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Zzzzz
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Hello,

I have started to create more components for my Invasions:Tuatha De Danaan game so I figured I would post a few images for anyone interested in using clay or modeling compound to create custom components. For anyone that has read my game, this components will be used for my megalithic stone markers.

Here is a view of multiple stones I have created out of the modeling compound:

I tried to create a how-to but my images came out fuzzy, maybe another time!

The following image is one from google that I used to model one of the stones above.

Anonymous
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Those look really good, are you using Sculpey to sculpt them?

Have you ever tried using "green stuff" (the stuff sculpters use to make miniatures)? You can get amazing details with it, and it doesn't need to be baked to harden.

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I am using a product from the makers of Sculpey, called Granitex ( I think that is the right spelling of the name ). This product has a couple of different stone colored compound options.

I have not yet tried the "green stuff", (yeah bryk I know I did use some other green stuff to model a few items;) , though I plan on trying down the road.

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My giant stone statues (moai) for my game Rapa Nui are made from Granitex. Really amazing stuff, seems like no matter how much you mix it and mess with it, it still retains that granite coloration.

One question about Sculpey: mine never seems to get hard enough (yeah, yeah). I mean, it's no longer maleable, but you can still carve it with a butter knife. Am I doing something wrong, or is that just how Sculpey works?

-- Matthew

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FastLearner wrote:
One question about Sculpey: mine never seems to get hard enough (yeah, yeah). I mean, it's no longer maleable, but you can still carve it with a butter knife. Am I doing something wrong, or is that just how Sculpey works?

-- Matthew

Not sure matthew, but I will let you know what happens once I bake my stones. Sadly the pictures above are pre-bake! I just started looking into this type of clay this week, but if I learn more I will let you know!

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FastLearner wrote:
My giant stone statues (moai) for my game Rapa Nui are made from Granitex. Really amazing stuff, seems like no matter how much you mix it and mess with it, it still retains that granite coloration.

One question about Sculpey: mine never seems to get hard enough (yeah, yeah). I mean, it's no longer maleable, but you can still carve it with a butter knife. Am I doing something wrong, or is that just how Sculpey works?

-- Matthew

Look into your thickness (yeah, yeah...) and the baking times you've used. Try adding a few extra minutes, as you've likely got a semi-solid core under a baked surface.

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One question about Sculpey: mine never seems to get hard enough (yeah, yeah). I mean, it's no longer maleable, but you can still carve it with a butter knife. Am I doing something wrong, or is that just how Sculpey works?

Bake 'em till they are crispy brown around the edges (seriously)

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Brahmulus wrote:

Bake 'em till they are crispy brown around the edges (seriously)

Well the first run I made, I was able to bake them a little longer without any burning and they are pretty hard.

The second run did not go as well and I did BURN the bottoms to a crisp :(

One different, which I am trying a second time tonight, let your models sit over night for 24 hours prior to baking. It seems to keep the pieces from burning in the oven. But I will verify this sometime this week for sure.

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Another way to avoid burning might be to place a sheet of parchment paper they use for baking on the bottom of the pan. I've never tried this with sculpey, but it works for cookies so I bet it would work for clay too.

Also, if your clay doesn't get hard enough when you bake it then dip it into clear polyeurethene, when it dries it forms a nice hard shell that would protect your project. Probably wouldn't want to do this with something that you were planning on molding since you would lose fine detail, but for prototypes it should work.

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Thanks, everyone. Great advice! I look forward to trying it again.

-- Matthew

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I like kneadatite, also called "green stuff"

you can get it from dick blick (www.dickblick.com)

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