guessed it, top dog for Super Sculpey, bulk discounts.
Lord of clay, alot of earthenware clay for about a tenner.
Chavant, & Sculpey but not firm.
Alright here's a rising star I found recently, superb!
Creative Resources Distribution/ Propbuilder.co.uk
WED CLAY! Nuff said.
Supplys to marine industry which means mega bulk bargains!
The foamboard store
Yup, foam borad, excellent quality.
Casting and mouldmaking supplies, great value RTV!
The High Street
Masking tape £1 five rolls & wire!
Loads of ghastly nick naks ready to be butchered for parts.
Also sell large bottles of Lucozade, perfect for those allnight sculptathons.
Aluminium mesh, spray paints, some epoxy putty. Ballbearing races for eyes.
Excellent paints and brushes.
British Bookshops Sussex Stationers
System 3 Acylics, colour card- Last resort quite pricey.
Paper paper paper oh and pens.
You must buy a huge gallon tub of PVA glue, lasts ages, super quality £10.
Last resort hardware store if you can't get to B&Q- Expensive!
Although aimed at the sewing world they have branched into Fimo.
Also sell beads, good for eyes plus loads of nik naks.
Dental tools, precision tools and L.E.D.s.
Sainsbury's, Tesco, Asda etc
Foil and PG TIPS!!!!!!!!
Phew, now you all know as much as me,
which means you can do what I do,
which puts you in direct competition with me,
which means I'm an idiot for giving away my secrets.
Last edited by TeaMonster; May 6th, 2009 at 06:54 AM. Reason: add another link
March 27th, 2009 #8
Wow, thanks guys! These links are super helpful
Square Brass Tubes: (For connecting/disconnecting parts)
Magic Color Acrylic ink: (Comes in big bottles and are very affordable)
Animation Armature supplies:
All over (I think)
References: (You have to pay but very worth it)
Training DVDs (look for 'John Brown' under 'Analogue--> Sculpture') (This guy is amazing.)
Last edited by dreamsorcerer; March 27th, 2009 at 05:34 PM.
March 27th, 2009 #9
All kinds of (not only sculpting related) materials and tools. They have pretty much everything you didnt know you'll need.
Also awesome Resin!
Paints, Brushes and a lot of stuff mostly related to traditional arts.
Sculpey Firm and Super Sculpey!
I'm only mentioning them fur Sculpey here because their Sculpey always seems to be fresher and in better condition than the one from 5 other german sources I tried.
Various sculpting, mouldmaking and casting things.
My one and only beloved source for silicone.
Jeweler's supplies (tools!)
Literarly thousands of sockets, quite a lot of them one of a kind.
Miniature Supplies (Greenstuff, various tools and paints).
High quality metal for reasonable prices.
For you tool-makers.
March 28th, 2009 #10
great dvds available for rent, they have one week rentals for $10 it is only shipped in the US and canada.
check out the john brown sculpting videos and phillipe faurat videos, these were the most useful to me. Heres his site which they can also be ordered at.
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April 27th, 2009 #13
Here's an interesting one, Weta Workshop! http://www.wetanz.com/
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April 27th, 2009 #14
A master! http://www.figuresandfocus.com/ He has a bunch of brilliant sculpture tutorials.
September 5th, 2009 #15
While wandering around Ikea i stumbled upon this little gem... ok, not so little, its 38cm across. It officially a 'lazy susan' for putting your snack bowls / condiments on, but i'll be using it for spinnin' my sculpture around to access them from all angles. And all for the bargain price of £5.59!
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August 26th, 2010 #18
ooooooh i live near an IKEA, and that lazy susan be lookin HOT!!! and for those state side. heres http://compleatsculptor.com/Merchant...tore_Code=tcs1 , these folks got the woiks. i have ordered from them in the past, and they never let me down. of course now if one plans to order from the states and your livin in the UK or wherever, be ready to pay a lil extra. but worth it. then again, its only for those hard to find items. wendy froud , the lady behind Yoda, and wife of brian froud the goblin king himself , has been goin to the store and teachin courses. and you can even buy tools that she has designed. if you wanted to.
August 26th, 2010 #19
this thread is the best help one can get aside from learnin in class . yay me.
October 10th, 2010 #20
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January 2nd, 2011 #21
Anyone know a supplier of plumbers pipping for armatures.?
I have had difficulty finding suppliers in the uk. Seems to be easy to find in the US.
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If you're in The Netherlands like me, and have a tough time finding materials like I had, check out these guys: http://www.formx.nl
They have pretty much everything when it comes to materials and tools.
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January 5th, 2011 #25
A couple more UK links.
Plenty of epoxy putties, alongside other tools, equipment and some casting supplies:
http://www.restorationsupplies.co.uk/ - sells Cold Clay, alternative to Magic Sculp.
http://www.pencils4artists.co.uk/ for colour shapers
UK sources of Apoxie Sculpt:
JHT Taxidermy Supplies on ebay.
Cernit, among other things:
Uro polymer clay. I stumbled across this in a shop, once upon a time. Seems to be fairly obscure but it's not bad stuff.
Review (Images restored!)
http://www.animationsupplies.net/index.php - not to mention other supplies! Aluminium wire, eyes, air-dry, milliput etc.
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Hey i was wondering if anyone knew of good and bad brands of airbrushes.. or are they all about a much of a muchness?
was thinkn of buying a dual action airbrush with compressor +tank for 284 $au
is that expensive?
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Hi Raumer, I'm not sure about the price but there is a make of airbrush called Aztec which is brilliant. I used to do a lot of airbrush illustration before going digital and have used, tried, tested and own loads of different airbrushes over the years. However the Aztec range are basic, really simple, and easy to use, well priced and very robust. I've had mine for about ten years and it's still going strong. I've sprayed most things through it and can't recommend it highly enough. What I will say is whatever one you get is to always be in the habit of Keeping it clean and never let paint dry inside it.
January 8th, 2011 #28
I also liked my Aztec air brushes, but my all time workhorse was an Iwata hp-bc. Great gun, but like all airbrushes must be cleaned constantly for the best performance. I haven't cranked those babies out in years...always loved pulling the friscit off a painting and see it come alive...memories...
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October 4th, 2011 #29
Hey folks, sorry haven't seen these posts.. that's how long it's been since I've been in here! Well, I hope we can try and keep this thread alive coz it's very useful for all sculptors!
October 4th, 2011 #30
To any moderator.. is there any chance of making this a sticky thread please?