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  1. Kneadatite Brown/Neutral found HERE. If you go way back, it was referred to as "Gas Tank Repair Kit", but that was in Ye' Olden Days of Sculpting. Gene Ah, the "Gas Tank Repair Kit" gambit! Tricksy. I will give it a try on my tester sculpt. This one may even survive with all its limbs attached! Thank you for the assist.
  2. I will try to mix & match, then. And, stupid question...brownstuff, also known as...? For those of us that started doing this last week. :) I'm relatively certain that a giant neon "newb" is flashing over my head right now.
  3. Another query. Mr. Weibe very consistently sports a jaunty olive in his sculpts. Does anyone know if this is simply a more yellow:blue ratio of the Stuff, or another material entirely? Many thanks. Julia
  4. The method you and Darkstar are talking about works Great for larger scales. I know a few mini sculptors out there that use a similar technique only reverse it. They sculpt the eye socket, let it cure, then add a ball of putty in for the eye and lids. The method I use was shown to me by Werner Klocke and I find it to be quite a bit faster and get great results in this small scale. I start with my basic head shape and have shallow eye sockets and the brow ridge formed. I keep the sockets quite a bit shallower than I need them because of the next couple steps. I take a fine, sharp needle and poke four very tiny holes straight in to the eye socket where the two corners of each eye will be. Like this: ( . . . . ) Imagine the parenthesis are the sides of the head and the four dots are the corners of the eyes. Then I use a very fine sharp tool to cut in a diamond shape for each eye and connect the dots like this: ( <> <> ) I finish the eyes by repeating another diamond around the first diamonds only a little bit larger and I cut the lines VERY lightly. This creates the eyelids. Easy peasey lemon squeezey. Gene Hah! Genius! Do you let the eye sockets cure completely before putting lids in them? And we're talking sewing needles here, not needle tools, right?
  5. Really, really helpful!! Thanks! I was highly annoyed by the little barflike chunks in my mixed batches, found it infuriating. Never have I heard of Skinner's Vaporizing Salve. I will look into it... every medium has its smoothing agent (lighter fluid, vaseline, etc.) but avoiding the trial and error is great. I'll see how I do from here on out, and I highly recommend Aves if you haven't tried it, for certain applications. By itself, it's not exactly tacky enough at this scale, but it's neat stuff and I use it for a lot of my larger scale work. So many more uses than taxidermy! Not that there's anything wrong with that, if it's what you're into.
  6. Thanks! That was the answer I was looking for. A vulcanized rubber mold makes for about 350 degrees and 1200 psi, so ixnay on the wax...that explains a lot. So, epoxies and polymers it is...my little female barbarian is just going to have to come to completion as-is or go to the abandoned pile. I've heard of some people mixing Aves and Green Stuff, perhaps I'll give that a whirl. I really appreciate the help, guys! Hopefully, I'll have something to post in the near-term.
  7. Greetings. I'm doing a test mini in Reaper scale using one of your pre-fab armature. I quite dutifully began in the Green Stuff, I will confess that epoxy putty in general makes me nuts, and I would dearly love to just transfer the thing into tooling wax. Does anyone know if this is ok? I know that wax is fairly common for prototypes in larger scales, but I didn't want to assume anything at this scale. I would, of course, be using a very firm wax. A lot of those greens look awfully like Castilene-green, but I wasn't positive, since there's obviously a lot of different media being used by different sculptors. Does anybody know what the materials menu looks like? I heard, third-hand, that your very helpful sculptors at the Gencon booth mentioned that aside from Green Stuff, some people use Sculpey and Fimo, but that seems insanely soft for things this small. Heat gun? Also, any suggestions for books/DVDs/online blogs/anything-at-all to figure out these techniques in the meantime. Or, I'll just muddle along with my occasional tourettesian cursing outbursts. Many thanks in advance, Julia
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