Post by talespinner on Dec 7, 2010 15:59:10 GMT -5
Before I started sculpting, I learned the basics by watching Jame V.S. sculpt on Miniature Mentor. One thing that he recommends is liberally using Vaseline on your tools as you sculpt. Prior to watching that I had used water (not that I sculpted much more than logs and rocks). Now the Vaseline makes the sculpting very fluid and easy to smooth, but I am having difficulty getting fine details to stick to cured areas. When I watch James, he doesn't seem to have an issue with this.
What am I doing wrong? Have I missed something? Do most pros use Vaseline or is that particular to JVS? If not Vaseline, what is best, water?
I've heard that many use it though I just dip my tool constantly in my water pot. And keep tools clean. The other thing that you probably need to be sure of is that you're washing the work well with soap and water before starting the next stage of putty over cured areas.
What's more, if you let the putty cure a couple of hours (without heat) it will still be slightly pliable but not so sticky. You can smooth or gently groove the surface at that point. It's good for doing folds in cloth or leather. This is a great time for manipulating surface texture. Experiment with some leftover putty to determine the best timing.
Last Edit: Dec 7, 2010 21:30:43 GMT -5 by flashheart