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:. Sculpting Process .: by XPantherArtX :. Sculpting Process .: by XPantherArtX
Finalllly! Took me forever! X) My very first 'tutorial'. It's the process I go through with every sculpture, along with some tips. Hope it's not too confusing or anything! Let me know what you think! :w00t:

Here's the final piece:
:.Lady - angles.: by XPantherArtX

And my other tutorials:

:.Sculpting tools - Tutorial.: by XPantherArtX :.Sculpting tips - Whiskers.: by XPantherArtX

** EDIT: I updated my tutorial a little, it's more up to date with how I work now. ^^

** EDIT2: For the paint, I switched back to ceramcoat paints! I like them better now ^^; But still, you can try both liquitex and ceramcoat and see which one YOU like best! ^^
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:iconimansoft:
imansoft Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
wow, nice artwork!

thank you! 
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you :3 And you're welcome ^^
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MontyTH Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015   General Artist
Is that tape is really nesessary? And why do you need to bake the eyes firstly?
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think it's necessary because the aluminum foil won't stop coming off otherwise. You need to put something around it so it stays put while you sculpt. Maybe thinner wire wrapped around the foil would do the job too. I don't need to bake the eyes first but I found that it's much easier to work on the face this way :D
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:iconmontyth:
MontyTH Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015   General Artist
Oh, thank you very much! :aww:
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! ^^
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tipptopp Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015
Perfect tutorial! Thank you!
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :)
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IamStanfan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i have one problem, when i try to make armature, i dont know how to put legs and body together.?And then the legs are always moving!;-;Can u help me?
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You just have to reinforce the wires with thinner wires and masking tape. Aluminum foil helps too. You can also use a small amount of clay to cover the legs area and bake this! Then it'll be hard and the legs won't move anymore. ^^
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IamStanfan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ohh thank you so much!:)
i really like youre sculptures!I always make legs so fat, but youre are so thin and nice sculpted!
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much :aww: It takes practice, they're not easy to make :D
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IamStanfan Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah i know!But i dont know where to buy wire in my country?
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Usually you can find these in any hardware store!
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:iconiamstanfan:
IamStanfan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
hmm, i need to chect where in my country is hardware store!
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dmendes3 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
love!  thanks for sharing your knowledge.  didn't know you could use wire/tape? frame.  can you use that in a kiln too?  it wont cause the clay to explode?  does any of it burn away?  (obviously Im new to all of this and teaching myself :) )
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi there! :D You're welcome ahah glad I can help! ^^ Yes the tape and wires do just fine in the regular oven! The temperature isn't high enough to burn or melt anything. The wires and aluminum foil actually help cure your polymer clay better since it heats up and cures it from the inside. I couldn't tell you about a kiln though, because I never used any ^^'
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Malisho Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh! And, tutorial for noses and paws specifically maybe? :) Love your stuff :)
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad you like my work! Maybe I'll so some more tutorials one day..! In the meantime, here's some good ones I found already on DA about paws:

www.deviantart.com/art/Canine-…

www.deviantart.com/art/How-to-…
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Malisho Featured By Owner Edited Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One more question.. do you ever bake certain parts of your sculpture and add on after? Like do the head bake, body, bake etc? If you do, how do you go about blending the clay with the baked parts so there are no obvious joining marks? And what kind of paint do you use and any certain techniques you use for painting, I attempted painting one of my sculptures today with regular acrylic paint, didn't go so well, it's super obvious. :P Sorry for picking your brain :)
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes I do that sometimes! But only bake for 10-15 min at a time when you plan on putting new clay on baked clay. Otherwise it won't stick to it at all! X( smudge the new clay as much as you can and sand it after baking. You shouldn't have any problems with join marks if you do that :) 

I use craft paints on my sculptures, the 'ceramcoat' brand. The normal acrylics that comes in tubes are for canvas work and are too thick for sculptures. It ends up sticky and peals off really easily.

no problem at all! Glad I can help :D
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:iconmalisho:
Malisho Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wait.. what are the eyeballs made of? Also where do you get your tools?
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
They are pre baked sculpey balls. The shaper tools come from my local art store (usually in the paintbrush section) and the loop tools are handmade with wires and guitar strings. ^^
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Malisho Featured By Owner Edited Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So you pre make the balls yourself and then bake them? And then add them to the sculpture later? 
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes! :) it's much easier to work on the eyes like that!
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UnicornCat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW!!!!!
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:D
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phinoxscourge Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
  Bullet; Pink Thank you, for this; Wonderful tutorial. Bullet; Yellow 
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:iconxpantherartx:
XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! Glad I can help! :D
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Dekidour Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What did you use for the armature?
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I use aluminum or steel wires for my armatures (usually 14-16-22 gauge) and I wrap everything up with aluminum foil and masking tape. =)
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Dekidour Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You can use masking tape in armatures?

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Hell, if I would've known that, I would've waited to start my current project!
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes you can! :D It makes the armature sturdier! 
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Dekidour Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, that helps a whole lot!
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Vince-san13 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
do you have any tips on how to make the anatomy of a dog sculpture look right?
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Well the key to getting the anatomy right on any animal is using a lot of references! Look at a lot of photos, study the animal and the way they move. Also, when making your armature, it's good to make it according to a real dog skeleton, like this one: yasirkhalid.files.wordpress.co…

Print it out and using your wires, built the armature using this as a guide. ^^
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JackErickson Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Thank you for this tutorial!  It is a great primer for novices like me. 
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :D
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bjdsforever Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey I plan on sculpting miniatures about the size of my thumb, how would you go about it? How long do I bake it and at what temp?
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
For smaller figurines I bake them at 200-225˚F for 45min/1h. I always bake my pieces at a lower temp but for a longer period of time.
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bjdsforever Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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Th3DamnedNinja Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome tutorial! youre a great artist i wanna start making my own sculptures and its great to have some reference!! :D thank you!!!
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aaaw thank you! =) Glad I can help! If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask! :D
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Th3DamnedNinja Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot!!! Hug 
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Tammysoul Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you ,Thank you, Thank you!!!! Awesome tut with lots of tips I've learned sooooo much :)
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank youuu! So glad I could help! :w00t:
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MissNioniel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for providing this tutorial. Very helpful, gorgeous photos , and greatly appreciated overall!
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! I'm very glad you found it helpful! :) And you're welcome! :blowkiss:
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ladonnamoore Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Will you do a tutorial on making the armature for a dog?  That would be nice.
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just answered you on Facebook! :giggle:
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