Hot Sculpture How-Tos

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 simple one piece silicone rubber molds

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.

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 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 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.

How To: Mold fantasy miniature characters

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.

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: Carve a figure out of wood

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...

How To: Sculpt & carve fake teeth from soap

Need a use for a model tooth? Learn with this "Tooth Carving 101" tutorial how to carve a fake tooth from a bar of soap. One will need a small carving knife, a bar of soap and about thirty minutes. Your fake tooth with make for one heck of peculiar mantel piece.

How To: Make a paper mâché dragon

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.

How To: Sculpt a hairy ceramic clay monster

In this how-to video, you will learn how to create a hairy clay figure. You will need to mix basic clay to do this. Rub the clay into a ball and then shape it into the body of the creature. Do not work the clay for too long, as it will harden faster. Use matches to form the eyes. Once the form is complete, move on to the hair. Use a different color clay for a great visual effect. Make the clay into long strings. Once they are done, cut them with a clay knife to form small dots. Rub these dots...

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: Make a duplicate sculpture using a press mold

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.

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.

How To: Make a mold using an epoxy fiberglass layup

Check out this video to learn how to make a professional epoxy fiberglass layup and epoxy laminating systems. This process is ideal for working on larger projects, a typical 'fiberglass layup' is a popular process for those who need a large, strong, and lightweight tool.This process can be used in automotive, mechanical, fine art and film special effects uses.

How To: Make contemporary installation art

Each & Every One of You (EEOOY) is a mock TV show pilot that teaches ordinary people how to make contemporary installation art. If these words strike fear into your heart or make you cringe with memories of seeing contemporary art and wondering what the hell it was all about, this show is for you!

How To: Sculpt a purple clay electric eel

First of all take the clay and make a roll. Now keep rolling to form a roll that has one end large and the other end smaller at the tip. Now bend the roll upwards from the middle. Now take a match stick. Now use this to make a hole to make the mouth. Use to fingers to make the corners of the mouth round in shape. Make the mouth wide and open. Now make the eyes by using a matchstick to pierce the sockets. Now take a little clay and then make a roll of it. Now make a leg out of it by making the...

How To: Make a gum paste anemone

In order to make a gum paste anemone you first should roll out the gum paste onto a flat surface and cut out about 13 circles of this with a cookie cutter. Use thin foam and ruffle 12 of the petals leaving the last flat. Place your ruffled petal on thick foam and drag a ball tool over the bottom half of the petal. This will give it an oval shape. Now, put these into a flower former. Now let the 13th petal that is flat down to dry. Let these dry for about 2-6 hours but not until they are rock ...

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