First off, new to the forum, glad to find it! There is alot of good stuff here!
Now, to my question. I'm trying to make a copy of one of my toy soldiers, a plastic army-man-type. I had the idea to use some clay, break it into two parts, and press it around the soldier, making a 2-part mold. Then, bake the clay to harden it, and once done, pour melted plastic into both part, wait for it to cool, and take them apart and glue the sides togethor.
However, as I've started working on this project, it's become obvioius to me that it's quite hard to make a 3-d model. I've read some of the articles about molding and making linked to on here. What type of clay should I use? Is there an easier way to make this 3d model? Is there a better substance than plastic to use?