ok to be honest, I would most likely start with a scaled fabric base (there's all kinds of cool shit at fabricland lol) and then from there fashion my own larger scales for prominent areas like ridges and eyebrow scales etc from colored sculpey and glue them on one by one.
I get mine at lowes/home depot/ renovation depot, any construction store in the section with cables and chains and wires etc. I'ts steel construction wire, comes in multiple guages (thickness) and it's very durable. You can also buy armeture wire from craft shops etc, which is specifically made for dolls and is also rust-proof if you are using water-based clay to sculpt with.
Awesome, glad it helps! I don't have any patterns, I work mostly by eye. But you could probably find a pattern online for a stuffed animal tiger or something, and build the posable wire form according to the measurements of the pattern.
Omg Thank you so much for this!! Iv been wanting to make one of these but i had no idea about how to go about it! im more of a visual learner so if i cant see something being done i have a hard time understanding -_- but this is amazing You are awesome!
Well I really do appreciate it! <3 If you dont mind me asking where do you find your fur? im looking around for something online i have a couple of craft stores around here but they are VERY limited in the fur department =/
craft stores are not where you wanna go. I get all my fur at fabric and textile shops. I get some of my fur at Fabricville (I think it goes under the name Fabricland in the USA if that's where your from) Or any other textile store. Check out speciality fabric stores, for example here in Montreal there is a street down-town that is mainly visited by seamstresses etc. and they have many stores that have a selection 4 or 5 times bigger than Fabricville in the faux fur department in every color imaginable. Sometimes they are hard to find online, and you have to trawl message boards for your city or talk to some people who do seamstress work. I had to walk all over the place before I found my favorite place But it's really nice because I can go in and see and touch the fur, see how thick it is, how it looks in the light etc.
If you are stumped at finding a place in your city, there are some great online stores with shipping and lots of selection, only drawback is you can't really tell how the quality of it will be until you get it in the mail. I haven't ordered online as of yet, but if you decide to go online, make sure to check some reviews of the site first and you should be good
Yeah im from the US plus i live in Kentucky sooo in terms of fabric stores im in the wrong place but i do know a seamstresse so I will make sure to ask her and look around to see if there is a store nearby even if its not in my town ... but thanks so much i really do appreciate your help!
EXACTLY!!! i mean it's great if that's what works for you <.< but gosh the price and maintenance!!! whatever i can't get with piecing different colour furs next to each other gets acrylic sprayed/ brushed and it works just fine for me O.o i just can't imagine airbrushing being all that much better!
Thank you so much for sharing this! I'm not much of a sculpter, but I love trying out different things and it is tutorials like this that keep me from ever being bored! Your work is amazing and I sincerely hope one day I can afford one of your adorable creatures
Fursuiters build mostly out of upholstery foam, since it can be cut and glued without any compromise to it's properties. It may not be as cheap as that quilting material you used, but you have more control over the shape. Even the heads are built out of upholstery foam, and the eyes, mouth, ears, and nose are just built separately and installed.
I was surprised adding the fur is different too. Since all of your crafts are unique, you should seriously consider this one: The entire form is covered in masking tape, labeled, and cut out as darts. Then you take the tape you cut out and lay it over the fur (making sure you're cutting it out in the right direction) and then cut out the fur. It works every time, no matter the form.
That's all I can think of right now, but you should consider looking into the comunity. It may help you more than you think.
I find epoxy much more durable than sculpey. I would feel comfortable having my sculptures drop on the floor and not worry about them breaking. I have to say it's harder to work with, but for really solid base sculpts is great. I tend to work in layers, making the base, let it dry, put on some more details, let those dry, etc.
sounds cool! thank you for the reply. i might try it out. since you dont have to bake it, i think i could use a plastic foam ball type base to work off of instead on tin foil. im not sure how others do it, but to make a head, i have to ball up a big ball of foil to mold my face on to. im that case it might be possible to sculpt the foam with a dremmel or something. the thing im worried about is how workable the epoxy is, im kind of spoiled with the sculpy firm. the ultimate concern though is having the most durable clay, so that in itself is enough reason to try it
Yeah, I use carved foam for many of my heads cuz no baking lol. Yeah, sculpey is easier for detailing tbh. You should read this article called the ten commandments of epoxy, google it it's very helpful
I read this tutorial and it is super helpful and wonderful! Thanks for posting this Just one question though, what brand of epoxy clay do you use for your dolls? I have just been using sculpey this whole time, but it can be fragile if handled roughly, so I wanted to look into the epoxy clay you use and experiment with that instead.