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    Question on making fins

    So I'm sculpting a 5 meter long prehistoric fish called Hyneria, and am currently ready to sculpt the fins. He is 1/40 scale putting him at about 5 inches) Well, I made a cut out of the fins with thin cardboard and covered it with a thin layer of super sculpey. This layer is so thin the cardboard is slightly poking out in a few places (Places in which I had to recover!).

    Anyway, I decided to use a stamp of a fin-like texture to use as the texture of my sculpture's fins. So, as I pressed the hardened stamp into the thin structure and tried lifting up, it yanked the thin layer completely off the cardboard. This is understandable, so I simply made the detail myself.

    As I took it out of the toaster oven I was surprised to see that the detail on the fins had almost completely disappeared due to baking. It was cooked at 250 for 15 minutes. )I lowered the temperature due to the thinness, which was only around 1/10 of an inch)

    Personally I didn't like the technique I was using to make the fins. The cardboard seemed too thick and the clay pulled off when using a stamp. Not only this, but the detail was removed.

    Does anyone have any tips or ideas on how to better make these tiny structures? I am sculpting them individually, and baking them each time I finish a side (else I'd be smashing the opposite side's detail while I did the other's.)

    Here is a picture of my fin unbaked: Question on making fins

    An image if the animal itself:

    Question on making fins

    I would prefer to use the stamps if possible, but whatever works best!


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    you could use the back of a butter knife? or something similar.

    I've never used stamps so I cant be much help in that department

    Looks like a cool project

    Earhole Bongsplat
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