Introduction to Sculpey

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This is My first Tutorial Just trying to help out. I used the search button; if there is a similar Tutorial on the board I am sorry I couldn’t find it. Also I wasn’t entirely 100% sure if I should post this in just the weapons section or else ware. So if the Moderators wish to move it I have no problem with that. With that said lets get down to business

Ok here is everything you need for this tutorial

1. Toaster oven with a temperature gauge. (Note use this oven only for the clay no food. I have one in my work shop I use only for this nothing else.)

2. Sculpey oven bake clay.
Q. What is it and where can I get it?
A. It is a thermal plastic that is in a clay like form that you can shape into almost anything after baking it is durable plastic. You can get it at many craft stores like Michael’s and Jo Ann’s.

3. Clay blade.
Q. What is it and where can I get it?
A. It’s a metal blade that you use to cut and work thermal clay, you can get it at any craft store that carry’s Sculpey products. See answer to #2

4. Small piece of glass or metal to work on. I use glass.
Q. Why use a small glass or metal piece to work on? Wont the glass shatter in the oven?
A. Its easy to move the final molded item to the oven without the risk of distorting it by trying to remove it from the surface. To date the only glass like this I have ever had break was the one I dropped on the floor. But if you are worried about glass then use a piece of metal.

5. Sculpey mold maker.
Q. What is it and where can I get it?
A. Its just what the name says, it’s a mold maker, it is used to make molds, continue reading this tutorial and you will see how. See answer to #2

6. Corn Starch

7. An artists brush

8. Sculpey Clay softener
Q. What is it and where can I get it?
A. It’s a liquid used with sculpey clay to make clay that has sit around for a long time softer. See answer to #2

9. Timer or wristwatch with a stopwatch feature.

Ok so the first step, what I am going to model today is this feature pictured on a M6D Pistol. The small serrated lever Inside red circle. Sorry about the poor quality of this picture

I take some Sculpey clay and work it in my hands until it softens. If it doesn’t soften then you add some clay softener.

Once soft I press this clay out on my glass work surface to the rough thickness I want the part to be, in this case around 1/8 of an inch.

Now I take the side of the clay blade and push it into the clay making a flat surface, No fingerprints.

Now I cut its basic shape.

Now I use the back of the blade to add the serrated lines.

Now I do the final cuts making the prototype part. Now this piece goes into the toaster oven for roughly 10 minutes. On the side of the package of clay they have the guidelines for baking it. 15 minutes at 275 degrees per ¼ inch of thickness. So in this case 10 minutes at 275 will do the job.

Once the piece is baked and cool enough to handle we are on to the next step of this tutorial.

We take our newly made part and we give it a fine dusting of corn starch. This acts as our release with the mold maker.

Next we take a nice sized lump of mold maker and work it until it’s nice and soft in our hands. This lump should be 6-9 times as large as what you want to mold, then we press this over the original part.

Now we gently peel this off the part, don’t be aggressive with it, you don’t want to distort the mold. Once you have it off, the next step is to bake the mold face up as in the picture. Baking instruction on the box is as follows. 20 minutes at 275 degrees per ¼ inch of thickness.

Ok so now we have our cured mold, what do we do with it? Well we can replicate this part over and over again. How do we do it well read on.

First we dust the inside of the mold with some corn starch, our mold release.

Then we work up some sculpey in our hands until soft and then press it into the mold.

Then we press the whole thing on our work surface and gently peel the mold back leaving our soft part.

Next we trim with the clay blade and bake it, Vola another part.
And here we have the original part, mold and a copy. Yes the copy is a bit bigger, didn’t follow my own advice and I distorted the mold a bit when I took it off the original.

A lot of people make there prop weapons and such out of wood or foam. I have noticed that a lot of these props lack the tiny details like this small lever represents. Using the methods in this Tutorial will allow the detail minded prop builder to add those special touches to his or her prop weapons or armor. Just make them and glue them on. Plus the added advantage of making a small mold so you can make more than one can’t be understated. I have personally used this technique to make all kinds of small nick knacks from replacement motorcycle switch covers to Grips for a pellet gun. Let your imagination run wild.

Normally this would go without saying, but I feel I must say it. Making a mold of a copyrighted item and then duplicating it is illegal and under no circumstances should you do this.

For more information here are a few websites enjoy.
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