Hot Sculpture How-Tos

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 simple silicone mold

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a simple silicone mold. You will first need a silicone base, which is an off white liquid. You will also need the hardener, a thickener, and a thinner. To build the mold, cut a paper cup in half, then fill the container with rice. Measure the amount of rice in the cup so you know how much silicone needs to go into the mold. After this weigh your ingredients for the silicone, then mix them and pour into the mold. When the mold is finished hardening, use i...

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: 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: Make a polymer clay chocolate frosted doughnut

Learn how to sculpt a chocolate frosted donut 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 making your own polymer-clay donuts, watch this sculpture tutorial.

How To: Make flip flops out of gum paste

In this video we learn to make fondant flip flops to decorate cakes. Grab your fondant and mix in your various colors. You can have as many colors as you want but should have at least two. Roll out your first color to your desired thickness. Use a butterfly cookie cutter to cut out a butterfly. Use a sharp knife and cut out the center of the butterfly so you have the seperate wings. Curve the edges so they are nice and smooth. These are the bottoms of your flip flops. Then take a small piece ...

How To: Paint Hello Kitty on your nails

This video illustrates us how to paint Hello Kitty on your nails. here are the following steps: Step 1: First of all collect all your requirements in one place that is nail paint in various colors ,nail art pen, primer, and toothpick.

How To: Make mimi loofah for your dollhouse

This is a video tutorial describing how to construct a mini loofah for your dollhouse. The first step is to gather your supplies. You will need a needle, scissors, thread, and tulle. The tulle and the thread should be the same color. Next your tulle should be cut to be 1.5 feet long. Then bunch up the tulle so that it is small and compact just like a loofah. Next you should thread your needle. Next sew the tulle so that it stays in the shape that you would like it to be in. Finally cut off al...

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 ...

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: Make a candy bar for a miniature dollhouse

Garden of Imagination describes how to make a miniature candy bar for a doll house. First find a photo of the type of candy bar you want online. Once you find the image you want right click the icon and select "copy". Open a new MS Word document and paste into it. It should be too big so right click the picture and go to hyperlink in the menu that pops up. If the picture has a hyperlink remove it so you can adjust the size. Once the hyperlink is removed click on the picture and boxes should s...

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: 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: 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: 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: Buy duct tape suitable for art projects

Ducttapestuff presents colored duct tape that he uses in making a variety of objects like wallets, book bags and flowers. He strongly recommends duct tape made by "Duck", which is the only kind of tape he uses and he considers it the best. He shows all the tape he has (some of which were freshly bought when the video was made): a wide range of colored tape, from beige to black, and also a few patterned tape like "tree camouflage" or "cosmic tie-dye". He says that he always gets his tape from ...

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 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: Sharpen a convex wood carving knife

This video teaches the secrets to sharpen a convex wood carving knife in simple steps. First find out how dull your knife is by cutting a paper or shaving hair on you hands. Now take a sand paper attached to a pad and start sharpening the ends by applying less pressure. Now try the sharpness of the knife, it will be better. Now take a double sided strop with sharpening compound and start rubbing the knife edge. After sharpening try the knife again, it should be good enough.

How To: Make mid-century inspired wall art with aluminum cans

ThreadBanger's Decor It Yourself shows how to made mid-century mod inspired wall art out of your leftover aluminum cans. Talk about a great way to recycle! Be good to the environment, while creating a three-dimensional metal sculpture to decorate your wall with a little soldering, cutting, and gluing. In the second half of this tutorial, learn how to make a mid-century geometric wall installation to dress up an empty wall.

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: Make a bowl out of a record

Trying to find a new use for old, scratched vinyl? This easy do-it-yourself project shows how to turn a record into a decorative bowl; just follow along with the step-by-step instructions in this video. You will need a record, an oven, a pot (unless you want to free-hand mold the record), and some cold water. Check out this simple craft sculpting project and learn how to make a bowl out of a record, but remember not to eat soup out of it.

How To: Sculpt a baby monkey out of polymer clay

Witness this step by step photo presentation of sculpting a mini monkey from polymer clay by Judy Dickinson. Bake the individual pieces of the face and body wrapped in aluminum foil. Delicately sculpt the monkey's arms and legs, leaving ball joints to sew on a fabric body. When the monkey pieces are done baking, paint it and sew a little outfit for your cute baby monkey doll.

How To: Make a silicone mold

Watch this instructional video to make a one part silicone mold. Silicone molding is a simple and accurate process and will forgive many mistakes. You can actually smooth the silicone onto your object as it dries.

How To: Make an epoxy face mask

Sure, epoxy is poisonous if ingested, an eye irritant, and probably carcinogenic, but you can still make a mask out of it anyway. The flexible quality of epoxy, allows to make an exact mold of your, or any desired face. Watch this video sculpting tutorial and learn how to make an epoxy face mask.

How To: Cast an RTV mold

This animation shows the various steps taken when creating an RTV mold. First, risers are put on the part to allow air to escape from the final mold. A thin film is attached to the part, which will act as a seam for the final mold. A box is built around the entire structure, and it is filled with silicone rubber. Once the rubber has cured, the box and risers are removed, the mold is opened at its seam, and the original part is removed. Any type of urethane can now be injected in the mold to c...