Polymer clay is an exciting arts & crafts medium. Actually, "clay" is a misnomer; it contains no true clay, but rather consists of tiny particles of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) combined with plasticizer, which is what makes it malleable like clay.
Watch this video to learn how to make a mold of a female torso using Body Double RTV silicone rubber. This is a great technique for sculptors!
Watch this video to learn how to make a simple mold and cast Smooth-Cast 300 liquid plastic and resin into it.
Check out this video for how to create simple one piece silicone rubber molds. This technique is ideal for smaller projects (less than 12" x 12"), this is the easiest process for creating parts, patterns, tools, & molds. We demonstrate creating a silicone rubber mold and then the casting of parts with Repro, epoxy casting resins and polyurethane elastomers. This process can be used in automotive, mechanical, fine art and film special effects uses.
Watch this video to learn how to make a mold of a face using Body Double Silicone Rubber. This is a great technique for making masks or sculptures! Watch as he casts a finished lightweight casting.
Mary Buckman describes how to create a cast clay sculpture from a press mold. Press molds can be used over and over again to duplicate a sculpture without going through the tedious process of actually sculpting it or without the artistic talent required to. Watch this video sculpting tutorial and learn how to use a press mold.
If you're looking for ideas for creepy decorations to make for your next Halloween party, or just want to have a little fun, you can use papier mache, cardbord paper, a little foil and some paint to create a surreal cartoon hand.
Resin mixing is an important part of composite manufacturing. Here's how to do it safely and with an acceptable margin of accuracy. Make sure to wear gloves to protect your hands and skin from the active agents in the resin.
Attention aspiring horror movie makers! Have an interest in making fake heads to use as your gory extras? BITY Mold Supply has supplied the world with this great tutorial on how to cast a silicone head or face from Gel-10 and Polyfoam. In the later half of this video, BITY lends great tips on how to paint your finished silicone face for a realistic look.
Here is a fun project to do for yourself or with kids! This video will take you on a step by step journey to sculpt toy men from clay.
Amazing work by artist Walee for BEAUX ARTS Magazine. Photoshop tricks? Photograph manipulation? Papercraft sculpting?
Create your very own clay figurine sculpture! This easy to follow online art lesson about sculpture will have you sculpting with the best in no time and is taught by expert sculptor Jorge Benlloch.
This how-to video series is a step-by-step guide to molding fiberglass. These videos give a simple introduction to fiberglass mold construction, explained using a model aircraft cowling but the same technique applies to any fiberglass sculpture. The entire process is detailed from plug, to mold, to finished fiberglass part. Follow along with the eight steps: develop the plug, construct the parting board, lay up the mold, release the mold from the plug, prepare the mold for fabrication, lay up...
Scottish sculptor and painter Alan Herriot shows how he made the life-size bronze sculpture of a man, titled The Ancient Mariner.
Watch this video sculpting tutorial to learn how to mix and pour liquid plastic into a mold cabin. Wait a few minutes and you have a perfect finished plastic casting! Learn how to cast resin and liquid plastic into a mold by watching this how-to video.
In this tutorial, we learn how to make a silicone mold of a toy figurine. First, roll out clay and press the bottom of the figurine into the center. Next, use a plastic bottle to create the mold box. Cut the bottom off of the bottle, then press the bottle into the clay to make sure the figurine is centered. Now, press the bottle down into the clay and make the silicone mixture. When you're done mixing, pour it into the bottle. Pour in a stream to avoid any bubbles inside of it. Let this sit o...
In this tutorial, we learn how to make a paper mache baby elephant. To begin, you will need a pattern, which you can find at Ultimate Paper Mache. There is a grid on the pattern that you can use to expand onto a large piece of particle board. This will give you the entire body for the elephant. After you cut the elephant out of the board, glue and nail it together with spacers in between the body parts. After this, crumple up newspaper and then tape and squish it onto the wood until the muscl...
This three part instructional sculpture video demonstrates how to make a two part plaster mold. Make a plaster mold to make stop-motion animation puppets from clay models. A plaster mold can make casts out of almost any material. This model will be cast out of foam rubber with a movable metal skeleton.
This video tutorial shows how to use Smooth-On's EZ Spray Jr. system to spray mold rubber, liquid plastics and casting resins. Learn how to make molds out of any object out of rubber, plastic or resin.
This video tutorial is a quick run-through on the process used to make a plaster mold from a skull, and then a couple casts from it.
Add leaves and patterns to your mold! This how-to video shows you a way to create an organic design in your molds. Watch this video sculpture tutorial and learn how to design tile molds with leaf and different pattern imprints.
Sculpting can be fun! In this free online art video series about sculpture, learn how to make a clay bust, including hair, eyes, nose, shoulders, and mouth from expert sculptor David A. Clemen.
This video tutorial shows how to sculpt a realistic human head out of clay. Follow along with artist, Philippe Faraut, and learn how to mold, scrape, and design a human bust sculpture.
Carved wood figures always present an aura of mystery. From the fearsome tribal masks of Africa to the towering totems of British Columbia, indigenous peoples have long created wooden guardians to channel their spirits and protect their peoples. Puppets can even move like us, mock us, or in the case of Pinocchio, come alive. Be careful wood carvers, for in your hands you possess the power of the gods, the power to create, the power to give life, and hopefully the power to make a cool sculptur...
Learn how to make a mold of a face using Alja-Safe alginate. This is a great sculptural technique for casting faces!
Korean artist Osang Gwon creates more than just alluring paper-made girls. Gwon has moved past traditional papercraft, taking volumes of photographs of his subjects and constructing sculptural forms from the carefully arranged 2D images. Gwon shows in galleries, and has done commissioned projects for both Fendi and Nike.
Watch this video to learn how to use glove molding systems. Glove molding systems are ideal for working on medium and large projects, this process involves creating a thin layer of flexible material and backing it up with a stronger, rigid material.This process can be used in automotive, mechanical, fine art and film special effects uses.
Artists have represented humans in their work for thousands of years, and Michelangelo's "David" is one of the most important artistic studies of the human form. Explore the proportions, style, and detail used in this classic marble sculpture. Analyze Michelangelo's David.
This video segment will show you how to make a simple mold using TAP Latex Mold Builder.
Get a glimpse of the techniques used in creating large scale carnival sculptures and satirical floats made of polystyrene.
Make your own wire sculpture! Learn how to make a lizard wire sculpture with the help of a professional in this free video series.
Car-part sculptor James Corbett can do things with an automobile that would make a Transformer blush! We call him the Rodin of the Hot Rod. The gallery below should give you an idea as to why.
Martha Stewart uses OOMOO 30 silicone rubber to make a mold of a tree branch and make a casting in liquid plastic to use as a peg coat rack.
This video tutorial sculpting tutorial series shows how to craft a polymer clay pawn chess piece. Follow along with the steps to build and embellish this chess piece with human-like detail. Watch these instructional videos and learn how to make a sculpted polymer clay pawn chess piece.
In this two part video you'll learn the complete process for casting duplicates of a miniature figure. How to make the rubber mold in two parts and how to cast the miniature duplicate. A two part mold is the kind of rubber mold you make for complex minis like figures, warriors, wizards, dwarves etc. You'll learn everything you need, and exactly what to do to duplicate your own miniature fantasy characters.
This is a video sculpting tutorial on how to make a polymer clay newborn baby. Follow along with the step by step visuals and see the baby's features take shape. Learn how to sculpt a baby statue out of polymer clay by watching this instructional video.
Are you an aspiring paper mâché sculptor? In this video, see how Dan from Monster-Man.com builds a really cool paper mache dragon from start to finish. Although instructions aren't given, it is easy to use this video as a guide to begin your dragon's structure and build up. Be on your way toward creating an extremely impressive paper mâché dragon with help from this video.
If you don't have the patience or the tools to root hair, you can use paint instead! This tutorial is primarily for reborn doll artists who want to learn how to use Genesis heat set paints to replicate the look of real hair on their baby doll head. You will need: your doll head, a palette, Genesis heat set paints in your chosen colors, a few paintbrushes and some soft makeup sponges. You will also need a little paint thinner and some water.
Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto's medium of choice is none other than your simple household table salt, fragile and completely ephemeral. Yamamoto creates beautiful installations with the medium, salt being a strong symbol in Japanese death culture (as well as several other cultures around the world: Hinduism, Catholicism, Egyptian and Aztec mythology).
Mosaics are a cool type of art. You can use mosaics to liven up your home or garden and they are cheap and fun to make. Check out this video for tips and instructions for making mosaics.