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Making figurine wings tutorial


Here comes the WIP tutorial of wings for figurine, you may need to find good reference of bird wings, close up shoots of feathers for better result. Enjoy!!


Some tips during the progress:


*Use jumbo paperclips as the wire of armature. Bend them to the right angle and shape.

*Apply very thin layer of clay to the wires, Be sure to make them curved according to the real wings.

*Check every angles, compare with your figurine, make sure the size and scale are your preferred proportion.

*Bake the wing armatures with some supports to keep the shape. Believe me, you'll be sorry if you bake the clay without the supportive blocks...

*Check and compare the shape of both wings, compare the wings with your figurine. Adjust the clay and wires if necessary, you can bend them easily at this stage but carefully. Use a little crazy glue if it breaks.

*Apply very thin layer of the Sculpey clay softener, it helps the clay to stick on, the wings won't be thick after all, and thin clay might easily get air lumps between hardened clay and soft clay. Cut open, punch holes to get rid of the air lumps and press it back on if it happens.

*Apply the clay in layers like real feathers. Make sure build them up in right direction and angles of the inner and outer wings patiently. The inner feathers is concave, and the outer is protruding.

*You might need to check them back and forth for the same thickness but opposite of wings frequently.

*Don't go to the details of feathers (lines) if the feathers are not evenly organized. 

*Dig out the clay if you don't like the layers, I cut the edges of wings and redone it because I felt that I preferred round ends instead of pointed eagle wings. Well, just fix it if you find somethin' you don't like!

*When the layers of feathers look good, put both wings closer so you know they are in the same condition of details. Just trim them if you find anything wrong, don't be lazy! ^^

*Before making the detail lines, you may apply some nail polish remover. It makes the surface a bit harden and not too sticky. 

*Make the lines of feathers according to real feather, and try making them naturally, flat but sharp spoon tool, pointed tool work ok, twist the tools a little, make the lines uneven, otherwise they will look like broken banana leaves if you know what I mean...

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Alex Liao

Stay tuned, to be continued...

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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:
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Zanafia Featured By Owner May 25, 2016
Thank you for this tutorial :)
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner May 26, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome, hope it may help!
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zichonilpindi Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome!! You're very talented! Keep it up!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for your kind words!!! Huggle! 
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waterseasun3 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
great tutorial
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner May 14, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, so glad you like it!!
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Fwa-tair Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is AMAZING. I am just a baby at sculpting and you have inspired me incredibly!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, hope you find it useful. Please let me know if you have any questions.
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perseus999zeus Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
أنت رائع شكرا لك
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Engelchen19 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
Wow they look awesome *_*
I have very thin wings too that I need to bake. How long on which degree you baked yours?
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I usually bake the sculptures at 110~115 Celsius in less then 15 minutes if I need to put them in and out several times. You may bake it longer depend on your oven.  

Each oven may vary, some come with circular fan are even better. Also for thin or small parts, watch them carefully when baking. Each baking time, cover the baked area with 
aluminium foil. That should keep better color of clay without burning dark. Especially thin, small part or pointed areas.

Hope this may help!  Thanks!!
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FriesianKiss Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student General Artist
I have some questions:

When you bake the wing for the first time how long do you bake it and on what temperature? 

Do you have any tips on sculpting dragon wings?

After you bake the base do you have to bake the feathers in two stages or can you do all the feathers and then bake it?

Thank you :)
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist

I normally bake it "each time" at 230F (110C) for 15 minus, check and bake another 5~10 minus if necessary. But you need to cover small baked parts or thin areas with aluminum foil for the following baking. Only expose the soft clay when baking.

Dragon wings are mostly like huge bat wings. I would suggest find the best reference you like. Study the details. I may do the tutorial if I have the chance. It's hard to say the tips in a few words.

Yes, you can bake the whole wing in one piece, the question is where can you hold the sculpture to sculpt? And how do you place it in the oven without hurting the soft clay? The method is just a hint, you can make your own method if it works well. :) (Smile) 

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clevella Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
I've learned more from this tutorial than I have from the several books I bought on polymer clay sculpting.
Thank you so much for taking the time to instruct and enlighten, and share what you know. It is people like you that make the world a better place!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I really appreciate your kind words to my tutorials. Believe me, the methods I had shared that was something I felt I must do in years. I may bring up the story why I do it lately. I know how it feels searching in the dark like most of sculptors. I learned a lot from sharing also.
 
You may take a look my other tutorials and please give me your advise or comment if any.
Thanks a lot for visiting!
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clevella Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
I've learned more from this tutorial than I have from the several books I bought on polymer clay sculpting.
Thank you so much for taking the time to instruct and enlighten, and share what you know. It is people like you that make the world a better place!
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ask-waluigi-time Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Isn't it bad for the clay to bake it twice? Also, instead of clay softener, you can also use vaseline when working with soft clay, it's cheaper and makes the clay easy to work with.
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It's ok to bake the clay not only twice but more than 5 or 10 times if you need. "But turn the temperature down a few degrees and bake less minus".  Also cover or wrap the baked areas with aluminum foils(baking sheets) every time before you bake the new added clay!!! The clay would be ok.

Yes, you can use Vaseline.
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ask-waluigi-time Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, ok. Thanks :)

I always thought if I baked it twice, it would shatter and my effort would be a crumbled mess!! I use Super Sculpey Firm and it says on the box "Do not bake twice", but then again I've seen people bake their sculpture for an hour or more. 

I think I baked Fimo on a higher temperature than recommended once, and it melted XD
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You'll need to try and test a piece of clay instead of your finished artwork first.  The best way is baking it in lower temperature and add a bit way up. Each oven may vary, choose one with circulating fan and adjustable temperature would be better. Pointed and thin layer of clay dries and burns easily. So be super vision on them when baking.

If you have different thickness of clay in one piece, bake a little time first, turn off, let it cool done, and cover the thin areas with aluminum foils, bake it again would be better. 
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KirielSoleil Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love your tutorials. Thank you for posting them :) 
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha thanks a lot Bedth!! Huggle! 
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KirielSoleil Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:hug:
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jlyvers Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
A wonderful and detailed tutorial in sculpture!! Thank you for such a helpful instructional example!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You are welcome!! I'm so glad it may help!!! Love Huggle! 
Thanks for your kind words!
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Skyelark Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
I've been looking over your gallery for several days on and off because I'm trying one of my first fully armature figurines. I can say without a doubt your work is beautiful and your craft is magnificent. One of my big questions, though, is how do you get your clay to look so smooth? I could be smoothing and smoothing for hours but my own pieces always have very soft lumps or uneven patches that, because of details or delicateness can't just be sanded down or redone. Do you have any technique you could recommend?
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist

Thank you so much for spending time at my works! It's a frequent question that many friends here has been asked. You may refer to my tool tutorial at:
sculptor101.deviantart.com/art…  
No. 18, 19, 21 for details.

If it is possible, you may use wooden tools for better result. Round yet flat wood tools or square flat tools in different sizes would be better, the tools you may have seen often in my tutorials, and also smooth big area with your thumb or palm of thumb. Metal dental tools mostly good for details but would create more scraps. And scrapers work ok but not the best for Sculpey. They are good for the beginning of rough models. Perhaps I shall make another tutorial for smoothing clay... Since many people has asked the same question.

Please let me know if this helps. :) (Smile) 

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Skyelark Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
That does quite a lot and it makes me very glad I recently made the purchase of some silicone, plastic, and wooden detailing tools. Most of my tools are metal and therefore I think the metal and the clay are creating small rips in my pieces which...works against me quite a bit and just makes the process take a million times longer. I also followed your suggestion of using a little clay softener in another part of your works to gently paint out some of my trouble spots. It actually worked pretty well so far. I'm just going to have to remember a lot of this for my next project since this one is on a bit of a deadline -@; I have a friend that's a pro at computers and we're doing a bit of a labor trade. Me making his girlfriend a belated figurine for him building my new PC and transferring the old hard-drive data over.
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist

Sound like a fair trade since most of traditional artists are not going well with computer.

I actually made my own wood tools from cutting branch of boxwood as you have seen in my tutorials. The wood tools have been with my more than twenty some years. It's important to get to know your tools well. They will become your fingers if you know every spots of them and their capability. Have fun with your deadline project... I know pretty much what the frustration of deadline is... hahaha... 

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Skyelark Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Hehe, yeah, it does get pretty exasperating! But my client's a pretty nice guy and a good friend.

Well this morning it decided to take a break for me. I swear I feel drunk when I work in the morning, lol. First when I was baking the armature I must not have had it deep enough or the feet just had a disagreement with the base because it slid off the side of the base and my neck-cap got melted to the cookie-sheet it was on and then I had to snap it off to save the rest of my piece aaand give that a second go. But while trying to gently cut the problem spots off I sliced my thumb open with an exacto knife and the piece went flying under my desk. Which...I suppose there's some small art guardian angel because nothing was too badly damaged despite the troubles getting started. 

As for me being a traditional artist? I have very little training actually :iconotlplz:. My original college degree was for Graphic Design, Digital Illustration, and a small portion of Web design. Funny thing is my passions bounce around and the ones I've just stuck to the hardest was sculpting miniature pieces, scenes, characters, jewelry, and ornaments and beyond that it's mostly creative writing. Everything else I try to study don't have much of a passion for, for extended periods of time and I haven't really studied it with my hands enough to get much work with what I actually went to school for. 

As for making my own wooden sculpting tools how would I go about this? I know of some sites like ebay, amazon, and OOAK artist imporium who sell some beautiful looking hand-made acacia wood tools that have been polished and varnished. I do hate shopping for this sort of stuff online personally but I've little other option with the mainstream stores around us and I have a tendency to accidentally slice my fingers open when using anything sharp and I need those! ^^;
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Mindslave24-7 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:icondroolplz: Ooooo-ooooo!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Love 
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Mindslave24-7 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
your stuff always shows me where I made my mistakes and how to fix them in the future... :slamhead: revamped 
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It's good or bad? CURSE YOU! 

We all learned from mistakes and made it better. Before you saw this tutorial, I had already tried many other ways already. This is a easy way to start with I guess. ^^
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Mindslave24-7 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it also gives me ideas to "swipe " from you..."ah! what if I did something like that instead...:iconthinkplz: hmmm..."
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lemgras330 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! This is fab... for when I go back to polymer clay people :dance:
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You are welcome!! So glad you like it!! Huggle! 
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SilverTop Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful... your tutorials are always very informative and easy to follow.  Thank you for making them! 
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks my dear! I figured most of friends here liked the tutorials more the artworks. ^^ It probably a bit more related to their curiosity.
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SilverTop Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the artworks and the tutorials equally... the artworks because they're amazing, and the tutorials because it's fascinating to see how they're created. Love 
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Huggle! 
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blinksda92 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Said it before and i'll say it again: you have some of the most useful tutorials on sculpting i've ever seen. Awesome one, once again!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey Alex, what you were saying really meant so much to me. Prepared these tutorials did take a lot of time to. This wings tutorial is still in progress. I'll get it done and move on next. Thanks a lot bud! ^^
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blinksda92 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Always a pleasure scrolling through your tutorials! I learned a lot of useful stuff from them! Makes me want to get back into sculpting. Maybe i will before summer ends. Thanks for doing this for us! I, for one, appreciate it!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It's great if it's easy to understand and follow. There are more that I'm making in the progress, that should be good enough to finish a whole figurine. Feel free to play with clay, you'll never know if you are a natural born sculptor! ^^
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blinksda92 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Well i must say that i did try my hand at sculpting before. I have a few sculptures in my dA gallery if you care to check them out. They're about a year old. I kind of quit sculpting... Erick Sosa said traditional sculpting is losing more and more ground to digital sculpting... and i figured that investing the time and effort into becoming a pro just to end up not being able to find a job is not very productive.
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I believe things go around, come around. I make 3D models also and do coming out with ABS injection products form my models. I understand most of things are digitized so far. And less and less people making traditional sculpting.

But hand made stuffs are one of the choice perhaps as hobbies. Painting, drawing, watercolors, sketching, sculpting etc. also can't be replaced. You are right! finding jobs are important and priority to make living. Otherwise these hobbies won't go on for long. 
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blinksda92 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Yes, i totally agree. I'll get back into sculpting soon enough. But it's rather expensive as a hobby for a jobless student like myself... But i will get back to it. I enjoy it too much to just let it slip. 
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Now believe me, there is a classmate of mine. She was major in 3D motion picture, she got her job and got to work on movie Life of PI, because she has the major in sculpting which is not many people could do. There are so many people can do 3D modeling, so keep your ability of sculpting.  You'll find it makes you different from others! 
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Sfiziboom Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wowwwww Amazing!!!!La la la la :squee: 
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