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Sculpting is an art and not a science so these are guide lines and not hard and fast rules.  The only hard rule is that it takes time and you don't also get it right the first time.  If you don't like it, tear it off and start over again, and have fun these are toys.


Sculpting materials are of 3 types, Air Dry (Crayola Model Magic), heat dry (Sculpey) and Chemical Cure (epoxy putty).  All have their advantages and disadvantages, here are a few.  Model Magic, water based, accepts most paints, easily sculpted while wet but not once it has dried, some flexibility but brittle and will break easily when dry, does not permit fine detail. Sculpey, can be sculpt wet or dry (you may need a Dremal motor to cut it when dry) accepts most paints, available in many colors but must use heat to cure which may damage plastic parts, Sculpey may also shrink when heated.  Epoxy Putty, easily sculpted when soft or hard (again a Dremal tool may be needed) paintable, cures with minor heat generated, limited working time due to the chemical curing process.

The sculpting process is the seeing of a form within the mass of the putty and freeing this shape by removing bits and pieces.  You start with a glob of the putty which you form to the general shape you want with your hands. Attach it to the figure and using a knife or some other small instrument scrape and remove small amounts of the putty to give a more refined sculptured detail.  Using the sharp point of the knife or a pin or needle, draw in detail such as hair line, structures within the ear and lightly cut away putty that is not needed.  Use your fingers or toothpicks to smooth areas, when possible use water or solvent on a paint brush to smooth or contour the putty.  When it is finished, set it aside to dry or bake it as needed.  Once dry, paint it the color that you wish and than reexamine it to see any small details that need to be corrected.  You can use fillers, I use Elmer's Glue to fill in small defect on Model Magic, or trim away small pieces to correct defects that you missed the first time. If it still doesn't look like you expected, tear if off and start over again.  Three things that you must do to sculpt is practice, practice, practice and have fun..

*Sculpting tip provided by Chuck MacMonegle