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Making a figurine hand tutorial part I by sculptor101 Making a figurine hand tutorial part I by sculptor101
Update:1/16/2016

I remembered I posted this tutorial about 2 years ago when started making tutorials. The first intention was just simply hoping to share some methods. Also another way making friends here. 
So far this article had reached 54,334 views, and I saw it has been shared somewhere that I wasn't expected in many countries. So I knew I should share more methods and tutorials from now on. Hope I can help more people who like to try sculpting, or stuck at the cross road which may need a little hints.  

Anyway, thanks for your support, and please do let me know if this tutorial really helped! So I have a reason keep on doing, thanks!


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It took me a while to make this simple tutorial of how to make figurine hand. Wish I have an extra hand to take pictures... It is pretty much self explain of step by step in the picture comparison. Although it looks simple but you do need the proportional conception of human's hand and fingers in mind. And also compare with the character that you are making. Make a good calculation for the size, think it over through, get it right at once. 

Please note the nail should better be made from the beginning of each finger. You might not get a good position to sculpt the nails when putting fingers together. Only if you are making large size hands.
The picture shown with a shape knife meant when you going to bend the fingers. Make a shape cut but don't cut it off! Pull it up a little, bend it and fix a bit for the gaps after you bend it. 

I make it in small scale so you may use the same skill to make larger hands. Hope this may help you a little. Please advise if you have any suggestion or question. Thank you for watching my friends! Enjoy!!


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:iconbethminiworld:
BethMiniWorld Featured By Owner May 26, 2017  Student General Artist
Great tutorial Alex! Hands are perfect, like everything. You're a great artist!
Many thanks for this  GIF Steven Universe - Pearlfect! 
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!!! Hug 
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Michaelsmonsters68 Featured By Owner May 4, 2017
Used this on my last project took longer than my previous way but it was worth it. I am truly glad you posted this.
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
This method dose take longer and a bit of sculpting skill compares to cutting and fixing fingers for figurine. But the fingers are nimbly sculpted in position. Anyway, it's a method that you can use and turn into your own way. Also there are different ways to sculpt in some scales of figurines.  I saw you are using monster clay, that's even easier to be formed, but probably hard to smooth the surface.

Thanks for your message!!
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Michaelsmonsters68 Featured By Owner May 4, 2017
It has been a great help thank you for posting it. I smooth it with mineral spirits.
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner May 4, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Great!

You may also use lacquer thinner (or so-called banana oil, isoamyl acetate), when almost finished, or in big area. Not sure if it can be double use with mineral spirits. Basically oil base like engine oil is ok too (not to much, it would dissolve a lot but smoothing out). But after brush these, it may lose a bit of details and sometime hard to add more clay. Just for your reference. You may try on small piece of clay first if you like.
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HeartlessInu Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this, you're such a lifesaver!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome! It's a simple method but does need a little practice! Heart Heart Heart 
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DeathShadow945 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2016
You are godly
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
:) (Smile) 
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chavadubis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Incredible tutorial, i try to do.
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! And sure, you've got to try it!
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GeekyChick3000 Featured By Owner May 24, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I used your tutorial to make my first hand ever. I made it a man's hand because I wanted to do the LLAP hand sign. :) Thanks for sharing your talents with us. I love to learn new things and this was fun. Can't wait to make more. :) :happybounce: 
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Great to hear that! The method looks easy but need to spend some time practicing. So glad you had tried it! Haha...!

You're message keeps me going on for more tutorials, thank you!
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Vaci-Creaciones Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016
Perfect!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!!!
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fanservice101 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016
this is so cool but at the same time i find it rather unsettling lol
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! And unsettling? :) (Smile) 
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DragonLadyhere Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016
I have been looking at hand tutorials for myself, and yours is probably the best one I've seen. Is there no need for an armature at this small size? I always worry about the fingers snapping off, but I can't imagine trying to sculpt over a tiny armature, but I made one anyway.
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
The tutorial is for small scale of hands, you can add armatures to it if the clay model is bigger, otherwise you might not find a suitable wire size. When you have the armature for fingers, the shape has to be right in position and proportion first, they are not easy to adjust. Thanks for visiting my pages!
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DragonLadyhere Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
Thank you. I was just curious about armatures in small hands. I don't think I'm going to try one with a tiny armature in it, lol. You're right, they'd be awful to try and adjust.
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome, I believe even you might find tiny wires, still not strong enough and probably costs more problems... ^^
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DragonLadyhere Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016
Thanks so much, I thought as much, but so many others complain of easy breakage. I want to avoid all that, but like you say, a thin wire armature isn't going to do much.
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orselis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2016   Traditional Artist
I watched the video several times. It's simply great and helps a lot. Thanks for sharing!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
Your are welcome! It's a long time video in actual time recording, thanks so much for your time viewing! I'm so glad it may help!!!
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orselis Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016   Traditional Artist
Even if it's long I watched with pleasure. It actually gave me a kick to try this method but I worked with Cernit and it's way too soft when warm in hands. When I used Living Doll it was smuch better. Need to try the mix of these two, with less Cernit only to add strength. Living Doll is still my all time fave even though I recently turn more to stone clay (health issues).
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
There are many different material, type of clay that I have used, oil base, water base, new clay etc. I make prototypes for mass production, there are issues of molding and final material of product to be considered. Any clay is good if we use in a proper way. Thanks for your information! As long as we are in love with sculpting, anything is good to try. Heart 
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orselis Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016   Traditional Artist
I only started seriously with clays in August 2014 but I'm already hooked :XD:
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
That's great!!! Keep on trying!
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Foreststarzz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016
Thank you! this helps soo much! You are a great inspiration Heart 
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
You are welcome! It's a post two years ago, and start from a simple thought. But as far as I can see, it was a seed... ^_^
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hadasaugh-sculpt Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Professional General Artist
This was very helpful for me to learn how to make hands after studying numerous pictures and angles of actual hands.  Your tutorial made it all come together for me.
Thanks!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
I spent not much time making this tutorial, making hands for me was like an instinct, I didn't remember when did I start the way of making hands. Probably around 20 years ago. So I even wondered how it could possibly surprise anyone...

Anyway, I had been communicated with myself for too long maybe.
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Loofen Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015
wow! Do you think this is the way GOD did it too?
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
He is the best sculptor and creator! I'm nothing to compare it with him. ^^
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xandraclay Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This looks very helpful! Thank you for making it Hug 
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You are welcome!  Thanks for your support!! Huggle! 
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Julissa1970 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015
love it!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Heart Heart Heart  Appreciate that!!
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SkeeNLangly Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015   Digital Artist
cool!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!!
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AnastasiyaKosenko Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow! Amazing! Thank you so very much!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
You are welcome!! Hope this may help! 
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AnastasiyaKosenko Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes! :hug:
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jobeart Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2015  Professional General Artist
Fantastic! Thank you!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! There is another video tutorial on Youtube for making figurine hand if you are interested. 

Making figurine hand Video tutorial
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imansoft Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
wow... nice!
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!!
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scubidubi Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you prevent the clay from being all soft and smooshed in your fingers?
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sculptor101 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
This is gonna be tough to describe, you are holding the clay without actually holding it hard, softly holding it and work fast, so it would not melt in you hand... 
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