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Topic: Cute Kodama and Kupo Moogle Sculptures/Figurines (Image Heavy)  (Read 5129 times)
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beautifulpirate
« on: August 07, 2009 06:59:39 AM »

I'm still fairly new at polymer clay but have been doing a lot of jewelry lately with miniatures made from clay. I decided to veer from my path for a little bit so that I could try my hand at little figurines. They aren't the best by any means but I am pretty proud of them. Each one measures only about 2 inches tall and will stand/sit with only slight support. As always, critiques, comments and suggestions are welcomed and encouraged.

Kodamas inspired by anime- Princess Monoke








And the Moogle inspired by- Final Fantasy Franchise










Thanks for looking. Please comment, critique, and give suggestions if you can.
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« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2009 10:02:56 AM »

I love the Kodama.  So glad to see them in crafts!
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« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2009 10:34:33 AM »

So good! I also love how clean your clay is. I do everything to keep myself and workspace clean but it never looks that white and pristine! Well done!
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« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2009 02:14:46 PM »

So good! I also love how clean your clay is. I do everything to keep myself and workspace clean but it never looks that white and pristine! Well done!
Thanks! I've been told that some white clays get more dingy than others while in the baking process. Try premo. Sculpey has the worst white and it fades a lot during the baking and curing process. As far as clean goes, I keep a big wad of white original sculpey (the cheap stuff) at my work space. I use it before I start a project and before changing to a different color of clay, especially if going from dark to light colors. Just use it like an eraser to rub away dust, dirt and tiny colored clay particles off of your surface and then squish it around in your hands to pick up everything off of them. Hope that helps! And thanks for your compliments!

I love the Kodama.  So glad to see them in crafts!
Thanks! I intend on doing several more in different shapes and sizes just like in the movie. lol, if I can get around to it, I may try more details and intricate figures from animes at a later time. Thanks for your compliments!
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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2009 07:41:40 PM »

Yay for tree spirits! That's awesome. I recognized they were from Princess Mononoke immediately. Nice job!
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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2009 03:51:35 AM »

I love Princess Mononoke, great to see these little guys in 3d. I reckon you need the legs a little longer though. Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2009 07:56:13 AM »

Very cute little guys!

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As always, critiques, comments and suggestions are welcomed and encouraged.. . . Each one measures only about 2 inches tall and will stand/sit with only slight support.

It's interesting that even when making small fat figures like this, the standing-once-baked part is sometimes problematic but it seems totally fine when raw. Huh  Of course, they're still a bit sticky on the bottom when raw and that helps keep them upright, but they still seem to change center-of-gravity or something when they bake! Tongue
Aside from just being careful when shaping (I tend to lean them a bit farther frontwards than I expect they'll need!), and baking so they can't lean when softened in the heat, you could also add a weight of some kind inside the bottom part of the sculpt (fishing weights, etc)... as a last resort, I've had to attach a sheet of clay (oval, etc.) wider than the figure is, under the feet as a stabilizing base (decorated a bit) to make a few of them not tumpy.

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I've been told that some white clays get more dingy than others while in the baking process. Try premo. . .

Most polymer clays unfortunately will darken and turn a bit brownish if heated more than a degree or two over their recommended temps (and worse for the regular Sculpeys) but that won't look quite the same as they grayish look they can get from oil on fingers, "dirt," etc. when dingy before.  Premo comes in a whiter white than some of the other brands/lines, but the brand that changes color the absolute least (regardless of color, and even at higher temps)  would be Kato Polyclay.  Otherwise, doing a completely "enclosed" baking process (in a box, in a pile of cornstarch, wrapped with cloth, etc) will usually control the temp that's able to get to any and all parts of a clay object in an oven....and partly enclosed baking methods can work some too (draping with damp paper towels, tenting with alum. foil or with a box lid on legs, etc.).

Kato will also get fewer fingerprints than Premo or FimoSoft or SculpeyIII or SS because it's stiffer, though you can also cool even soft clays and/or your finger tips while shaping to prevent them.  (If you haven't seen the section at my site on preventing or getting rid of fingerprints and interested, they're on this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm )

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