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Sculpey Tutorial by zonkey Sculpey Tutorial by zonkey
A quick tut of "Celestial Dragon", as I suggested in the full images. [link]

It was kinda thrown together but I think you can get an idea of what I was trying to say. ^^; I don't really do these tutorials, so bear with me. I thought I just share what I learned from this guy.
I have/do apply the armature techniques to my sculptures. I only once did the stick figure frame, that was Norse [link] , he was originally was out stretched as if leaping. As you see, he sagged considerably under his own weight... he also took 2 packs of Sculpey. A little more wire saved me 1-3/4 packs of Sculpey... just saying ;p

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KeySketch Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Do you bake the body first then the wings? I know the temp is 275 degrees and I have read from a different blog to bake the body to 15 mins but it never said anything about the wings do I wait till the body cools off and hardens then bake the wings?
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zonkey Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
In this case the wings are made of tissue paper/glue and Apoxie sculpt (chemical/air curing clay), so they didn't require baking. I don't really double bake my sculpts but from what I understand about Sculpey... It is best to let the body cool and harden first. Super Sculpey is the best for double baking rather than the original. Watch the clay while it bakes a second time to be sure it doesn't burn. A heat gun can be used to firm up sculpey before hand as well (this is found in hardware stores, and don't use a hair drier). 

These tutorial talks about double baking as well: mangakasan.deviantart.com/art/… scenceable.deviantart.com/art/…
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KeySketch Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks so much ^-^
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zonkey Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem, any time ^w^
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AguaRush11 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is amazing!! :D thank you!
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zonkey Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you and your welcome :)
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tjkyb Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
I'm a bit confused at the part where you said "Then a pin was use to push down the sides of the ball to make the scale 'pop'." - Is this something that I will understand after I've gone and tried to do this?
Another question- when you are adding those balls (scales) to the main structure do you need to use any adhesives? or can you just stick them onto the clay and they won't fall off?
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zonkey Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you look in the third picture you can see that I'm pushing the edges of the ball with the sides of the pin. If you were to just squash the ball with your finger and not use the pin you would not get the same depth and sharper features as you see there. You may understand better if you try it on a test piece of sculpey that you can squish and reuse later. I often use test pieces to get an idea of what I want and if it will work.

If you push down and slide the pin it "pinches" the sculpey with the lower layer of sculpey. This will only work if the lower layer of sculpey is unbaked. It will hold without adhesives, or to say, I have never had problems with scales falling off when doing this. It is like when you push down and slide with you fingers but on a smaller scale. I would not recommend this technique with regular kiln clay tho since that requires slipping and scoring to adhere properly.
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tjkyb Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
ok thanks a lot
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zonkey Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem :)
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Pabs23 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Nicely done tutorial, very helpful.
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zonkey Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you :)
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Free-Falling Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very nice~! When I saw this I thought it was an art doll or a posable doll, the sculpture is really nice too! I especially love the scales.
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zonkey Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks. I do use the same technique for my art dolls faces and hands, so weren't far off thinking that :aww:.
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DinoLover09 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't used clay in a long time, but I'm so condiering stop-motion animation.
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zonkey Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This technique works best with sculpey which is a low bake clay. Not very good for stop motion animation. I would suggest plasticine (aka plasticina,or plastilina), it is more suited for the demand of stop motion animation due to the fact that it is pliable, doesn't dry out and can hold shape for long periods of time.
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DinoLover09 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll have to look up some plasticine names.
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LureLight Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
i know its old but anny chance you could make the output bigger?
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zonkey Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, that's the size I made it, so unless I kill resolution...its kinda stuck.
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LureLight Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
ok thanks anny way!
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slight-obstruction Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've never used Sculpey before, but I have a pile of it somehow and Christmas is coming up.... So thank you for this tutorial, it has probably enabled me to make Sculpey presents!
So the wire and foil just aren't an issue when baking the sculpture? Even the tissue paper in the wings isn't?
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zonkey Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your Welcome.
Sculpey bakes at a "lower" temperature so foil and wire are not affected, but the tissue paper was added after baking. I used chemical hardening clay to finish off the wings (apoxie sculpt) around the tissue paper.
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slight-obstruction Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I see, thank you! That's a cool way to get wings that aren't super thick.
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zonkey Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome. Its one way of going about it anyway :)
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Polysoup Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011
Oh man, any time I check out your sculpy stuff it's inspirational. I have to be careful otherwise I'll start blaming you for getting me into modeling! :P
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zonkey Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
lol, we'll you are pretty awesome at the 3D computer modelling so I would love to see your hand at traditional modeling :lol:
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Polysoup Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011
there's no undo button in real life ;( Or worse . . .I can't save off an iteration and mess around with several ideas at once. 3d is my crutch.
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zonkey Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The undo button in real life moulding is squishing it :XD: If you knew how to work molds, it is possible to make many copies and try different thing with them. I don't know about crutch for computer 3D, it's more of a unique medium and different thought process.
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Polysoup Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
hehe I lol'd about the "undo button in real life"
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CrystalLynnblud Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Writer
I'm sure this tutorial is going to help MANY 3D artists.
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zonkey Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know about "many", but I hope it will help the few in the little circle that watches me.
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CrystalLynnblud Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Professional Writer
"Little circle" huh? I don't think so.
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zonkey Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What would call it then? :confused:
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CrystalLynnblud Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Writer
Not small... that's for sure.
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zonkey Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
not large either -.-
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CrystalLynnblud Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Writer
=__= Mmmmm...
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zonkey Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
;p
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AshleyMerrill Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Mraow. I guess it does pay to use more wire. I gotta agree on the tin foil though, ugh hate using it. Now if it weren't for the fact I left all my sculpy and wire down in TO for the summer, I'd be sculpting some more character designs >.<

Thanks for posting this hun :D You seriously weren't kidding about the tail part either!
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zonkey Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You'll be ready when you get back I guess :)

No kidding here. With my stubborn sculpt, the armature was so strong it lifted the front feet a little higher then I thought it would (but its hard to tell)
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LureLight Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I loves you....*goes off to sculped...maby* you must be selectivly OCD for all those scales, or did you kist do them in sertan places like the joints for effect?
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zonkey Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
GO SCULPT!!!! You have to finish your octopus!
No I did his entire body with scales (sometimes 2 in one place to make up some inconsistencies in height). I just did them in small spurts, a hour here are there...it was kind zen in a way. If I where to do it again tho, I would very up the scales a bit to make it more interesting.
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LureLight Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I did finis it lol. Your vew of zen in verry uneek love.
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zonkey Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I also find painting zen. Clear your mind and just go/do with no worries attached. :)
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