Beginner diorama question
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Beginner diorama question

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Greetings. I'm new to customizing and have been wanting to create a diorama/playset for quite some time. Problem is I'm unsure what materials to use. The structure I'd like to make would be at least about 36" L x 18" W x 18" H. I figured I'd use modeling clay of some kind but don't know what type or brand would work best. I had planned to make a base of some sort for support, probably out of wood, and then sculpt over. I don't know if that's the best method or there's something better to do. I have a strong fine arts background but sculpture is something I never really messed with so I'm really pretty clueless as to how to get going. Any ideas, tips or suggestions would be a huge help as I'm eager to get started. Thank you in advance.

Posted by illestr8r
on Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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claytonemery -
Monday, July 20, 2015
Can't recommend modeling clay or air-dry clay. I made "stones" to size to form a house, each unique, but they shrank like 5% so I had to fill the gaps with "mortar". I've used a 1/4" skim coat of Joint Compound (plaster with glue mixed in) for adobe houses, and that held up.
illestr8r -
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Thanks for the help! I'll look into that insulation board. That's something that sounds like a good option. I bought some Aves to try out on figure customs as well.
Truwe 316 -
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
That would be a LOT of clay and work. Most of us use a two part epoxy to sculpt on to our figures like Aves or Procreate. I know a lot of dio guys use pink insulation board to make their dios and carve their details.

There are quite a few dio making tutorials on Youtube or head over to the Diostructure facebook group: and they should get you on the right path.

Good luck.
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