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This is my first tutorial on DA!:dummy:
I've seen a lot of sculptures on here of dogs, rodents and other furry creatures. And knowing how hard it is to make fur or feathers and how LONG it takes to make them look right, I figured that I should show how to make a feathering tool to speed up the process.

DISCLAIMER: You have to know how use this tool, it's not gonna make the fur or feathers just happen. You're still going to need to use a single needle tool.
Logo(s) owned by me.

If you use this, be sure to give credit and send me picture.:D
Other tutorials of mine:

Stocks and Brushes used:
paper_texture_by_knightfall_stock
Grunge_Brushes_09_by_KeReN_R
Spatter_animated_GIMP_brush_by_mesilliac
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This is the Trimonosaur! Its long, slender body and cone shaped head enables it to tunnel through the heaps of debris and its long, extending arms can remove or claw through anything that it can't. Its arms usually support most of its weight while its four insect-like legs provide the forward movement. Its arms can extend an extra 6 inches to reach for its prey. Its eye is on a long, flexible stalk hidden inside its three-part mouth, which is lined with short, but very sharp, teeth.


Okay, there's the bio. Now here's what I need to say:

This thing is absolutely the largest thing I have ever made! It's over 43 inches long! Why so big? I wanted to make a REAL creature from "9." Life-size. And it is fully articulated! Fingers, arms, legs, mouth, everything moves! This was REALLY hard to do, everything was so sharp. I found everything I needed around my house. And it's all held together with wire or screws and bolts. The only tape I used was on the eye, because wire just didn't want to cut it. The burlap is all sewed on with embroidery thread and some copper wire.


This guy is made of:
stainless steel wire mesh
an old pair of scissors
a stainless steel pipe
'Erector" parts
Popsicle sticks painted silver
a spark plug
red wire
rubber washers
aluminum sheeting
copper plating
"Exacto" knives
2 inspection tools
bolts
burlap
embroidery thread
copper wire
stainless wire
3 hinges
steel diamond grating
ball-and-socket joints from a hands-free tool
1 rubber band
1 wire tie
1 red LED
1 flashlight head
1 goose-neck lamp
plastic tubes painted silver

And several things that I have no clue as to what they are.
You would not believe how hard those ball-and-socket joints are to find! Apparently they're made exclusively for inspection tools and those hands-free things.

Download for giant size.
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Here are some close-ups of my 'Idolomantis Diabolica' piece. I didn't say this before; this also won 1st place and Best in Show in the 10th-12th grade division of the SHARE Homeschool art fair of 2009.

I made the eyes separate from the head to give them the inset look. They're made out of two colors of colored clay marbled together, 'cause painting that would have been a nightmare. If you can see them on the photo, there are three little "eyes" in the center of the head, just behind the antennas. I made those out of the tips of burnt-out Christmas tree lights(the little ones) that I clipped off. They got the perfect effect.

All the real thin parts: the chest plate, the arms, the wings and the leafy things on the legs and abdomen, are made with "Sculpy: Super Lite." It's half the weight of normal 'Sculpy.' It felt kinda like "Craola's: Model Magic," only stickier.

The antennas and the feet are made of a special kind of 'Sculpy' that stays very flexible after you bake it. It was hard. I had to work on a ice block to keep it cool; when it gets too warm, it's almost like working with rubber cement. Or toothpaste, or fresh bubble gum- something like that. REALLY sticky.

The legs are made of aluminum rods. Had to use a blowtorch to bend'em. You bend it once, okay, you try and bend it back, it breaks.

All painted with acrylic paints.

The photos I have do not do the granite justice. It's made of many different shades of green...not sure what mineral, with white quartz and it has small blood red crystals scattered throughout. Matches the mantis perfectly.
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[EDIT]: ALL RIGHT! A DAILY DEVIATION!!:iconisaydanceplz:

(Drum roll, please) And now! My PIECE DE RESISTANCE!!!! (or however you say that) This is my latest and absolute BEST piece of work, that I have yet to make!

Idolomantis Diabolica: the Giant Devils Flower Mantis.

1st place AND Best In Show winner of the 'Mastodon Regional Art\Science fair of 2009! THAT'S 2 YEARS IN A ROW, MAN! Out 3000+ participants(including science)! This baby also got me a scholarship and savings bond! AND it got to be shown in a local professional art gallery.

The base is made of found drift wood and granite. The mantis is made of polymer clay. (What else?) It is 21 inches tall, including the base. And it's life size.

This IS a real species of insect. It's from Africa.
Here's a link for some close-ups. [link]
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Here he is. Mr. :iconpondman1955:'s commissioned sculpture of Cryptosporidium 137. I made him with four(4) different Sculpey polymer clays: Regular white, Super, Super Firm, and black, red and glow-in-the-dark Premo.
I made his collar, a little button on his backpack and elements of his gun out the glow-in-the-dark clay, seen in the upper right corner, colored with a bit of blue permanent marker. I took the picture using a black-light, camera couldn't pick up the glow well enough in the straight dark.
The base is made of solid aluminum.

The worst thing happened to this guy during shipping. Despite all that I did to wrap and protect him, he arrived a complete wreck! He looked like he had a full milk crate dropped on him!
I now know that if I'm to ship a sculpture, I'm going to have to make a crate or something! Apparently cardboard and "FRAGILE," "DO NOT CRUSH," and "THIS END UP" written all over it doesn't cut it.

The download is huge, 4000 x 5000 pixels. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.
Here are all the WIP pictures:1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK!

Cryptosporidium 137 (c) by Pandemic Studios & THQ.
Sculpture (c) Harrison C. Shackelford, made for pondman1955.
Logo (R) Harrison C. Shackelford.

You like this? Want something like it? For commission information, see here: SCULPTURE COMMISSIONS TABLEWHAT I DO:
I am a sculptor who mainly uses polymer clays and epoxy clays to make my projects. I specialize in animal and non-human characters. I could do a human character but I promise nothing. My work speaks for itself, as do my customers. I am willing to do an art trade but because of the inherent nature of sculpture work, I can all but guarantee you won't like the terms. Because of the responsibilities of life and the complexities of sculpture work, it is very difficult for me to give an accurate date of completion. If project is needed by a certain time, be sure to contact me well before you need it; especially for something like a wedding cake topper or a gift of some sort. Some projects may take a few weeks while others take months.
[NOTE: Some examples given are a few years old and are not necessarily a reflection of my current sculpting abilities. My skill have improved since the time these pieces were completed.]
PAYMENT:
I do not take commissions f

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It's finished! Calvin and Hobbes' flight to Stony Gulch ended like all their other flights.:XD:
This is was commissioned by *jafo1723 :iconjafo1723:. I always liked Calvin and Hobbes. The humor, the wit, and especially the adventures and views of a crazy kid! On top of all that, the comic was also renowned for Bill Waterson's incredible, imaginative artwork! Something that just isn't seen in newspaper comics anymore, or even in graphic novel sorts of comics.


Calvin and Hobbes are owned by Bill Waterson.

You like this? Want something like it? For commission information, see here: SCULPTURE COMMISSIONS TABLEWHAT I DO:
I am a sculptor who mainly uses polymer clays and epoxy clays to make my projects. I specialize in animal and non-human characters. I could do a human character but I promise nothing. My work speaks for itself, as do my customers. I am willing to do an art trade but because of the inherent nature of sculpture work, I can all but guarantee you won't like the terms. Because of the responsibilities of life and the complexities of sculpture work, it is very difficult for me to give an accurate date of completion. If project is needed by a certain time, be sure to contact me well before you need it; especially for something like a wedding cake topper or a gift of some sort. Some projects may take a few weeks while others take months.
[NOTE: Some examples given are a few years old and are not necessarily a reflection of my current sculpting abilities. My skill have improved since the time these pieces were completed.]
PAYMENT:
I do not take commissions f

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I made another tutorial! And this time on containers. You may notice that I didn't say anything about the plastic storage drawers. Well, it's not necessary. Everyone knows that plastic drawers, hardware drawers, tool chests and all those sorts of things are made for storing and organizing art stuff.
Any comments, critiques or questions are welcome!
Other tutorials of mine:
Crumpled up paper stock found here: [link]



[DISCLAIMER: Certain plastics are not compatible with polymer clays, the clays will eat through or pit the plastics. These materials vary from place to place so you'll have to figure it out yourself.
I do not have any ownership nor sponsorship of Pillsbury, Shop n' Save or any other product or business mentioned in the tutorial above; they were only mentioned so you'd know where those things came from.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be aware of what kind of gum/candies you get. Many gum brands contain toxic sweeteners like asperatame, neotane and nutra-sweet(including Orbit). I don't want people dying like that.]
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Now..... THIS is on of my MASTERPIECES! This beauty won first place and Best-in-show at the Mastodon Regional Art\Science fair of 2008, out of 1,800+ entrants. (It's in Missouri, look it up)

The sculpture is about 7in. tall and is made of polymer clay with a metal armature and is painted with acrylic paints. The base is made of leopard wood and a rock. I ended up having to repaint this thing due to a chemistry issue. I sprayed it with a clear gloss enamel and it reacted with the acrylic paint; it never completely dried, remained sticky for weeks. Then I sprayed it with an acrylic clear gloss but the enamel stuff kept leaking through and then it looked like I dipped it in molten plastic. So I peeled it all off, like white glue off your finger tips or rubber cement, and repainted and glossed it with a brush on acrylic gloss.

WARNING!: SCIENCE ALERT!
The real thing (it is a real creature) is less than an inch and a half long. The flamboyant cuttlefish is one of only two known cuttlefish that are toxic. And it's not just the skin or secretions from the skin that's toxic, it's the whole thing! Muscles and all! They don't even know what kind of poison it is. And it really does come in those colors. The yellow and fuchsia on the tentacles flare up and brighten when it feels threatened, and the black and white stripes on the sides ripple down its back. It's SO cool, you gotta see it for your self.

One other weird fact: it doesn't hover around like other cuttlefish. It "walks" along the bottom of the sea floor with its tentacles.
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[EDIT]: Another DD! Praise GOD!! :iconisaydanceplz:

Hallelujah! I finally got around to editing these things!
Here it is! *Mellifluous-whispers:iconmellifluous-whispers: and ~mikey-aofw:iconmikey-aofw:'s completed wedding cake topper. The characters are Will and Scarlet from their comic/story series ~miarchy:iconmiarchy:.

It was an absolute pleasure to make this piece. I love the characters and their comics, I was able to use a half a dozen techniques I've been itching to try but had never used before and it's for two awesome people's wedding. What more could I want?
Detail shots:
For the work in progress shots of this check out my scraps gallery. [link]

Made of Super and Super Firm Sculpey with an armature made of stainless steel and aluminum foil. Painted with acrylics. The base is made of wood, stained with wood stain and painted with acrylics.

Sculpture made by me(obviously). Scarlet and Will are owned by *Mellifluous-whispers and ~mikey-aofw.
H.C.S. Studios logo owned by me.
Credit for the photograph goes to my sister, ~whispersinthedark17:iconwhispersinthedark17: Go check out her gallery, she's got some lovely stuff.:D

You like this? For commission information, see here SCULPTURE COMMISSIONS TABLEWHAT I DO:
I am a sculptor who mainly uses polymer clays and epoxy clays to make my projects. I specialize in animal and non-human characters. I could do a human character but I promise nothing. My work speaks for itself, as do my customers. I am willing to do an art trade but because of the inherent nature of sculpture work, I can all but guarantee you won't like the terms. Because of the responsibilities of life and the complexities of sculpture work, it is very difficult for me to give an accurate date of completion. If project is needed by a certain time, be sure to contact me well before you need it; especially for something like a wedding cake topper or a gift of some sort. Some projects may take a few weeks while others take months.
[NOTE: Some examples given are a few years old and are not necessarily a reflection of my current sculpting abilities. My skill have improved since the time these pieces were completed.]
PAYMENT:
I do not take commissions f

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Not the most inventive title but it works.
This is the second of my mostly failed 5-sculptures-in-5-days thing(or whatever it was) and is the one that took longer than it should have. Those fingers! Those fingers were so hard! I had to use a stiffer wire, stainless steel, which clay does not like to stick to at all. I ended up roughing them up with a file and then coated them with the Liquid Sculpey stuff, baked the stuff on and then put the clay on top of that. The thing is, looking back on it, I really should have used the epoxy type clays instead, because that would have been SO much easier.
Anyway, it's the Slenderman, one of the creepiest creepers there is! This Lovecraftian shadow has got to be one of the best fictional entities I've seen. Easily portrayed as a villain, a character, a monster and a force, all with complete continuity. And the best thing is, he's public domain! I'm gonna make him a sizable part of "the Crossover Project," he'd fit right it.

I went with a shadowier picture here because he's the Slenderman. Duh.
I might paint him later.

You like this? Want something like it? For commission information, see here: SCULPTURE COMMISSIONS TABLEWHAT I DO:
I am a sculptor who mainly uses polymer clays and epoxy clays to make my projects. I specialize in animal and non-human characters. I could do a human character but I promise nothing. My work speaks for itself, as do my customers. I am willing to do an art trade but because of the inherent nature of sculpture work, I can all but guarantee you won't like the terms. Because of the responsibilities of life and the complexities of sculpture work, it is very difficult for me to give an accurate date of completion. If project is needed by a certain time, be sure to contact me well before you need it; especially for something like a wedding cake topper or a gift of some sort. Some projects may take a few weeks while others take months.
[NOTE: Some examples given are a few years old and are not necessarily a reflection of my current sculpting abilities. My skill have improved since the time these pieces were completed.]
PAYMENT:
I do not take commissions f

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