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Yes, I switched to ball bearings a few months ago, buying several different sizes.  It saves me about an hour worth of time not having to form my own and then wait for them to harden before adding muscles and the like.

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does he get cast as is or cut into pieces?  Do you usually plan areas to chop ahead of time and does that ever change how you sculpt the mini?  Just curious- watching wips always makes me want to figure out how it works!  thanks for all the great details!!

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does he get cast as is or cut into pieces?  Do you usually plan areas to chop ahead of time and does that ever change how you sculpt the mini?  Just curious- watching wips always makes me want to figure out how it works!  thanks for all the great details!!

 

This one is a one piece mini (though I guess it will be getting a wild elf rider along the way, not done by me; it is a collaborative project).

 

Yes, I plan ahead for which pieces will need to be cut and where.  Sometimes, like with the wyvern, I cut them off before the sculpt is finished and then reattach them as I do the final details of the join.  Other times, I cut them apart with my jeweler's saw after sculpting is finished, then add tabs and fix the damage before sending them to the casters. Still other times, I sculpt the parts totally separately (like I did with my crab claws and spider legs), only joining them to the sculpt briefly for fitting and adding tabs. There are also ways of setting up the armature to make it easier to remove a limb or other protruding item, but that is hard to explain without a picture (and I haven't done it much).  

 

All this needs to be thought out and planned before/while you create your armature.  Engineering the sculpt after you are done sculpting is not advisable, but possible.  

 

I will actually be doing this sort of work in the Dragon-kin post in the next week, as the dragon's horns will have to be a separate part and I will be setting it up (probably in the next day or so) so the horns can be cast together, but cast separately from the head and body.  I'll try to show the process there.

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So the client has cast the terror bird and asked for a variant pose.  He sent the green back to me (now brown due to the vulcanization process).  I cut it up tonight, re-positioned it, and filled the joints to stabilize and underpin them. It shouldn't take me too long to make the variant.

 

Cut out and re-position:

 

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Filling the joints:

 

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Have a great night,

 

Andy

 

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Wow, that took awhile between posts. Darn you, life! Why must you get into the way!?!? *shakes fist at the sky*

 

So happy that it's back, can't wait to see how it turns out!

Actually it was less about life and more about the time it took to cast the original and send it back to me for changing.

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Today I fixed the feet and legs.  I still need to add some feathers to the top of the one leg, but the scale there is fresh and I want to wait until it cures.

 

(Sorry for the low image quality, but I took this on my phone.)

 

 

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Have a good day,

 

Andy

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