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    Exclamation Sculpy Questions

    Hi there everyone, Im somewhat of a beginner to using sculpy, not so much a beginner at sculpting so thats why a few niggling questions have been pestering me:

    First - Airbrush or Waterbased acrylics for painting? Or are there specific glazes you can use like you can with ceramic based clay?

    Second - When creating the peice from the armature, does it matter if the peice is hollow, for example with ceramic based clays if its hollow it needs a pin prick to let the hot air escape or the peice explodes in the kiln, does that work the same way with sculpey or doesnt it matter?

    Third - It doesnt matter that the final peice is cured/fired/baked on the wooden based used to support it, is that correct?

    Fourth - What is the best way to create weapons with sculpy, ive tried foil, ive tried wire mesh and so far its far too thin and flimsey to even attempt any detail, any suggestions?

    Fifth - What is the best way to model the faces, its right now where I have reached a bit of a stop on my current project.

    Thanks all for taking the time to read.

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    Let me see if I can add something to each of those.

    1. You can pretty much paint it with anything. You can paint it directly with acrylics or primer it first. You can do glazes with clear matte or gloss medium.

    2. It's not a good idea to have excessive voids because the clay will soften and "breathe" while being baked and may distort the surface. I have never heard of Super Sculpey actually exploding from being baked.

    3. Sculptures can be removed from their support. Often wooden bases will warp from the heat required for basing. However, you will want to make sure that your figure is well supported, since the clay softens during baking and then hardens during the cooling process, stress cracks can occur from unsupported areas. Here is an interesting article on that.
    http://ooakguild.com/index.php?name=...iewtopic&t=779

    4. I have not experienced any great success using polymer clay to replicate weapons. Your best bet would be to use an epoxy of some sort like Aves or Magic Sculp. These items also have many other uses.

    5. Here is a collection of links that may be useful for sculpting faces.

    http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/ca...inkoskull.html
    http://www.waynethedane.bizland.com/freebie.htm
    http://janmorganstudios.homestead.com/demo2.html
    http://www.themonsterlab.com/jlester.html

    Hope that sets you in the right direction.

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    Here is an example of the armature I used to bulk up the models, it looks a lot better at the present time as most of the sculpting is done but now theres a worry lol with its hollow interior.

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    fill the hollow interior with tinfoil,roll it up tight and then use a hammer tap it into akward places, to get it really tight.I noticed you used a lot of wire, try using the tinfoil to bulk out the areas you want first then hammer it into place so it's tight ,then wrap the wire round that, so your sculpey has something to stick to.Hopefully this pic will help.


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    Heres some more up to date pics on what Ive done so far, its progressed further since these were taken but I still need to add heads and another figure into it.

    Thanks a lot for the help, its greatly appreciated, Thank you!

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