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Every time I see that someone has used modelling putty in conversions I see that the putty always looks really smooth and well moulded.
Yet whenever I try sculpting the putty tends to go really crumbly, really hard to work with and i can't get it to stick to the model. I always dip my finger and sculpting tools into a pot of water before touching the putty to avoid it sticking.
Is there something that I might be doing wrong? Can anyone offer me any useful tips to get a nice smooth finish and sharp edges when sculpting?
I dont know what you are doing to make it not stick to the model tbh - what putty are you using exactly? I suggest you ensure you are mixing the putty in the correct ratio - 50/50 or 60/40 either way and make sure it is thoroughly mixed and one colour. Also make sure the model is clean - wash in soapy water and dry off to get rid of the mould release. ALso, how old is the putty? If it was left open for several years it may be best to throw it away and get new.
To get smooth finish and sharp edges is just practice. You will benefit from aquiring tools like Clayshapers (also called colour shapers) these are silicone brushes in various sizes and hardness. The rubber point is perfect for smoothing putty. You can also lubricate with a very small blob of vaseline when the details are completed and use the clayshapers to give it a final polish to get the shiny look.
I tend to use green stuff and the yellow-grey milliput, I've only just bought the milliput but the green stuff I've had for a couple of months and I keep it in air tight bags. I always try and mix it as close to 50/50 as I can.
I've already got myself a set of sculpting tools, never heard of clay shapers though, I'll have a look at acquiring some. Thanks for the input
Yeah i use milliputt and greenstuff together. Milliputt on its own can have a crumbly texture, adding the greenstuff should reduce this. you don't have to mix 50/50 but just make sure it is mixed properly, too little hardner and it wont fully cure properly.
[QUOTE=V3xx;1747767]So you mix GS and milliput with each other?[/QUOTE
Yes you get the qualities of both putties then - the elasticity of gs and the strength of milliputt. Mix it seperately first then combine the two and mix again into a 50/50 ratio. You can dry sculpt it perfectly - carve,drill,sand etc to a nice finish.
water runs in between the model and the putty. stick the GS to the model first and then use just a touch of Vaseline on your sculpting tools. Also, if you want the really smooth look, get yourself a set of size 0 clay shapers (aka color shapers). They come in different color tips, the darker the tip the harder the tip. If you're just starting out (less than 2 years exp) I would go with the grey or black tips.
Thanks for the words of wisdom guys, I appreciated it. Right I've just bought myself a set of black clay shapers, I'll give sculpting another go when they get here. For reference, I'm still using my sculpting tools to get the GS to how i want it to look then using the clay shapers to smooth it over?
Exactly! The clay shapers are like tiny little fingers. They have a smooth softness to them which will allow you to do things on GS that you only wish your enormous fingers could do.
That softness allows you to subtly change the shape of a lump of GS, so you can create smooth transitions between two areas. Hard tools still have their place, so don't go throwing them out, but the more you use each tool the more you'll find certain ones are more comfortable for you. Each artist prefers a certain shape of tool and it's important to find which one is right for you, which is why I didn't tell you to order just one kind of clay shaper.
Last edited by RexTalon; October 6th, 2010 at 00:50.