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Topic: I want to make some lightweight sculpted plug earrings and I need help!  (Read 952 times)
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« on: November 06, 2012 12:25:22 PM »


I am new to the community and thought some of you may be able to help me out.

I am wanting to make a set of ear plugs (earrings) that are in the shape of an alien chest burster. Example: http://tinyurl.com/d2soypg

I know what sort of design I want, but I have no idea how to fabricate such a thing. I would assume that it would need to be made with a very lightweight, sculpt-able material, but I have no idea what I could use.

This idea may be un-doable, but I thought I would ask around and see what others might come up with.

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2012 06:02:25 PM »

Doubt it is undoable - try over at the polymer clay board.  Looking at your reference, I am thinking you could probably do it out of a bakeable polymer clay - shape, bake, shape more if needed, paint, and varnish.  Or make it out of an air dry two part resin like Apoxie Sculpt - it can be shaped, allowed to dry.  When dry, it could be sanded drilled, etc, and then painted and varnished.  For the fine detailing, you may need some pretty precise tools, like mini picks and files.  Both materials would be quite lightweight by themselves.

« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2012 06:23:01 PM »

i second onyxnox--

polymer clay like fimo or sculpey is probably the best way to go in terms of a lightweight material.  they make great flesh-toned clays and lots of other great colors. 

if you don't have a lot of experience with sculpting, it could be pretty difficult trying to make something so small as an earplug.  however it's not impossible, especially if you are willing to go for the "chestburster effect" rather than trying to render the chestburster as you see it in the pic you posted.

i'm no sculptor, so i can't give you experienced tips, but as someone who loves trying to make new things (and often failing miserably, but hey, i learn a lot!), here is what i would do:  start out by creating the general shape of the thing, but a little bit bigger and fatter than i'd want the end product to be.  then i would start removing bits here and there, trying to produce something with more definite lines like what i am going for.  it's a lot easier to remove than to put back what i removed, so i would go slow and just remove tiny little bits.  once i got the flesh-colored bits the way i wanted them, i would start adding the little bits of colored material (red! and some black/brown) until i had achieved the effect i was going for.

or, i would buy a pizza for one of my sculptor friends and get them to make it.  :-)

if you do have a go at it, i hope you will post a picture of the result!  good luck

« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2012 09:07:51 AM »

Sorry for the late reply.

Thanks so much for the help. I will look into some of those materials.

I have some limited sculpting experience with clay but nothing as small as this.
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