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:D Hi i'm Valentina. I'm Nigerian. I enjoy drawing, sculpting and just crafting in general. This is basically where i post my creative process along with everything i find interesting. Thanks for visiting.

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Posts tagged sculpting

Mar 27
oh this is what became of the hands and feet in my previous post. Now i just need to fashion a body or some sort of character for them :D maybe and art doll? Don’t know yet.
LOL gosh the people upstairs are noisy. 

oh this is what became of the hands and feet in my previous post. Now i just need to fashion a body or some sort of character for them :D maybe and art doll? Don’t know yet.

LOL gosh the people upstairs are noisy. 


5:09am… … I should be asleep. lol i’m starting to feel like i should start every other entry with that statement. Anyway just spent the last hour and some change watching Frozen and sculpting those tiny hands and feet with the last little bit of old super sculpey i have left. Thinking about my problems and just burying myself in work to help me forget. :D I love sculpting these things its kinda like solving a puzzle. Working out the joints and such. I’ve conducted so many experiments that these days i don’t really even have to sketch anymore i just think about the type of joint i want, sculpt it and drill my channels knowing that YES THIS PART WILL WORK. The only issues is making  a working part that’s also aesthetically pleasing and casting perfect bits in resin… that’s the hard part. I’ll figure it out one day though.
I feel like i’m rambling… Anyways goodnight lol or rather, good morning.

5:09am… … I should be asleep. lol i’m starting to feel like i should start every other entry with that statement. Anyway just spent the last hour and some change watching Frozen and sculpting those tiny hands and feet with the last little bit of old super sculpey i have left. Thinking about my problems and just burying myself in work to help me forget. :D I love sculpting these things its kinda like solving a puzzle. Working out the joints and such. I’ve conducted so many experiments that these days i don’t really even have to sketch anymore i just think about the type of joint i want, sculpt it and drill my channels knowing that YES THIS PART WILL WORK. The only issues is making  a working part that’s also aesthetically pleasing and casting perfect bits in resin… that’s the hard part. I’ll figure it out one day though.

I feel like i’m rambling… Anyways goodnight lol or rather, good morning.


Nov 16

LOL spent more time playing with this and taking pictures than actually carving and sculpting anything. I think its coming along nicely though. Still needs a lot of work but i like where this is going.


Oct 23
So my beloved crappy little camera broke :( after  years of abuse lol. Now i have just my phone so sorry if this picture is a bit blurry.
Used my dremmel to create the eye sockets today :D and i must say i really like how they turned out not sure what eye sizes can fit in there though. Probably 6-8mm eyes. Still needs quite a bit of sanding and tweaking on the insides of the head cap but nothing broke off so i’m really happy. Not that i cant fix it if something did break off… its just a pain. I think from now on i’m just going to sculpt the eyes this way. In retrospect it isn’t really a short cut but i just like how clean the sockets looks this way. 

So my beloved crappy little camera broke :( after  years of abuse lol. Now i have just my phone so sorry if this picture is a bit blurry.

Used my dremmel to create the eye sockets today :D and i must say i really like how they turned out not sure what eye sizes can fit in there though. Probably 6-8mm eyes. Still needs quite a bit of sanding and tweaking on the insides of the head cap but nothing broke off so i’m really happy. Not that i cant fix it if something did break off… its just a pain. I think from now on i’m just going to sculpt the eyes this way. In retrospect it isn’t really a short cut but i just like how clean the sockets looks this way. 


Oct 22

Pushed some clay about for a bit and came up with this. The face doesn’t really look like the original drawing at all. I mean there is some resemblance but not really. In my drawing she looked a bit more mature but my sculpt seems SO childish somehow. Shes going to be about 16 inches i think. I really like 12 inch dolls but after giving it a lot of thought i decided i can probably get more details, in terms of outfits and such, with a slightly larger doll. lol i don’t even know how to sew or make wigs but i feel like if its slightly larger maybe the process or learning wont be as bad. Plus i hear its possible to shrink a mold so maybe i can do that for the smaller cast when i’m ready.

With this head sculpt i decided to do something new. I normally sculpt the eyes with a bead in there as a place holder of sorts which i then pop out. In the past doing this almost always messes up my eye sockets or cracked the bridge of the nose so this time i just sculpted the head with and eye wall of sorts and then cut that out. Later on i’ll use my dremmel too to gently make a socket. I hope this will reduce or cut back on what needs to be fixed later… … lol something always needs to get fixed. Actually using wooden balls to smooth out the inside of the sockets this time too… Here’s hoping this short-cut works.

I pretty much know what i want in terms of from the thighs up but i’m having issues with the knee joints. I can sculpt a single jointed knee no problem but i really like how pose-able double jointed knees are. LMAO I CANT SCULPT THOSE TO SAVE MY LIFE. I mean i get the concept in my head and if the doll was forever sitting with its legs tucked under then great i can do that but then that’s so boring. I want the doll to be able to stand and such but my double jointed knees almost always snap back to the bent position. :( i just haven’t figured it our yet.

On another note :D micro bjd’s are so cute!!!! I want to make one. I actually have an idea for one swimming around in my head :( but i don’t know if i can pull it off. I think i will post something for it in the next few days… … Maybe.


Aug 21
Now that i have copies and a working waste mold i’m trying out new things with the joints. :D going to see about separating its hands from its arms like i have with the feet. Its paws have heart shaped pads and i think it will be better if things rotated so the pads/paws (lol whatev) were visible. I know i will have to sacrifice some of its aesthetics for more mobility :D but i think its totally worth it. 
Also found some wooden balls that fit the feet sockets perfectly so i’m going to use them as a base to sculpt new feet. Its not that there was anything wrong with the old feet :D i just feel like i can do better and i want to try out a different way of stringing it. Heck i want to try out a different way of stringing the entire doll. I’m not particularly fond of the big gaping hole in its shoulders and feet. Don’t get me wrong the joints work just fine they way they are… i just don’t like it so much anymore. :D Cant learn until you try right?
Since this (the one on the right) is for the final mold i’m going to be spraying it with some kind of primer to help hide any imperfections, scratches e.t.c. I like how un primed pieces look so I still want that matte finish. So i’ll definitely be looking for something that doesn’t dry shiny. Or maybe i can sand it with a small grit sandpaper after spraying… not sure yet but we’ll see.
Still trying to sell some cleaned up junk casts to raise funds for more silicone so hopefully that goes well. Either way that’s where i am with this sculpt. The actual sculpting and waste molding phase is done. Now i’m just tweaking things and experimenting. 

Now that i have copies and a working waste mold i’m trying out new things with the joints. :D going to see about separating its hands from its arms like i have with the feet. Its paws have heart shaped pads and i think it will be better if things rotated so the pads/paws (lol whatev) were visible. I know i will have to sacrifice some of its aesthetics for more mobility :D but i think its totally worth it. 

Also found some wooden balls that fit the feet sockets perfectly so i’m going to use them as a base to sculpt new feet. Its not that there was anything wrong with the old feet :D i just feel like i can do better and i want to try out a different way of stringing it. Heck i want to try out a different way of stringing the entire doll. I’m not particularly fond of the big gaping hole in its shoulders and feet. Don’t get me wrong the joints work just fine they way they are… i just don’t like it so much anymore. :D Cant learn until you try right?

Since this (the one on the right) is for the final mold i’m going to be spraying it with some kind of primer to help hide any imperfections, scratches e.t.c. I like how un primed pieces look so I still want that matte finish. So i’ll definitely be looking for something that doesn’t dry shiny. Or maybe i can sand it with a small grit sandpaper after spraying… not sure yet but we’ll see.

Still trying to sell some cleaned up junk casts to raise funds for more silicone so hopefully that goes well. Either way that’s where i am with this sculpt. The actual sculpting and waste molding phase is done. Now i’m just tweaking things and experimenting. 


Jun 5
Trying out something new.
+Got my Toyy Bear sculpt back from the manufacturers awhile back and while looking at the design after not seeing it for such a long time i find that there are some things i want to change. lol I guess in some ways it’s a good thing i cant afford to get it cast in resin now. Kinda makes me wonder if i would have been happy with it when everything was said and done.

Trying out something new.

+Got my Toyy Bear sculpt back from the manufacturers awhile back and while looking at the design after not seeing it for such a long time i find that there are some things i want to change. lol I guess in some ways it’s a good thing i cant afford to get it cast in resin now. Kinda makes me wonder if i would have been happy with it when everything was said and done.


Apr 27

Pages from the Yoshida style ball jointed doll making guide. Its in japanese but i think the pictures are relatively easy to follow. These pages are about joint and socket fitting and how to create the slits. Sorry for the crappy scans lol we have a relatively small scanner.


Mar 14
So the leg bases work fine. LOL they are still in the awkward stage but i just had to test string her. lol they are so spindley its hilarious but again this is much better than aluminum foil. I was going to get some brass rods for this part. They would have done the same thing but im on a tight budget and it just seemed smarter for me to work with what i have.
Now all i have to do is add, carve and sand on the apoxie to form her thighs and lower legs so hopefully i have something interesting to share next week.  Planning on carving out arm cores with glue sticks the same way i did the legs sometime this weekend too. 
On a side note i carved out a small torso core from a cheap dollar store candle to see if that would be an effective way to make torso cores too. I think it would be interesting to sculpt generic cores that can be molded and cast in wax so that way when one feels like sculpting just cast a smooth core to work with. lol besides it should be much less stinky than glue sticks. Maybe even reusable and easier to work with.

So the leg bases work fine. LOL they are still in the awkward stage but i just had to test string her. lol they are so spindley its hilarious but again this is much better than aluminum foil. I was going to get some brass rods for this part. They would have done the same thing but im on a tight budget and it just seemed smarter for me to work with what i have.

Now all i have to do is add, carve and sand on the apoxie to form her thighs and lower legs so hopefully i have something interesting to share next week.  Planning on carving out arm cores with glue sticks the same way i did the legs sometime this weekend too. 

On a side note i carved out a small torso core from a cheap dollar store candle to see if that would be an effective way to make torso cores too. I think it would be interesting to sculpt generic cores that can be molded and cast in wax so that way when one feels like sculpting just cast a smooth core to work with. lol besides it should be much less stinky than glue sticks. Maybe even reusable and easier to work with.


Bones

So i spent some time trying to figure out how to make dissolvable bones for apoxie sculpt jointed dolls because if you are like me and have actually tried to drill into a solid piece you know its really difficult lol and i ended up hurting myself rather than making any progress at all. Anyway… I basically used some wire (though the wire isn’t absolutely necessary in fact if you can by pass the wire bit it will be more successful cause you can just melt the air dry clay)->

and put some cheap air dry clay on it like so (i used la doll because thats all i had. Next time however i will be using crayola air dry clay) ->

After sculpting with clay that isn’t water soluble you can soak the piece in water and melt out the “bone” for a hollow sculpt. Of course this wont work when your doll is made out of air dry clay because it will melt along with the core. This can also be done with hot glue sticks. I think the hot glue method (sculpting over hot glue then melting it out) will work for air dry clay but then its really messy and the air dry clay might not stick to the hot glue while sculpting apoxie sculpt does though.


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