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Old 30th November 2012, 10:19 PM
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After seeing some of the animals here, I thought I would try my hand at sculpting too. This is my attempt at a brown bear. Any advice you might have on how to make the sculpt better would be great.

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Old 8th December 2012, 02:56 PM
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Excellent figure!!! What is he made in, is it a clay of some kind? Please post the finished photos when he is painted.
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Old 12th December 2012, 04:50 PM
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Thanks Philter! He's made from plastilina clay. I don't know the brand or any other specifics about it - my cousin gave me some of it to try out. The problem is it doesn't harden, so I'm trying to learn more about casting it in plaster before I try painting. Once I do, I'll be sure to post pictures, of course! The next time I try sculpting, I think I might have to find a new material. Any recommendations?
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Old 17th December 2012, 02:34 AM
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Anna uses MagicSculpt and Harriet and Silvia (hkhollinstone and SyLoBe) use Sculpy Firm. I use both, Sculpy (I mix original and firm) for the bulky parts and MagicSculpt for details. Sculpy is an oven baked polymer clay, magicSculpt is a two part epoxy clay that has different working time based on the mixture.

How big is he? What scale do you normally work in?
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Old 17th December 2012, 05:56 PM
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Thanks for the advice! I might give the sculpy a try, then - I'm not comfortable enough with the idea of working quickly to try the epoxy just yet.

I've taken a picture of him next to a Britains tiger. I think it's in roughly the same scale (which I think is 1/32). I think I like this scale, so I think I'll try it again for next time. I've enjoyed sculpting.



I've found out more about the clay I used - it's apparently made for casting things into bronze. I was really hoping there would be some way to just him into resin or plaster or something (bronze seems too expensive), so I'm not sure whether or not there will be a painted version. I'm a little disappointed by this, but I've been trying to find out more just in case.

(And I got the picture in correctly this time! Many thanks to irnm2001's tutorial.)
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Wonderful work! He's just great. You're very talented.
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Thanks, John! Glad you like it.
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Hello again!

So after not managing to find a way to cast the bear into resin, plaster or plaster or something else reasonable, and then after staring at it on my desk for a while, I broke down and got it cast into bronze. I do not recommend this, but I really wanted to finish it. In the future I'll use sculpey. But now I do have a hard copy of the bear that I've painted.



In person, the colors of the claws and paws look more distinct from the fur color, but I might still adjust them to make them more so. I want to touch up the eyes too, but black made them sort of vanish into the face. Any ideas?





Thanks to everyone for the advice and the encouragement!

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