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Saturday, July 25, 2015

Daryl Dixon Polymer Clay Charm (My Take on Bakeable Clay

I've already posted a blog about the difference between polymer and cold porcelain. This post is some kind of a deuxième partie of that, plus Daryl Dixon!

I bought a pack of bakeable clay from the bookstore due to curiosity. It's the 'generic' type (I actually forgot the product name already) and it only costs less than a dollar, which is a lot cheaper than the mainstream polymer clay.

If you are still contemplating on which type of clay to use (baked or air-dried), here are some additional pros and cons that I encountered using bakeable clay. Note that this is just MY personal opinion and MY own experience on working on this kind of clay may be different from others.

Friday, July 24, 2015

How to Fix Cracks in Cold Porcelain

One of the downsides of Cold Porcelain is that it's prone to cracks while drying. If you're planning to sculpt using cold porcelain as a hobby, you need to be aware that you're going to be spending a lot of time fixing cracks.

Thankfully, fixing said cracks isn't that difficult and won't require material that you don't already have lying around. You just need the sculpting tool you normally use, a small amount of glue, a fresh batch of cold porcelain, oil, and what little amount of time it takes to fill in the cracks.

As for the specific steps, I made you a video:

Superman and Lobo

I was in the mood to create something small and quick, and since my daughter is currently on a DC superhero kick, I decided on the Man of Steel himself:

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Anna and Elsa Chibi Sculptures (V1.0 and V2.0)

Anna and Elsa V1.0

These are part of the first chibi sets I did over a month ago. I was just starting to get the hang of handling cold porcelain so they were kind of distorted in some parts. What frustrated me the most then was braiding their hair.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Project of the Month July 2015: Michonne from The Walking Dead (Complete)

Finally completed the paint job on Michonne and her two pet walkers. I still need to apply sealant but I'm marking them as complete and showing the pictures now because a.) applying sealant only takes a couple of minutes or so, and b. ) I'm going to use a sealant that will give it a glossy finish, which has a tendency to make the figures look unflattering on my cheap smartphone camera:

Is Nail Polish Usable as a Sealant?

When I was just starting out with making home-made cold porcelaine figurines, I searched for information on ideal sealants (because the figures themselves will be prone to weather damage if you don't use one) on the Internet. I eventually settled on these three, but the first one I tried was nail polish.

The truth is if you're just using them for practice or you don't expect to keep the figurines around for a long time, nail polish will do. They give a glossy finish and will protect the clay and its paint from moisture damage. They're also cheaper than the other sealants and it's easy to find places where they can be bought (in fact, most homes already have one at the ready.)

However, if you really want your work to be durable (something you want if you're planning to give the figures away or sell them,) avoid nail polish.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Cold Porcelain Sculpture

back view
My sister loves Mickey Mouse so I thought of making a Mickey and Minnie Mouse set using cold porcelain for her (picture to follow). I had no problem making the first version because yeah, it's pretty simple and doesn't have much detail. All I had to do was to make two balls for the head, two oval-shaped cold porcelain for the body, two sets of thin rounded sticks for the arms and legs and two sets of small oval clay for the hands and feet - and additional smaller rounded sticks for the tail. Note that it is important to think of Mickey and Minnie's pose so that you'll be able to assemble them accordingly.

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