So, I've dipped a toe into the waters of miniature sculpting (pictures to come), using the same cheap plastic sculpting tools that DM Scotty has used in a couple videos. Trouble is, they have raised lines from the molding process that can leave marks in my clay if I'm not careful. It's there any easy way to get rid of those ridges? I'm a little afraid to try sandpaper, since I don't want to ruin the smooth surfaces of the tools. Any suggestions are welcome.
Actually, some of the plastic tools are pretty good to start out with and even later on, you can often do things with them that you can't with metal ones (The reverse is also true there).
For removing the lines, you could try a sharp knife, but most of the time the lines don't really matter that much in the long run.
i am curious about that can you give me some exemple? (i can't remenber one time i wished my tool were plastic)
The first is that you can easily reshape the tools themselves for shorter use in getting to odd places on sculpts...another is that there are some materials that don't stick to plastic but will stick to metal.
Also with several mediums, if it's starting to cure, plastic tools are less likely to cause breakages and cracks.
good point but "The first is that you can easily reshape the tools themselves for shorter use in getting to odd places on sculpts" if you have odd place when you sculpt it's the technique that need to change not the tool
"Also with several mediums, if it's starting to cure, plastic tools are less likely to cause breakages and cracks." if you have breakage or crack it's not the tool that is the issue (the person or the medium are more probable )
Post by adamantinedragon on Apr 26, 2017 3:53:09 GMT
I've used plastic and metal tools for Sculpey, Super Sculpey, Green Stuff, Apoxie Sculpt and other epoxy putties. I've never noticed any significant difference in stickiness, but the metal tools have always been stronger. I can't recall needing to reshape a tool to get to an odd place. Of course I've got a pretty good pile of metal tools though...
"Don't you mean adamanTITE dragon?"
>crunch crunch nom nom<
"I've used plastic and metal tools for Sculpey, Super Sculpey, Green Stuff, Apoxie Sculpt and other epoxy putties. I've never noticed any significant difference in stickiness," i think it depend of the qualitie of the tool and of the technique,if you do a tiny piece having the GS sticking more on the tool than the armature is hell now i use the cheap plastic ones with plastiroc and they do great
i use petroleum gelly so nope ^^ the thing is i like to put the first layer "dry" so i don't have to worry about the lube going between the armature and the gs but i think it not an argument but a preference
erho: I will once again rise above Lurker status if I ever get back to painting, Real life work transitions... Adulting
Jan 31, 2020 16:23:29 GMT
factoriatabletop: sgtslag...oh man! you are right about it...
Mar 3, 2020 10:13:15 GMT
Draklith: Hey everyone just a quick stop by to see if anyone is still here, hope everyone is doing ok
May 26, 2020 18:27:20 GMT
sgtslag: This forum seems to be slowing down. I hope everyone is still crafting, safely! I will be here until they turn off the power... Cheers!
May 27, 2020 13:46:43 GMT
factoriatabletop: maybe we should try to make a contest here, between us
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:08 GMT
factoriatabletop: no prizes, just proud....dont know, anyone else?
Jun 2, 2020 8:40:40 GMT
sgtslag: Still unpacking after moving in October... Too much stuff, crafting materials are mostly still in boxes. Weekends are busy with life, so little progress made. Getting the urge to push through, though, soon. I have several projects waiting...
Jun 2, 2020 20:14:39 GMT
erho: Yeah I'm down for a painting contect
Jun 8, 2020 14:28:59 GMT
sgtslag: Started working on making hills, which match my Tee-Time carpet I use for my "grass mat," on my gaming table, for big battles. Got two long chunks of open-cell foam, from a friend. Used my Proxxon Hot Wire Cutter to make terrain hills out of them.
Jul 26, 2020 20:12:40 GMT
sgtslag: Came up with around 80 hills. Covering them with the same carpet, from scraps. They will match the tabletop, perfectly. Contact Cement, is my friend. Will post on it, when I get the pictures uploaded. Some prototypes done, as proof-of-concept...
Jul 26, 2020 20:14:06 GMT
randywest: does anyone know more manufacturers for 1/72 fantasy minis besides Dark Alliance, Caesar and Elhiem?
Sept 14, 2020 14:16:19 GMT
sgtslag: 50 Hills completed, 24 left to cover the sides on. Hoping to finish this project within the week. Then I'll post a build description. For war gaming, but it can cross over to RPG sessions... They match the ground 'cloth', perfectly.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:09 GMT
sgtslag: Sorry, randywest, the listed makers are the only ones I know.
Sept 19, 2020 19:03:34 GMT
sgtslag: Ran out of Hot Glue, with only five hills left to add a skirt to the sides of. Wal-Mart closes at 8:00 PM, thanks to COVID. GRRRrrr! Another 30 minutes of work, and I would have been done: ~77 hills, modular, perfectly matching my table's ground cloth!
Sept 23, 2020 2:50:39 GMT
sgtslag: Will post a write-up soon, or after next week's vacation. Cheers!
Sept 23, 2020 2:51:57 GMT
sgtslag: Hoping to acquire a Chop Saw within the next two weeks. Then I will cut up MDF into triangles, to form the skeleton of my d20 fantasy world globe... Posting will follow, with how-to guide. Cheers!
May 11, 2021 22:57:40 GMT
erho: I have a confession: I havnt painted a thing in months because I got a new guitar(#8!) but now that May "Megadeth month" is over I have a repaired airbrush and a early 90's Ral Partha Amethyst dragon on the table... pics to come soon!
Jun 11, 2021 17:49:58 GMT
margaret: too bad you can't post your music here =). Hadn't seen that dragon - looks like it came out when all my cash was going to raising kids. Looking forward to seeing your paint choices!
Jun 12, 2021 2:41:42 GMT