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« on: May 14, 2009 02:47:54 PM »

Made for the Discworld Swap (a long time ago now, I'm so bad at posting). This is my version of the Death of Rats from Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel made for Ruby Copperhead who took all these pictures for me. I was really pleased with how the skull and the cloak came out but less pleased with the scythe, is there anyway of making very small pieces like that more sturdy without making it thicker?

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Thanks for the great pictures Ruby!
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2009 02:54:10 PM »

SQUEAK.  love this. a lot.
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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2009 06:51:32 PM »

it's sooo tiny! 
I lurves it.

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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2009 06:36:51 AM »

Yay for Discworld! This is awesome.

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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2009 09:32:44 AM »


less pleased with the scythe, is there anyway of making very small pieces like that more sturdy without making it thicker?

Yes, basically you'd want to use a stiff armature under the clay, and/or you add one or more coats of liquid polymer clay or polyurethane (water-based), etc, once baked.

"Sturdy" can also have more than one meaning re polymer clay too, so just to make an item less brittle (breakable) you can use a "stronger" brand/line of polymer clay if you're currently using original Sculpey, SuperSculpey (flesh), or Sculpey III for items which have thin areas... the other brands/lines will simply bend if stressed, where those 3 would break. 
If by sturdy you mean rigid though, you'll probably just want to use a stiff armature underneath the clay.

Long, thin armatures would be items like toothpicks, short metal rods or thick wire (perhaps 2 wires twisted together, etc.), but could be anything rigid that's bakable at our low temps and that doesn't contain petroleum-based solvents.
Other shapes for armatures can be things like tightly-wadded aluminum foil; wood of all types, metal, glass/ceramic shapes (woods must sometimes be painted or coated with white glue or water-based sealer first though or the clay won't stick well to large areas), fine wire mesh that's been shaped perhaps, etc.... and some plastics will even work, particularly if they're inside the clay.  Even a DIY tube of paper would work as long as it had enough revolutions to make it rigid.  And actually for rigidity, the 3 clays above would also work (iow, a rod of Sculpey) even though it would be brittle... when covered with a stronger clay, the final result would also be strong.

Some of the other parts of that sculpt would be susceptible to breakage too since they're thin if using those 3 clays.  If the sculpt never receives much stress they'd be fine, but if not, you'd probably want to use additional measures for strengthening them.

There's more on using armatures and on making miniature items on these pages at my site, if you're interested.
For making hands, feet, tails, etc, in particular, check out this page too:

Diane B.
« Last Edit: May 15, 2009 09:41:03 AM by Diane B. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

few of my photos
(had to move them from YahooPhotos, so many now without captions)
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2015 08:54:38 AM »

Fantastic work.

I found your creation while looking for a good representation of the Death Of Rats after hearing about Sir Terry's death today Sad

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« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2015 02:34:37 PM »

Squeak! Squeak Sad

Wonderful piece for a wonderful story-teller. I was so sad to hear about his death Sad

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