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Topic: My Little 'Zilla - My Little Pony custom  (Read 3729 times)
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« on: January 18, 2013 06:55:05 PM »

I made this a while back for a custom toy show. It is from a white blank My Little Pony. I pulled the mane and tail and used a wire support for the tail. I sculpted directly on the pony using sculpey. A common technique to "baking" the clay on the figures is to boil the entire pony to harden the clay. This worked well. After some light sanding to blend any seems, I airbrushed the base green and did the details by hand. I used acrylic paint.



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During the sculpt process.


In case anyone's interested I included the links to two of my past custom toy projects.

Another Custom My Little Pony
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=319222.msg3677424#msg3677424

Custom Hello Kitty
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=406467.msg4790920#msg4790920

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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2013 08:27:33 PM »

This is beautiful!  You did a fantastic job with it, and thanks for the tip on boiling!
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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2013 09:16:27 PM »

Whoa! It looks awesome! I've never heard of boiling to harden clay but it makes sense. Great tip!
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2013 10:20:16 PM »

Wonderful!
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2013 10:38:19 PM »

This boiling thing opens up Entire New Vistas for my plans for altered fashion dolls. Thanks!
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2013 10:54:00 PM »

Lovely little dragon. I particularly like the lifelike eye. And can I too add my  thanks for the tip on boiling.
One question - do you actually chuck it in the boiling water or do you put it in a bag or steam it?
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2013 11:34:23 PM »

One question - do you actually chuck it in the boiling water or do you put it in a bag or steam it?

I use tongs to submerge the entire object straight into rapid boiling water. Time varies depending on thickness. I generally use Super Sculpey, but I have cured Primo and and Regular Sculpey as well using the boiling technique.

Here is a general tutorial on how to do them on a custom vinyl toy (Munny)
http://becircle.com/modifying_your_munny_sculpey_modeling_clay

If you google "boiling sculpey tutorial" you should be able to read up on this more.

Everyone does it a bit different depending what type of plastic you are sculpting on to, so there is some trial and error to it.



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« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2013 02:25:21 AM »

Thank you for the info and the link
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« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2013 02:30:51 AM »

That is AWESOME!
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« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2013 02:21:33 PM »

Awesome, and thanks for sharing, but do you bake it too? I went to the link they said 'let it cure'.
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« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2013 04:43:03 PM »

Awesome, and thanks for sharing, but do you bake it too? I went to the link they said 'let it cure'.


Boiling is an alternative to baking. The tutorial is worded kind of funny, the comments posted in the tutorial clarify that boiling is an alternative to baking. I also want to mention that in theory, boiling water is not a high enough temperature to "fully cure" the clay. However it does harden the clay enough to sand and is hard to the touch.

Hope this helps.
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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2013 05:28:16 PM »

Yes, it does the_trademarks, I have been playing with the sculpy and I keep burning it. I think this method will work for my purposes.

Nothing as fancy as your pony, which is fabulous, but for some smaller items I'm trying to make. Thank you again.
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« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2013 07:55:46 PM »

I love it!!
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« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2013 05:57:12 PM »

What a cool project, and thanks for the tips on the boiling sculpy technique!
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« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2013 11:19:36 AM »

I love this and the boiling idea. You did a fabulous job!
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« Reply #16 on: January 25, 2013 05:55:59 AM »

Wow!!! This is sooo cool!! Awesome job.
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« Reply #17 on: January 25, 2013 12:04:06 PM »

This is so cool - I love it!  Totally rocked, well done.
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