I need some help with sculpting
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I need some help with sculpting

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Hey guys!
Sorry this is so long, but I really need some help and want to be specific.

So I just got everything I need for sculpting and started working on an old figure of mine. The problem I have is that every time I try to sculpt( I've done some clay work in the past) it ends up looking like, well shaped clay. For instance, if I make a helmet, it doesn't look like a helmet, but instead, a piece of clay resembled to look like a helmet. it doesn't have that clean, precise, look that makes sculpting look like real pieces of the figure. Like real items. So, how do I get a clean, precise sculpt? A few things, I have an extensive art background and am quite good drawing. I'm using milliput and some sculpting tools. And the work I make is alright. Its just not as clean and smooth and realistic as some of the other amazing sculpting I've seen. Is it a matter of more practice, or are there certain techniques used to making such clean sculpts? One thing I'm especially puzzled with is how to make very intricate details look smooth and clean without messing up what you've already sculpted. Do you smooth it out when the sculpt has cured or when it's still malleable? Please help, as I am just so baffled at how some one takes a glob of clay and sculpts a perfect masterpiece filled with clean, smooth, and flawless detail.

Posted by Purity
on Sunday, August 19, 2012
User Comments
G1-Toys -
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
When working with apoxie clays I will use water and a variety of paint brushes to smooth out surfaces.
I would also suggest getting some super sculpy to practice on as it doesn't air harden and will hold excellent detail its a great place to start if you are having troubles with apoxies.
Purity -
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Thank you everyone for all the help and advice! I really appreciate it and will keep sculpting with the help of these tips! thanks so much, you guys rock!
jadomiddlecustoms -
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
practice dude! Trust me, my first sculpts were not pretty, But through time and practice, I got better. Also, you might want to use an easier sculpt to start with such as aves or greenstuff.
hope this helps
Patraw -
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Yup, Randy's rubbing alcohol tip is one I've seen numerous professional sculptors mention many times, in regards to polymer clay.
Purity -
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Really?! Huh, never would've thought of that. Thanks so much Randy!
RandyJordan -
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Try brushing the sculpts gently with rubbing alcohol

90% and 70% works great to smooth it out ... and then you can try filing or sanding it.
Purity -
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Thank you guys so much for the help! I will definitely take your advice. That all makes so much more sense now!
pock63 -
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Like darth said, smooth things out as much as you can then sand to get them smooth. Another thing that helps with getting smooth details is having plenty of differently shaped sculpting tools.
Darththomas -
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Try smoothing your sculpt after it had sat on the figure for like 15 mins, use lots of water or epoxy safety solvents. The solvent is probably your best bet as water doesn't work too well with milliput. If that still don't look right, you're gonna need some sandpaper, sculpt your detail slightly larger than you want then go at it with different grades of paper I use 100 grit right up to 600 grit.
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