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:. Sculpting Process .:
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Published: March 5, 2012
© 2012 - 2019 XPantherArtX
Finalllly! Took me forever! X) My very first 'tutorial'. It's the process I go through with every sculpture, along with some tips. Hope it's not too confusing or anything! Let me know what you think! :w00t:

Here's the final piece:
:.Lady - angles.: by XPantherArtX

And my other tutorials:

:.Sculpting tools - Tutorial.: by XPantherArtX :.Sculpting tips - Whiskers.: by XPantherArtX

** EDIT: I updated my tutorial a little, it's more up to date with how I work now. ^^

** EDIT2: For the paint, I switched back to ceramcoat paints! I like them better now ^^; But still, you can try both liquitex and ceramcoat and see which one YOU like best! ^^
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Redog706's avatar
Just starting with sculpey. Thanks for the inspiration and tutorials. Great to find serious artists using this medium.
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XPantherArtXHobbyist Artisan Crafter
My pleasure! That's awesome! I'm glad I was able to inspire you :aww: I post a lot on instagram, a lot of work in progress stuff. Have a look if that's something you're interested in! Happy sculpting! :la:
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Tais-SketchbookStudent General Artist
Hi! Understand this tutorial is old, but I'm wondering about the tape, I've seen people use tape on other tutorials but no one explains weather or not it burns or effects the sculpt in anyway when it is baked? and is it just basic masking tape or is it a special sort of sculpting tape? I'm worried about taping a sculpture only to ruin the work if it warps or anything.
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Hi there! Yeah this is old stuff but I still use the tape to secure the aluminum foil on the armature. It is regular masking tape, the kind you find in your hardware store. It won't affect your piece in any way and it won't burn in the oven.

I bake my sculptures at about 230-250F for sometimes up to 1h30 to 2h and nothing ever burned before. And a lot of stuff went into my oven XD mainly different kinds of wood and plastics.

I'm not sure if you know but one important thing to remember with polymer clay is that you should leave it in the oven until it cools down! Taking the sculpture out while it's still hot or even warm will make it crack. Of course, it is fixable but it's annoying ahah

Hope it helped! :D
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Tais-SketchbookStudent General Artist
Ahh thank you! This is a huge help <3. I'm new to sculpting so I've been wondering why my previous work attempt had cracked. I actually thought it was due to air bubbles in the sculpt, but the cooling is likely it then! Thank you for responding so fast as well :hug:
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It was my pleasure! :blowkiss: Don't hesitate to ask me if you have any more questions ^^ I'd be happy to help! 
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joey9011Hobbyist Artist
This tutorial is awesome! I've been looking for an oven that size what's the brand
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XPantherArtXHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! It's an Hamilton Beach oven. It's the biggest I could find! :D
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imansoftStudent Traditional Artist
wow, nice artwork!

thank you! 
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XPantherArtXHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :3 And you're welcome ^^
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MontyTH General Artist
Is that tape is really nesessary? And why do you need to bake the eyes firstly?
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XPantherArtXHobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think it's necessary because the aluminum foil won't stop coming off otherwise. You need to put something around it so it stays put while you sculpt. Maybe thinner wire wrapped around the foil would do the job too. I don't need to bake the eyes first but I found that it's much easier to work on the face this way :D
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MontyTH General Artist
Oh, thank you very much! :aww:
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You're welcome! ^^
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Perfect tutorial! Thank you!
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You're welcome! :)
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IamStanfanHobbyist General Artist
i have one problem, when i try to make armature, i dont know how to put legs and body together.?And then the legs are always moving!;-;Can u help me?
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XPantherArtXHobbyist Artisan Crafter
You just have to reinforce the wires with thinner wires and masking tape. Aluminum foil helps too. You can also use a small amount of clay to cover the legs area and bake this! Then it'll be hard and the legs won't move anymore. ^^
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IamStanfanHobbyist General Artist
ohh thank you so much!:)
i really like youre sculptures!I always make legs so fat, but youre are so thin and nice sculpted!
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XPantherArtXHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much :aww: It takes practice, they're not easy to make :D
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IamStanfanHobbyist General Artist
yeah i know!But i dont know where to buy wire in my country?
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XPantherArtXHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Usually you can find these in any hardware store!
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IamStanfanHobbyist General Artist
hmm, i need to chect where in my country is hardware store!
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love!  thanks for sharing your knowledge.  didn't know you could use wire/tape? frame.  can you use that in a kiln too?  it wont cause the clay to explode?  does any of it burn away?  (obviously Im new to all of this and teaching myself :) )
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