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« on: March 02, 2012 09:09:19 PM »

I just received a special commission to make this radioactive squirrel from The Simpsons. It's an awesome concept. I know there's some LED polymer artists that would understand this. I was thinking I'd craft the body and head separately then put a space for the LED light and leave the eyes open and maybe stick some translucent clay over the holes. Not sure. Also, any tips for sculpting this squirrel. I usually stick to more symmetrical shapes rather organic( except for flowers)


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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2012 07:27:46 AM »

Re sculpting the squirrel, do you want a more realistic look or a a simpler more graphical one?  That would make big difference in how you'd do the shaping, and the details. 
You might want to check out the links and info for sculpting animals on several of the pages at my site (below), then check out the ones that are sort of like squirrels, and info on creating the appearance of fur/etc, if you want. 

For a realistic squirrel sculpt, you might also want to check out Katherine Dewey's sculpt of a standing mouse (somewhat similar to a standing squirrel):
Here are more sculpted polymer clay squirrels, some with instructions (but generally they're the whimsical ones):

http://glassattic.com/polymer/heads_masks.htm > Heads
http://glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-temp.htm (dissolvable, removable support)
...there's more info on making hollow shapes, large and small, at the site too if you're interested
http://glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-perm.htm (permanent support, etc.)
http://glassattic.com/polymer/kids_beginners.htm > Sculpting >>Animals >>Characters

As for the LED lights, you might want to check out this page if you just want "light shining through":
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/covering.htm > Glass

But if you want projecting light as in the pic, or just want to talk about "LEDs and polymer clay" in particular, James Lehman is pretty much an expert in LED's and also does polymer clay.  He's a nice guy and would probably give you some pointers if you describe to him exactly what you want to do:
http://www.akrobiz.com/led/concept.html (LED stuff... click on more in lefthand bar)
http://www.akrobiz.com/polymer_clay/gallery_index.html (polymer clay gallery)
.....And/or there are people in this category at Craftster who've done things with LED's in some kinds of ways before too.  You can find their posts and names by putting the word LED in the search box at top right of page, then selecting Current Category from the drop down menu.

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« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2012 05:29:35 PM »

Thanks for all that Diane! I'm actually going for more a graphic look like the popular vinyl toys. Maybe with painted on details.

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