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Sculpting & Modelling => Sculpting & Modelling Showcase => Topic started by: Crambie on October 26, 2016, 02:59:02 PM

Title: 2nd Project In Progress, Miniature
Post by: Crambie on October 26, 2016, 02:59:02 PM
Not had much time to play with clay recently but have started a new little project continuing on from my first theme. I still want to do a miniature enclosed in resin and, as I'm about to make some Swiss Army knife scales in wood, mother of pearl etc, I thought try a polyclay scale too. It's somewhat tricky as you are limited to just under 3mm in height including the sand base. Also wanted to be much more detailed than my first attempt (that I still use as my Esc key top).  Not got too far so far despite spending quite a few evenings on it.

Anyway, this bad photo was an aborted sand layer, was too thick and too yellow but shows the starting point and the pesky pivots that stick out. Not only stick out but overhang.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5827/30462453672_869287f68a_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NpS3bu)
I did it as much to see if it would even work as anything. Expected it to break when removed which it needs to in order to encase it, couldn't think of a way of doing in in situ, but it stayed in one piece. The current base is between 0.5 and just under 1mm thick.

Did start this but soon decided everything needed to be smaller.
(https://c7.staticflickr.com/9/8267/29777275934_5ddc7226a2_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/MnjjHd)

So this is where I've got to so far. I'm currently working on adding the individual bits to the purple based coral.
(https://c5.staticflickr.com/6/5455/30542985756_52f2234c5d_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NwYMyG)

The zoanthids (look like flowers on the left) are smaller than this first attempt and the dot is one of its tentacles. Really simple but being fiddly still took about 30mins each and did about 20 of them.
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5628/30327594881_3c146b63cb_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NcWRmV)

At this rate might finish by the end of the year if I'm lucky.
Title: Re: 2nd Project In Progress, Miniature
Post by: Carrie on October 26, 2016, 09:51:26 PM
Amazing tiny detail!
Title: Re: 2nd Project In Progress, Miniature
Post by: Karolina.S on October 27, 2016, 09:10:56 AM
Cute
Title: Re: 2nd Project In Progress, Miniature
Post by: Crambie on November 23, 2016, 12:27:56 PM
Slow going but this is where I am at the moment.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5532/30386816513_ec4feb2f6d_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/NibnTx)
Title: Re: 2nd Project In Progress, Miniature
Post by: Carrie on November 23, 2016, 04:17:11 PM
 :o  So tiny!  Amazing.
Title: Re: 2nd Project In Progress, Miniature
Post by: Crambie on November 24, 2016, 01:04:21 PM
You do some lovely stuff Carrie and the beetle on your Flickr looks so realistic  ;)
Title: Re: 2nd Project In Progress, Miniature
Post by: Carrie on November 24, 2016, 08:30:27 PM
Thanks!  I'm in a totally uninspired, can't get going phase at present but I've got lots of supplies  ;D ;D  ;D

I can't imagine making tiny work like yours, but l did once make loads of tiny little fruit tarts as presents and found it rather restful :)
Title: Re: 2nd Project In Progress, Miniature
Post by: Crambie on November 27, 2016, 01:02:42 PM
I know, thinking up ideas is often the hard part.

I started making parts small, realising they were about twice the size they needed to be and so got smaller and smaller. Then after a bit it just seems normal. Is slow work though.
Title: Re: 2nd Project In Progress, Miniature
Post by: shotgunsuzie on January 25, 2017, 05:00:23 AM
crambie do you use an electron microscope by chance? great work crambie, i feel inspirationz!
Title: Re: 2nd Project In Progress, Miniature
Post by: Crambie on January 26, 2017, 05:13:54 PM
Not usually, lol.  Don't even like using the head magnifier.

Done some more, not sure I'm happy with it but it's OK.
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/630/31694512814_710a1cfbe8.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/QhJEru)
Title: Re: 2nd Project In Progress, Miniature
Post by: Carrie on January 26, 2017, 05:54:16 PM
More than OK!  Amazing  8)
Title: Re: 2nd Project In Progress, Miniature
Post by: MilleD on January 27, 2017, 10:51:41 AM
Wow, that's small!!

Do you bake in stages or wait until it's all done?