Sculpting Tips - Q&A

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Re: Sculpting Tips - Q&A

Postby Bartholdy » Sat Jul 05, 2014 8:47 am

Ah, great. Thanks a bunch!
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Re: Sculpting Tips - Q&A

Postby General Apathy » Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:14 pm

Wire Armature questions:

Just starting. Searched but did not find answers to:

1. What size / gauge / type wire do you recommend? - I'm starting with 28mm basic humans
2. It is necessary to start really thin and build up layers of putty, or use thicker wire and fewer layers?
3. Bare metal wire or coated?
4. If metal, any preps like washing it, coating it, etc.?
5. Start with a complete figure, or start with torso pieces (do a bunch of legs until your sculpts of legs look right, arms, heads, etc.)?

I'll look back through for link recommendations. Just curious, is there a link collection page?
...all this from someone who is neither apathetic nor a general
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Re: Sculpting Tips - Q&A

Postby Inso » Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:03 pm

I use 0.8mm brass or copper wire from Hobby Craft's jewelery section (it is bare, not covered).
I then build up layers of putty on the wire frame in layers. I have never washed the wire and the sculpt has always been castable after I have finished. I sculpt whole figures because it helps to get the proportions right.

Obviously, this is just my take on the subject and I am not a professional sculptor... so I am sure someone more qualified will chip in at some point :)
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Re: Sculpting Tips - Q&A

Postby Internalclock » Fri May 06, 2016 1:25 pm

I have a reel of fine wire that I got from walmart in the craft section. Think it was for jewlery. Otherwise I just strip out any copper wire I can find and sort it by guage depending on the size of the sculpt. If you find the right stuff it has one thick copper core surrounded by 3-6 thinner copper Wires ... JACKPOT!
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Re: Sculpting Tips - Q&A

Postby Guest » Fri May 06, 2016 1:28 pm

Oh and I start with a copper wire armature stuck in a cork. then I'll bulk it out with tinfoil and superglue it. then I'll make a case around it in putty. then I'll start sculpting over it for reals.
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Re: Sculpting Tips - Q&A

Postby OrlandotheTechnicoloured » Fri May 06, 2016 5:25 pm

If you're planning to cut up your sculpt to cast your wire needs to be soft enough to cut easily (so no paperclips etc)

but other than that whatever feels comfortable
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Re: Sculpting Tips - Q&A

Postby CrumbReaper » Fri May 06, 2016 6:03 pm

Internalclock wrote:I have a reel of fine wire that I got from walmart in the craft section. Think it was for jewlery. Otherwise I just strip out any copper wire I can find and sort it by guage depending on the size of the sculpt. If you find the right stuff it has one thick copper core surrounded by 3-6 thinner copper Wires ... JACKPOT!


sounds like 3 core flat for lighting - mains rated would be too heavy gauge I suspect, trouble I have is patience to make the dollies, get the proportions right :(

I got some wire for flower arranging, looks good gauge wise but haven't tried using it.......... I might just be a slacker!!
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