The face of the rat

art, Miniature, Sculpture

The last stage of the figure sculpting.

Getting just the right expression on his face is pretty hard and requires a lot of back and forth. The work is mostly adding a little sculpey here and carving some of there till I am satisfied with the shapes.

I havenĀ“started the years yet, but they will find find their places after all the other stuff is finished.

After this it’s just filling some gaps and sanding and smoothing the whole figure for painting.

Naama The desk

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Sculpting detail

art, Miniature, Sculpture

Thought I’d share a few pics from the details on the figure.

First the hand, sculpting these fingers less than 2mm thick was fun, did the nails also.

Handy

And here are the bottoms of the feet. Tried my best to get some of the wrinkles on there too. You can see some of the 1mm copper wire in the toes.

Feet

Sculpting.

art, Sculpture

Lately among other things I have been sculpting.

I started out this miniature human that is going to be a part of a bigger piece. The process is really slow since I am really trying to make it look realistic. When the sculpting part is done I am going to take out my oil paints and try something I have not done before. I know that if I get the painting right it will look really freaky, and freaky is what I am going for. This is also a personal challenge that I set up for myself. I think when you set goals that sometimes seem almost impossible, and challenge yourself is when you improve.

I can say that I already feel my improved super sculpting skills, mu ha ha HA!

Here’s what will be the “Money rat”

Money rat

I am also working on a another piece along this one. This one will have guns, 7 guns to be exact. the other six guns make up the core of the sculpture. I can’t really say why I somehow startedĀ using guns in my imagery, but the meaning of the gun/guns is constantly growing and getting more complex in my mind. It can be whatever I want, and It can be whatever else to others.

Gun

I guess I can say that I like guns??

Here are the work in progress pages for these two pieces, mostly pictures from various stages of work as I go along.

https://splashsnappop.wordpress.com/w-i-p/money-rat-w-i-p/

https://splashsnappop.wordpress.com/w-i-p/what-comes-around-w-i-p/

Tools for custom tools

art, Portrait, Sculpture, Tools

Before I get in to the tools I will show what I did with the tools.

I made this little bust 3 inches tall during the holidays. I found it really relaxing and I just sculpted a little every day for a week. It was also good practice and I did learn many things while making this.

Here’s the finished model.

Banker bus sculpeyt

And here it is after a basecoat of light grey.

Banker bust

I made this model from supersculpey, it is a modelling paste that you can harden in the oven by baking it for a while. The first thing I needed to do is to get the sculpey softer, as it is pretty hard to sculpt with straight from the package.

I needed a tool to do this and I did this little oven for my table, It’s just a box covered with foil. It works when I chop my sculpey into smaller pieces throw them in the box and put my lamp directly above it, close to the sculpey. This will get it nice and soft and soon it will be ready to sculpt with.

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Heating up the sculpey

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The compounds I mainly use when working on small sculptures.

After I had sculpted the basic shapes and I was about to go to the details, I noticed that I need more sculpting tools. I knew what kind of tools I wanted and I did check the internet for some tools, but I did not the tools that I wanted. So I decided that I would try to make some of my own.

I took a set of pliers, a used guitar string, old brush, small drill and some superglue.

I had everything that I needed to make a couple of tools. First I cut of the bristless of an odl brush and then I drilled into the top and got the rest off. After that I took some guitar wire and bend it around the brush. After I had a good loop i just cut the exes of the wire off, dropped some super glue to the hole of the brush and stuck the wire in.

I had a good working custom tool that I could not find anywhere, I also did a couple more while I was at it, one with a ball that I made from a pin, and this whisker thing for scraping the surface again using some used guitar strings.

Tools for tools

The tools to make tools.

Custom tools

first on the left a tool made from a old brush and a piece of bent paperclip, next is one with guitar string, third is one from a pin, fourth has 3 long pieces of guitar string, and the one on the right is made form the end of a pin.

Here’s 5 off the little tools I did lined up. I can say that these are very easy and cheap tools to make, and if you are into miniature sculpting or sculpting in any way this is something you might want to try out. because what is more cooler than making things with tools you made yourself.