I'm a beginner at polymer clay sculpting, what are some of your tips?

Hello, so I'm sort of an artist and I've been seeing a lot of people making sculpture adaptations of their characters. I'm really interested, but I know almost nothing about sculpting except a couple yt videos I watch. I'm still gathering infos before spending my money. Any tips you might have?

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  • 5 months ago

    There are loads of videos on YouTube for sculpting with polymer clay, from cute and/or simple figures to highly-realistic and highly-detailed figures. It would be good to know exactly which kind, size, etc, you're wanting to create, and whether you'd want to use colored polymer clays or just neutral ones then paint everything after curing/baking.

    There are definitely ways to do polymer clay more cheaply, even if making larger items btw. I list some of them in these old comments of mine at Craftster:

    https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=15...

    https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=17...

    And there are ways to buy polymer clay more cheaply, use permanent armatures inside the clay to use less clay, etc, etc.

    There are also loads of tips, as well as explanations, variations, etc, re sculpting/shaping with polymer clay (as well as tips for all the other things polymer clay can do besides sculpting) at my polymer clay "encyclopedia" site.

    Scroll all the way down its Table of Contents page to find pages and categories/etc relating to sculpture or relating to the basics of working with polymer clay, if interested:

    http://glassattic.com/polymer/contents.htm

    You might also want to start reading and/or asking questions, etc, in some of the polymer clay groups online. Here are a few I participate in these days:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1739228759642605 (largest)

    https://www.reddit.com/r/polymerclay

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Sculpey

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    Maybe make your own clay from flour and water to get a feel for modelling before taking the plunge. For a simple option, stir together flour, salt, and water to create a basic clay that will dry out fairly quickly. If you want a nice modeling clay, mix together cornstarch, salt, and water. For a softer, longer lasting clay, mix a little oil into flour, salt, and cream of tartar.

    • Diane B.
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      . . . some homemade air-dry clays are much better than others though, and purchased air-dry clays too--for example, La Doll Premier is a pretty good purchased air-dry clay.

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