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How To: Make a paper mache baby elephant

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...

How To: Make a silicone mold of a toy figurine

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...

How To: Make a silicone face with Gel-10 & Polyfoam

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.

How To: Paint Hair on a Reborn Baby Doll

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.

How To: Make mini churro charms out of polymer clay

Learn how to sculpt a miniature churro charms out of polymer clay with this free video art lesson. While this tutorial is best suited for those with some familiarity of polymer clay sculpture, novice sculpters should be able to follow along given a little effort. For specifics, including step-by-step instructions, and to get started crafting your own mini polymer clay churro charms, watch this sculpture tutorial.

How To: Turn an old vinyl record into a bowl or platter

Seeing as record players are getting harder to find, here's something useful to do with your records, turn them into serving dishes! What you need to do is get some tin foil, oven safe dishes and of course records. Two different types of dishes can be made, a shallow plate-like dish and deeper bowl-like dish. For the shallow one use a cake pan for its form, you'll need a glass jar or an empty tin can for the other one. Start off by setting your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 177 degrees Ce...

How To: Make a paper mache "fishwichwich"

In this video you get to watch a talented mache artist make a fishwichwich from paper mache. It is fast paste but you get the idea of how he does it. Starting with the paper mache materials, the paste and paper, he makes the body and head in several pieces. He pastes these together and uses some sort of stick to make its spikes. He covers the spikes with mache so they have a more realistic look and starts to smooth out the features of the fish. Once the body is done, he's got the teeth and so...

How To: Make a fiberglass mold

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...

How To: Make a mold of a sculpture

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.

How To: Create Paper Mache

This video illustrates the technique of Paper Mache with a touch of attitude. You can use the Paper Mache technique for many applications including fine arts, sculpture, crafts, and decorative uses.

How To: Mass cast complex parts with a parting line

Check out this detailed video that covers how to mass cast an object with no flat sides. This video is only for very experienced mold makers or the particularly ambitious. When mass casting a part without a flat side, you must create a two-part mold. We create a two-part silicone rubber mold with a clean parting line and then cast the part with Repro. This process can be used in automotive, mechanical, fine art and film special effects uses.

How To: Make a clear silicone rubber mold

This is an excellent video that covers creating a clear silicone rubber mold to deal with a complex parting line or irregular shape. When a project requires a complex parting line, it is often easier to pour the entire mold in one process with clear rubber, then cut your parting line. This process also saves at least a day in creating the mold. This process can be used in automotive, mechanical, fine art and film special effects uses.

The Getty Museum Presents: How to Make Art from Ye Olden Days

Art Babble is a video network for artists and art lovers alike, launched by a group of curators at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. The site is divided into channels, series and partners, with a wide variety of top notch videos from institutions far and wide. The Getty Museum has posted some especially fascinating content, most notably their series on modern artisans and craftsmen demonstrating antiquated art techniques.

How To: Paint eyebrows and hair onto your reborn baby doll

The importance of paint cannot be underestimated when it comes to correctly constructing a reborn baby doll. There are many tutorials showing you how to correctly replicate the hair on your baby doll's head, but what about the eyebrows? This tutorial shows you how to use a variety of paints and fine tip brushes to correctly achieve realistic eyebrows as well as head hair for your next reborn project.

How To: Sharpen your chisel inexpensively

In this tutorial, we learn how to sharpen your chisel inexpensively. This is an art you have to learn if you are going to have to learn to work with tools. To start, you will first need to lay down a piece of paper down on a block of wood. After this, lay a piece of grit down on top of the and grab your chisel. Spray the grit with some water and then use the bevel on the chisel to move it around. Use your body to move the chisel, not just your hands. Continue to do this around the sides until...

How To: Recycle plastic bottles to make hanging art

In this video, we learn how to recycle plastic bottles to make hanging art. First, cut the bottom off of the bottle and then cut it in half. Then, cut the other end off of the bottle as well. After this, you can grab the bottle and start to paint your choice of color all over it. Use different colors and transition and blend with them. Lay these on one side to dry when you are finished. When you're done with these and they are completely dry, you can use them to decorate around your house. Th...

How To: Make a surreal paper mache hand

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.

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