What I’ve been doing lately

Hello hello,

Just a brief update on what I’ve been making,,

Also, I’m open for custom requests as of today ^^
Just send me a message if you want one.

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New tools

Lately, I’ve been so in love with crafting sculptures with super sculpey that I’ve been feeling reluctant to work with all my normal clay. I think it’s because I can’t be bothered to working with such soft clay from studio sculpey and sculpey III. I still find that Fimo is okay to work with, but mostly just been crafting sculptures.

Above is wire that I bought from Daiso so I can incorporate more sturdy interiors for my sculptures. Up until now I’ve only been using foil – and occasionally  a small part of an eyepin for arms and such but now these wires can really help me stabilize my creations.

Also, I’ve started to watermark my images… can’t tell if I should create another one or just stick with this… what do you think ?

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Adventure Time

Gunter and penguins

Gunter and his penguins

Unfinished Tv

Jake’s baby: T.V

Mid painting

Lord Monochromicorn + Lady Rainicorn
Unfinished painting of all these sculptures

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Animal Crossing

Animal crossing isabelle

Isabelle that still needs to be painted + pen and clipboard still need to be attached

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Pokemon : Starter pokemon series

Juju lip charmander

Charmander: I thought this was hilarious. I was mid sculpt and adding on Charmanders mouth…. look those lovely juju lips.. mm mm ahahahahah

Bulbasaur and Charmander

Bulbasaur + Charmander completed. Just need their coats of paint and glaze

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So there we go ^^
That’s what I’ve been up to lately. I still need to make Squirtle and possibly the rest of the starter pokemons from other generations.

Hope you like this post ^^

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn

Tutorial : [Animal Crossing] Tom Nook

So Hoi

Finally I have a tutorial for you guys ! ^^
And in celebration of the new Nintendo 3DS Animal Crossing : New Leaf release this year, I made Tom Nook!

So who is Tom Nook? He is a “Raccoon Dog”, also known as “Tanuki” in the Japanese version (also a real animal btw, its related to dogs even though they look like raccoons lolol).  He’s basically who you go to to make money and lose money TT..

He buys the stuff you sell, and he also sells you furniture, equipment and the like – and also responsible for the expansion of your house.

So the new change in New Leaf is that you get to have more freedom in choosing what to expand, what rooms to add and WHEN you want to add them. In previous versions of animal crossing, after each expansion, he’d push you to expand more, which kinda made you hate him..
It doesn’t help that it was harder to make money in previous versions than it is in this version.

SO in celebration of Tom Nook’s character being more likeable, I made him ^^

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Also, just a note, I have recently purchased “Super Sculpey” in beige. This clay is specifically for sculpting models and I really like it. If you have ever used Du-kit (which is a NZ brand polymer clay), the texture is surprisingly similar. I’ve always had this thing against Du-kit because it was never ‘crumbly’ like  sculpey and fimo in that you couldn’t create those realistic textures, but after using super sculpey, I’d say du-kit  would be suitable for model making too.

Fully Completed

Let’s begin!

Please enlarge the images! WordPress automatically resizes mine ><

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Materials (Sorry for lack of images)

  • Super Sculpey (colour doesn’t matter)
  • Foil
  • TLS
  • Eyepin
  • Any sculpting tools you have (although, you’ll mostly be using your fingers)
  • Sand paper
  • Eyepins

Acrylic paint:

  • Dark Brown
  • Terracotta brown
  • White
  • Dark blue
  • Light blue
  • Green
  • Pink

Or you can make those colours with

  • Red
  • Blue
  • White
  • Green

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CreatingBase

 

  • So taking the foil, create a round base in which Tom Nook will stand on
  • Roll out some super sculpey , and wrap it around the foil, blending the edges.
  • Take some more foil and create Tom Nooks base body shape – kind of like an egg
  • Roll out sculpey and wrap + blend
  • To create a bigger belly, cut a strip of clay and place it across the middle + blend well

Adding Legs

  • (First two images are the wrapping part of this body)
  • Roll out a small log which will be his legs
  • Cut them , place and blend

3Legs

 

  • Look at that bellay Lolol
  • Okay, so that’s what he looks like standing so far. Please remember to have reference image with you at all times ^^
  • To make him more pudgy, Add more clay on the sides of his legs

More pudginess

 

  • Once he’s got more fat on his two legs, time to even out the front
  • Take a small piece of clay, flatten it out  and place on the front part
  • where the clay meets the gap between his legs, just cut it the clay and blend it out behind his legs

View so far

 

  • What he looks like so far

Making the head

 

  • Take some foil and shape it into his head – kind of like an egg with a turned up tip
  • Wrap with clay and blend
  • Keep adding clay to areas which need it. His head : body ratio is kinda of like 1:1 …. I didn’t expect to add so much clay to his head

Completed parts

 

  • Notice their similarity. I almost freaked out because I mistook the head for his body… I was wondering why his legs suddenly blended together.. TT
  • Place head on the top, if you wish you can use an eyepin to help keep this part extra stable
  • I pushed the head downwards and blended away that excess because Tom Nook doesn’t have that big of a gap between his head and body

Neck

 

  • To even out the neck, roll out a strip of clay, and always when blending, make the edges thinner than the middle. This way, blending is much more easier and you won’t have to push hard on the clay to get it to flatten down
  • You can tell I added more clay to the top of his head
  • He’s so top heavy he cant event stand by himself anymore….
  • Adding the earsHere are some different angles
  • Then roll our two circles and attach them as his ears.
  • Use the end of something round to make the indents for his ears

Cheeks

 

  • He still didn’t look right and that was because his head wasn’t big enough still…
  • Add in them cheeks and blend

Adding arms and tail

 

  • Just like the legs, roll out a small log and attach them onto the body as arms. You can use whatever pose you want
  •  Make a small tear drop shape and attach to his butt (lolol). I used an eyepin to help reinforce his tail

Last minute details

 

  • Roll out some clay and cut into a rectangle – this is his apron
  • Add some eyepins in his legs and make two small impressions onto the base of where you want to place him
  • Then use a needle tool and make these indents into holes
  • Add some TLS and place Tom Nook in place
  • He cant stand by himself so he is leaning on the TLS bottle
  • Also , if you want, use a rounded tool to add texture to the base – as you know , this is my usual technique

Foil reinforcement

 

  • Since he couldn’t stand, had to make reinforcement with foil
  • Made the stupid mistake of baking him without the foil all around him and only the back…

As he was baking in the oven, the clay softened and he got a lot weaker. Because I didn’t have the foil on all four sides he actually fell off his base. I quickly took him out, placed him back on and reinforced all the sides as show in the first two images

More problems

Burnt tail

 

  • Due to my small oven, the top of his head that was closest to the heating bar got burnt
  • Also, as the clay softened and the placement of the foil, his tail also dropped down and baked too low…

Arms

 

  • Removed his previous tail and while working on it, his arm fell off
  • … Please use eyepins to attach them on

Burnt

 

  • After attaching a new arm, I baked him on his back.
  • Made the stupid mistake of changing the heat to top and bottom – ended up with burnt flattened edges on the ears, tail and base
  • Refixed the flattened parts
  • Baked
  • Sanded everything down

Base colour coat

 

  • Adding white base coat.
  • This is to help the actual paint show up in its true colours. Also means that you’ll need less layers to get the same effect

Brown

 

  • Made brown from my primary colours
  •  Dark brown : Red + Blue + Yellow until satisfied
  • Lighter brown : Red + yellow to get a light kind of orange  then + green to get that shade

brown paint

 

  • Panting his main colours

Completed

 

  • Adding the remainging colours
  • He’s on his side because I’m drying the green on the base

 

Fully Completed

 

And here he is fully completed !

Glaze if you wish

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For acrylic paint, I recommend that you dilute it with some water so that it becomes much more thin and smooth. This way, you’ll get less streaks and more even paint layers.

Also, sand down your figurine after baking. I’m not too experienced with sanding so I just took random sandpaper I had. I think you should go for a finer one so that it doesn’t leave those uneven indents from the texture.

Having a smooth base gives you better end product, so please try to do that. Blend well and sand well – my Tom Nook would have turned out better if I sanded him properly.

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-phew- Long tutorial right?
Just letting you know I’ll be back blogging regularly until school starts again!

Thanks for reading!

-Cyn

 

So I’ve been crafting..

Hello Hello !

It’s been about a week and I have finally finished unpacking and have started to craft again !
Sorry it’s been so long TT

In these next few weeks, I’m going to start concentrating on more felt projects – I’ll be working partly out of those books and will have tutorials up in a few days of many basics.

For now, here is what I’ve been working on :

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Animal Cakes inspired by this image :

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My version :

Animal-Cakes

Adventure Time’s : Snow Gollem ( Season 3 : Thank you )

This one is actually a gift for a friend ^^

SnowGollem

 

So here’s what I’ve made so far !
As usual, tutorials will be up within the next week as will the felt ones following after.

Any questions or requests , please pm or comment below ^^

 

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn

Tutorial : Elephant

Hello Hello ^^

-Phew-
It’s been a week, and I finally have my internet back at normal speeed,,,
It feels like I’ve been away for so long T___T,,
But today, as you know, is the tutorial for the Elephant. I don’t usually make animals and such, but yes ^^ Enjoy!

This was a present for my friend who is IN LOVE with elephants ^^
I remember seeing this image of an elephant somewhere, and thought it was adorable … it anyone knows where it’s from, please link me so I can credit it as the reference :D
Image from here : [Link]

Reference image

Isn’t it so cute ? I thought this would be fairly easy to make , but I was so wrong…. the elephant I made took a few hours, and used much more clay than I had expected it to.

Here we go !

Materials

Materials

Basically, all these colours can be replaced to whatever you want. I’m just going to list mine

  • Grey (lots of it…)
  • Studio sculpey in blush (light-ish pink)
  • Light blue
  • Studio sculpey in Olive (That lighter dull green)
  • Studio sculpey in English garden (The darker green under it)
  • Two shades of green (Those two blobs stuck together )
  • Aluminium foil (optional, it depends on whether you want the main body to be solid clay or not )
  • White (to mix to make light grey)
  • Black ( a tiny bit to make dark grey)

Mix colours together

  • Mix those two greens together
  • Separate your main colour (in this case grey) into three blobs.

I had one for the main body, one for the ears and one for the trunk. In the end, it wasn’t enough as I still had to add more for the main body, and make sure you leave some for the tail

Foil

  • Using the foil, make the basic body shape.
  • Mine basically has the four legs, and the rounded top for the body.
  • Roll out the grey, and cover the foil

Adding trunk

  • Smooth out the clay, and add more if you need to make the shape more round
  • (Second image) is the bottom of the Elephant (uneven, I know =’= ;;; )
  • Take the piece of clay that is for the trunk, and roll it into a log
  • Pull out the edges at the bottom, and place it onto the elephant.

Trunk 2

  • Use whatever tool and blend blend blend !
  • (Second image) Now the Elephant should look something like this.

You’ll notice that it doesn’t have enough height and roundness at this point. This is where I realised I needed more clay that I had thought ..

  • If your Elephant isn’t as round as you want it to be , add another chunk of clay and blend !

Completing the body

  • To even out the shape, I added another chunk at the front.
  • I used the end of a paintbrush to make that gap between the legs more even
  • (Third image) This should be the completed shape of the Elephant.

Adding the ears

  • Take the pieces of clay that were for the ears, and make them into a tear drop shape.
  • Place it on the sides on the Elephant where you want the ears to go.

Detail on trunk

  • Now for the trunk, take a tool and make as small indent in the trunk opening.
  • Take the two different shades (Studio sculpey Olive and English garden), and roll them into logs
  • Roll the logs like you would for a lollipop, and stop when you think its the right size.
  • Squish the two together, and place it in that indent you made.
  • You may use TLS or whatever to help it stay in place when baking. ( Or even a toothpick will work fine)

Eyes and Tusks

  • For the eyes, take two blue blobs, and stick them on.
  • Take some light grey and roll it into a ‘tusk’ shape.

Adding tusks

  • Make an indent on the side of the Elephant where you want the tusks to go
  • Put them in place. (Don’t need to worry about blending this one)
  • This is both the greens being mixed…. I don’t know why that other image is at the very top… hahah

Leaf

  • Once it’s mixed, squish it out with your fingers
  • Try to make the edges different thickness’s , or just make it until you’re satisfied with its ‘leafy” shape
  • (Third image) The leaf would go on something like this..
  • Add some details with your razor blade

Tail

  • I almost forgot about the tail -phew-
  • Roll out some grey into a log , one end more narrow than the other
  • Make some darker grey (grey + littttle bit of black)
  • Make it into a leaf shape, and place it on the end of the grey log.
  • Place it on the back of the elephant, and blend the edges of where it joins !
  • Add some detail on the tail by using your razor blade
  • Bake +Glaze

Completed

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Aaand there we go ! ^^
It’s quite easy once you have that main shape sorted (that took surprisingly long….)

The Elephant looks extra shiny here because I tried out my Triple thick !

Hopefully this tutorial was easy to understand, I feel like I’ve been getting worse with the explanations  the more tutorials I make o_o;;

Thanks for reading !

-Cyn