Hot Sculpture How-Tos

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: 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: 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 paper mache glitter wand

This video teaches you how to make glitter wands using a simple and fast method. For a wand measuring about 18 inches long, you will need a sheet of A4 printer paper, glue, 2 strips of 1 inch wide 2 ply tissue paper, a pair of scissors, black and gold paint, an old sponge and glitter. First roll the sheet of paper and stick it so you have one small end tapering towards a slighter bigger end. Stick tissue rolls on the rolled paper and seal off the ends by twisting gently. When the glue dries a...

How To: Sculpt a one part plaster mold

This video sculpting tutorial shows how to make a mold out of plaster. The mold demonstrated is subtractive, requiring an initial sculpture that the mold is based upon. This original clay sculpture can easily be duplicated by making a plaster mold. Watch this instructional video and learn how to sculpt a one part plaster mold.

How To: Sculpt hands in polymer clay

Sculpting hands in polymer clay can be difficult. Clays like Prosculpt and Sculpey can be brittle when used to make hands without armatures. A mix of Puppen Fimo, Cernit and Fimo Mix Quick has proved to be strong thus far. Watch this video sculpting tutorial and learn how to make hands out of polymer clay.

How To: Make your own cookie cutters with Threadbanger

Had enough of cookie-cutter cookie cutters? Make your own! It's easier than you'd think. So easy, in fact, that this DIY guide from Threadbanger can present a complete overview of the process in about three minutes' time. For complete instructions, and to get started a-makin' your own cookie cutters, watch this video guide.

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: Make your own clay

Put your imagination into solid form by working with clay. Now all you need is the clay. No need to buy it at the store when you can make all the clay you like at home. Clay is a fun medium for adults and kids to work in.

How To: Sculpt a bust

Sculpt a bust from clay in just a few easy steps! From initial materials you'll need to finishing your final sculpture, it's all right here in this free video series about art taught by expert sculptor Jorge Benlloch.

How To: Sculpt a pig in polymer clay

This video sculpting tutorial shows a high speed version of the process for building a pig out of clay. Beginning with an aluminum foil skeleton, pink polymer clay is slowly added on, molded, and finished to create a realistic looking pig. Watch this video sculpting tutorial and learn how to make a pig figurine out of polymer clay.

How To: Make a shrimp from a straw

This is a tutorial on how to make a shrimp from a drinking straw and a pair of scissors. This is a nifty arts and crafts project for the summer, or doing on the side of the road for money. Everyone will be astounded by your shrimp-making skills.

How To: Make a professional surface cast mold

This video covers creating a detailed professional surface cast mold for creating mechanical parts. Ideal for working on medium-sized projects, this process of pouring a high quality material around a lower quality core creates a highly accurate, yet economical part. This process can be used in automotive, mechanical, fine art and film special effects 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: Sculpt a wolf mask

Learn how to sculpt a mask using 'slab construction' techniques. I use mixed studio clay from scrap. A small segment about ear placement and animal perception are included in the video.