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Figurine WIP/ tutorial part 1 armatures and legs by sculptor101 Figurine WIP/ tutorial part 1 armatures and legs by sculptor101

Many friends had asked me "How do you make figurines, can you show me the process?" I had therefore made a tutorial that divided in several areas of the figurine while I was working on a self project, a project that wasn't base on commission, actually they were sort of work in progress. You may see a lot of photos taking during sculpting. It's long hours of work that I did beside my work. Please look for yourself and compare the differences of how it was made. I tried taking shoots as many as I can at the "turning points" in angles.

I know you might have a lot of questions, the materials, tools, methods... I would suggest you may look for my other tutorials for commonly asked questions. I don't really know how long this project may take. But I'll keep updated as it goes on. The pictures shown an angel figurine in progress. Enjoy!

 

Title: It has a title but I'm not going to say it now, please wait until you see the whole scene when nearly finish.

Material were used: Super Sculpey, jumbo paperclips, crazy glue, baby powder.


Please also refer to the following related tutorials:
Figurine WIP/ tutorial part 1 armatures and legs
Figurine WIP/ tutorial part 2 dress and folds
Figurine WIP/ tutorial part 3 wings
Figurine WIP/ tutorial part 4 wings
Figurine WIP\ tutorial part 5 the soldier + angel
Figurine WIP\ tutorial part 6 heads + base final

Final sculpture scene:
Bring the boy back homeby sculptor101  

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FlukeOfFate Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
These are all very lovely! I have a question though: I see you using a paint brush in several of these tutorials and, I'm wondering exactly what the purpose is? Is there some sort of liquid you are using?
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!!

That's for smoothing the surface of Super Sculpey, you may refer to my tools tutorial No. 18, 19,21 for detail at:
sculptor101.deviantart.com/art…

You can use nail polish remover for it, but each brand of formula may vary, do test it on the clay before you use it. 
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FlukeOfFate Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I've always had trouble smoothing out my work
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Heart Heart Heart 
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Tim-Osullivan Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alex, how would you shape the leg wire for a woman wearing high heels buddy? I have no probs in wax as there is no wire but with clay, I get probs.

also what size/thickness wire would you use in this tutorial if the figure had to be 17 inches or so?

atb --tim :)
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I would worry about its steady for 17" tall figurine. It's easy to fix the armature if it goes to molding after sculpting. So I would use much thicker size of wire as possible. The best way is to use the metal pipes that holds its waist. And the main armature secured to it. I don't really know the size of wire but would pick the wire you should bend it with big pincer. 
Do you usually make a casting from clay out of silicone mold? Or just make it for practice? 
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Tim-Osullivan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
usually just practice Alex. but I am having problems shaping the wire to accommodate a foot wearing heels; I've tried many different shapes and bends but the wire gets in the way.

 When I use wax, it is no problem as I don't use a wire. But with clay, it is driving me nuts. :)

atb --tim
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I would mainly make the wires go with the shape of the character's body from her feet to stand still and just put some minor wires go through the heels that enough to apply the clay. Perhaps some strings pull tightly from the legs to the base board in triangles. Take your time to find out the best way, so you would have good experience next time. :) (Smile) 
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Tim-Osullivan Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well if you ever sculpt a female wearing killer heels, be sure to document that! For now I'm going to use wax as I am hating on wire at the present!!! lol. :)

atb --tim
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey Tim, whatever is good for your work would be better! Good luck to your killer high heels lady!
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Tim-Osullivan Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cheers Alex! but it is still annoying that I cant do it in clay on a wire! :)

atb --tim
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friendlyMiststueck Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Can youexplain how you smooth the clay? And why do you cut the legs of :O
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Please take a look my tool tutorial at:
sculptor101.deviantart.com/art…
No 18, 19, 21 for the explanation
I cut the legs for molding reason, also the figurine can be seen under the skirt that I don't want to fill it all up with clay.:) (Smile) 
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sagredo07 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
what can I say???????....I'm shocked ... graciasssssss

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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Huggle! :happybounce: 
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The-Build Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice work and REALLY good to see the stages broken down.
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! I thought it would be good to just post the process of photos, perhaps friends here be easier to understand. ^^
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The-Build Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No worries, hope it helped.
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the-LAG-master Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Hobbyist
Thanks for taking time to record every step, really awesome to see each small increment in the process
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You are welcome! I didn't think much and arrange the scene, it's a bit messy of the working turn table. But at least I try to show how they were formed. So glad you like it! ^^
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lemgras330 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks for this. Everyone starts off differently. I guess it's what works best for you. :D
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You are welcome! Yes, anyone may have their own way, whatever suitable to them is a good method. Huggle! 
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SilverTop Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is wonderful!  Thank you for sharing with us.
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Finally I get the chance making it and share. thanks dear!!Huggle! 
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TrainxHeartnet Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
This is amazing! I always get excited seeing new tutorials from you. =]
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The process will go on and I'll post them on later. Hope they help! Hug 
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Ylvina Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
This is a really great tutorial, thank you so much for sharing!
It is great to see this figurine in the making. Also the second part is really good.
It's incredible, how you work those folds and shapes out of the naked sclupey. The feet are amazing, too!
I just don't really get, why you cut of her legs at the end. Is it to correct the angle or something?
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You are welcome my dear!! I thought this photos may explain by themselves. But I probably would need to make more notes for it later.

I intent to make it like a 1/10 scale garage kit, so the molding will be a problem in legs. Also it's fun for self assembling. There will be many pieces with pin attachments in these figurines.  I cut off the legs on purpose, you will see the next updates many parts might cut off, wings, hands, heads, base etc. 
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Ylvina Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014
Okay I have seen this before, but never with a propper explanation,
im very exited to see the further process.
And Thank you for sharing it, once more!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You are welcome my dear Judy!! There is a story in this scene, I'll keep taking the progress and tell it in a proper time. I really appreciate your support! Huggle! 
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Tammysoul Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great Thank you so much for sharing :)
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You are welcome! It's my pleasure helping others! :) (Smile) 
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BlackCrow321 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
I wish I could look over your shoulder when you sculpt. Really nice. I know I said that before but I always wonder how someone can work so smooth and rich in detail with the normal sculpey *_*

One litte question. For what do you use the glue? So that the new clay hold on to the baked clay? Or only to glue the parts back together? ^^
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Me too, I wish you would be my angel to look over my shoulder!! :D (Big Grin) 
I guess that I had played with it for many years, so I know well how it could be formed.

The glue is very useful when apply soft clay on baked clay. But be very careful not putting to much, it "runs" fast!  Or sometimes, when you apply the clay, it stays on but it moves after your tools are working on it, it creates air inside (between soft and hard clay) that bothers you, you may cut the soft clay open and put a very little drop into it with a paperclip or a needle. 
Yes, It may glue the parts back on also.
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BlackCrow321 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Oh, I'm no angel Devilish

So you really use the glue to connect the baked with the unbaked sculpey. Really interesting. For this purpose I use Translucent Liquid Sculpey but I think your method is cheaper ^^ I will give it a try : )
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I usually use Sculpey Diluent (softener), apply very thin on baked sculpey. It works fine for attaching new clay. But I use crazy glue because it is much faster to stick on and won't even move. You may try it and be careful, it drop and run fast. Make sure that you have some tissue paper beside you! 
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Tengger-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
amazing skills you have!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!! ^~^
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dgobass Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
wow ! *o*
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:) (Smile) 
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Cocospaces Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
That's impressive.
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!!
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