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I finally remembered to make a picture of my tools. I have wood flats and paddles in many sizes, all of them are custom and hand carved made over the last 3 years I've been working and some very custom for certain things, like the pumpkin tool, cloth hook, and cas's mini paddle for his widdle face.

I have wire scrapers in various sizes, ribbon tools for large shapes, and some misc metal dental tools. I have LOTS more dental tools that range from tiny (for carving eyes) to large, but these days I favor the well oiled and smoothed wood ones that I've made myself.

I also have color shapers, but those are very specific and not something I use that often. Good to have on hand, though JIC.
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minimininakitti Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017  Student General Artist
SON DEMASIADOS! y yo que quería hacer muñequitos como vos pero no tengo esos materiales T_T
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Master-Kankuro Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Incredible collection. Adding your hands of gold and the masterpiecesd can be born.
Your statement to be a wormhole of 2D to 3D is a well fitting description. Seriously!
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JetGirl87 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Are the paddle tools the ones that look like feet? What do you use them for? I just bought a set of ribbon tools and I have a 10 piece set of the wooden tools. 
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Werewolfling Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
I have a few tools and some of them overlap with yours. It's nice to know that I seem to be heading in the right direction (not sure if my sculpting would ever reach your caliber though ^_^ ) I've found a tool that I quite like just recently though, I've been using metal crochet hooks. They have been very helpful for the tight spaces where my fingers don't fit and they come in may different sizes.
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VIIStar Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
this is good - you should try and be exposed to as many tool shapes as possible before making your own set that suits your style of sculpting :3

i haven't tried crochet hooks, as I stick mainly to wood tools, but it's an interesting idea
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Werewolfling Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
They have worked rather well. Looking at my tools, I found I actually only have one wooden one, the rest are all metal. The one wooden one does work rather well, it leaves fewer tool marks on the sculpture compared to the metal ones.
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VIIStar Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
the wood is softer and can be smoothed better than metal ^^

metal is good for oil clays that need to be heated up and even then you use wood for details
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Werewolfling Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Have you used silicon tools before? I ran into some on eBay and they intrigued me. They weren't too expensive, so I pick them up regardless. (I found more wooden tools, apparently I had some hidden :D ) Would you like to see some of my sculptures? Not as good as yours, but I'm pleased with my latest ones.
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VIIStar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
the little rubber tipped color shapers?  
I have a few of them, but don't use them often, but when i need them they're good to have.  I like the 'golf club' paddly shapes ^u^

I took a look at your gallery and I really like the winter one (unpainted)  it has a dark crystal Mystic look to it :3
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Werewolfling Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Winter is a character from my friend's webcomic. He's pretty neat. Thanks for checking them out, they are pretty old though, at least four or five years since I posted any sculptures, I think. I have a peacock dragon as well, I will be painting him in the next week or so. I'm particularly proud of him.
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honeysclover Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
ive tried the oiled tool technique and i was wondering if you have to oil them every time you use them? mine worked great right after being oiled but the next day it didnt glide over the clay like it did before. did i do something wrong i sanded it down and covered it with oil used for sewing machine and let it soak.
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VIIStar Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
hmm... They might just need more oil and set time if this is the first time you've oiled them (wood is thirsty). Also make sure you have rubbed them on paper over a smooth table until they're shiny.

If that doesn't work I'd sand them again with like 600-1200 grit until they're super smooth, re oil, let it set and then rub them on paper until they're shiny.

Other than that, without a macro picture of them I can't diagnose what's wrong. Your clay could also be dry or super tacky.

I usually oil about once a month (a month being of continuous work ~10 hrs a day) but it shouldn't be necessary more that that.
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honeysclover Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
im using super sculpey 3 and its sticks to all my tools i have a feeling its super tacky.
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VIIStar Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
ok, yeah there's your problem O_O

SS3 is really oily... and a rather miserable substance. I tried a super/SS3 mix and i had to wait for it to go stale before I could work with it. :/

I'd recommend a super/firm mix if you really wanted to get into sculpting.

You could also roll out your SS3 flat and put it between paper and under a weight for a few days, see if that leeches out some of the oil...
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unconventionalsenshi Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your creations are so inspiring :iconcryforeverplz: I remember seeing one of your OC's sculpts ages ago and I loved it so much, since that time you've created so much more and improved your skills so much :faint::heart:
I have similar wooden paddles (though not custom, I just sanded them out as smooth asI could) and I must say, I've been considering covering them with varnish because I like that 'smooth', glossy surface of shaping tools. But then I thought - why weren't they varnished by the producer in the first place, as my wooden brush handles typically are *_* And I thought - maybe they're not ment to be varnished :B Now that you say you've oiled them, I'm intrigued :eager: Do you mind telling me what oil you've used and if you need to apply a lot or little and is there any particular way to go along with it? :)
I do have linseed oil and mineral oil on hand. Did you use mineral? :) thanks :love:
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VIIStar Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
:aww: thanks so much! What a nice thing to say! :tighthug:

I used to be SO slow too! Some of those old ones are 200 hours+ O___O;

Oh no, no varnish - you want the wood to be able to absorb oil and remain naturally flexible. Just give them a good sand with wet or dry grey (even texture automotive NOT WOOD) sandpaper go down to 600 - 1200 grit paper until they're so smooth (but NOT the handles or they'll slip in your hand, just the tool part XD trust me on this)

then apply a thin coat of 3 in one lubricating oil (petroleum product) and let it set until it's mostly absorbed and then either apply again (if it's the first time) and wait until that's absorbed then wipe it again.

Then get a piece of paper on a smooth table (HAS to be smooth or you'll ruin your tool) and rub the oiled tool on the paper until it's SHINY. voila - super smooth oiled tool ^^

You'll know it's done when the yellow wood has an orange/brown color to it and it's shiny. run the tool over some clay to check for imperfections, and if the area you smooth out is perfect you're good :3
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unconventionalsenshi Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thank you so much for this detailed description :tighthug: I'll definatelly give it a try (because I was not using these spatulas at all anyway, the 'rawness' of the wood was too uncomfortable >,<) Luckily, I do have a petroleum-based lube at home :dummy: I'm not English nor American but often get info from international sites, and some english names get me confused because it's all different in my language and sometimes there are two separate terms out there for what there is just one in my country and the other way round :B For example there are no direct translations for such things as 'naphta' or 'rubbing alcohol' here and I often came across these terms on crafting forums.So one just has to figure out what exact chemicals are in that foreign stuff and then look for corresponding products :B It can be a pain it the a** sometimes, srsly ^^; I often hear ppl saying about 'mineral oil' for smoothing out plasticine or oil-based clay but we also don't use that term here, so I googled to a conclusion, that it's either liquid petroleum(which they sell here as lube for sawing machines and stuff) or liquid parrafin?? I wasn't sure bout the difference between these two, but the first one was like liqid vaseline and the other one like liquid candles or something, lol XD Liquid paraffin is sold here as either laxative medicine or oil lamps fuel :P ^^; Sorry for that nonsense babbling... :P I guess, my point is, are you from the US/UK and if not, did you ever come across such challenges with 'chemical terminology' while learning/improving your craftsmanship?(given that you do look up online tutorials/ sculpting boards and such) :XD: I'm Polish btw :B
sorry for such a long comment, too much Red Bull at night, haha XD If your busy, disregard and no need to answer :3 :heart:
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VIIStar Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
No worries! I can understand language barrier being difficult - I ship worldwide so it's something that I have dealt with :3

Mostly my issues are with getting orders and addresses straight so everything is done right and nothing gets lost. I've not had much problem material wise, mainly getting rare stuff like kneadatite, which i have to get from the UK in tape form XD I've not had to look online for tutorials much, as I'm more of a mad scientist / experimenter :evillaugh:

If it helps anything used for oil based clay should stay with oil based clay. Oil based clay is not baked and has to be molded. you can use water or alcohol with this stuff too, but you should test it out, as some clays react differently than others, such as Y2 Klay VS Chavant le Beau touche

Sculpey is a polymer clay and uses petrol products like vaseline and oil lubricant (like for saws as you said), and then smooths with 99% alcohol (used for treating wounds as a disinfectant) OR turpenoid / turpentine, though that stuff REALLY melts it so be careful.

Mineral oil should work, as I do believe it is petroleum based. Anything petroleum based should work with smoothing your tools, and vaseline can be applied to baked sculpey to make sculpey stick to it. I figure it just bakes off during the heating process. :shrug: It works and I don't ask questions!
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StrawberryMeadow Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just did my tools tonight, thanks for the tips! 
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unconventionalsenshi Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, thanks so much! :XD:
Yeah, I do realize oil-based clays can only serve for making 'prototypes' for casts, but I think I prefer them over polymers, simply because I never worked with 'proper' polymer clays like Sculpey, since they also don't sell it here U_U. The stuff I used was fragile and low quality, sometimes a perfect sculpt would crack, brittle up and get ruined after curing (despite proper heating settings) and it just pissed me off and discouraged from treating polymer clays seriously as a material for final sculpt form. I do love resins on the other hand, both epoxy and polyurethanes or polyesters. And while mold-making can be a pain in the ass, and it's incredibly hard to make a few-piece mold (at least for me U_U ), the sculpture in resin is so much safer to handle than polymer clay. There's just no way of tiny elements popping off, unless you actually throw that thing down on the floor :D Which brings up my next question, do you cast those awesome Scupley sculptures of yours? Reson copies would be like garage kits and would be definatelly more affordable for more people :D (like those Pony sculptures. Why make one if you can make and sell a low-running batch? )Unless, of course, uniqueness and being absolutely OOAK is what you value most in your work :)
Just googled Kneadatite, they also don't sell it here, but they do sell other epoxy putties but not for the crafting/model-making market, but in home depot-type shops, for gluing-up pipes and such :XD: And it is a bit cheaper to use that than the crafter's modelling putty. Btw, that Kneadatite looks a lot like the Green Stuff, which I've read about before and also considered buing that from abroad but never did in the end.
Btw, have you heard about 'Polymorph' or 'morphing plastic' :D? It's really cool, can be shaped and reshaped in just 60 degrees Celsius, in hot water :) I ordered it from abroad only to discover they sell it in Poland a week later, lol :XD: that was a downer :)
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Kathygirl2 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Now I know! You are a dentist right?
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Kathygirl2 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
I got a dentist who is coming from the usa and works now in Switzerland^^
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VIIStar Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
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Nope, but i got alot of tools from my childhood dentist in exchange for some of my thesis comics :3 He's been my dentist for 20 years! 8D
He sings and acts in a local theater too!
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Zarylo Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
I like this.
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VIIStar Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
love tools! XD
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CaptainWilder Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, that's a lot of instruments. Are you really using all of them? My tool collection counts about a half of what are presented here, but I've found myself using only five or six of them.
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VIIStar Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
I actually, do, depending on the project ^^ ones I don't use get modded again into a tool that I will use.
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YamaMayaNyaa Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You actually sculpt these? Your sculptures are so accurate I was sure you were using a 3d printer.
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VIIStar Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
a 3d printer wouldn't be cost effective yet, and i prefer sculpting with real materials instead of digitally - these are all made by hand ^^
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Project-Wildhearts Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you SO much! This helps a ton <3
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VIIStar Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
no worries ^u^
love my tools! Always making more too!
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Ingtron Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My collection is similar, but about a fifth of the size! Thanks for posting this, cool to see what you use.
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VIIStar Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
heh you need more tools! 8D
this is maybe half of what i have? the important ones that I carry with me.
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Man that's a lot! O.O
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VIIStar Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
:lmao: you should see in my drawer... these are only the ones i use most often - not counting actual hardware tools XD;;;.
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