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Celestia WIP How-To Tutorial Part 2 by Blackout-Comix Celestia WIP How-To Tutorial Part 2 by Blackout-Comix
Today I have the second part of my upcoming Celestia sculpt. She is nowhere near done, but she's coming along nicely.

I have been asked repeatedly to make a tutorial and since she's going to be my most involved and complicated sculpture to date, I figured it would be the perfect time to just get everything out. These multi-part WIP submissions should include everything I do when sculpting. I do not know how many parts this will end up being, but I'll keep making them until she's done.

I wasn't quite happy with this stopping point for Part 2, but there's going to be too much happening next to fit it all into a Part 2, so I decided to end Part 2 here.

If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Part 3: [link]

My Little Pony (C) Hasbro

Sculpture by :iconblackout-comix:
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Laila-the-cat Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't try it yet,but you are making an awesome job!
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izze-bee Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very nice thank you for putting this up!
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everdeer Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Hello! I am a bit confused as to one step of your process. Do you bake Celestia again and again as you add those fine layers. You discuss adding the layer to smooth out the seems and then talk about sanding, but certainly you can't sand unbaked clay. So super-sculpy can be baked repeatedly? I am about to start my first project with it and I find these tutorials very interesting!
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
That is one thing I could have made more clear. The Fimo and Super Sculpey can be rebaked again and again as long as it cools completely between bakings. Super Sculpey has a tendency to burn for thin pieces, but the Fimo never does. This sculpt introduced a 20% mixture of Super sculpey into the Fimo. This made the Fimo easier to work with, but still maintained the full properties of the Fimo, ie strong, flexible, and doesn't burn. With this blend, I add small layers to the baked sculpt and bake it again. After baking, I sand down the area and add more layers of clay and repeat until I'm satisfied. The only trick is to make sure the the sculpt isn't too thick as to crack and cool enough before being rebaked. Hope that helps. :)
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everdeer Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
It did help! I only have super-sculpy to work with. Can I do the same or should I definitely go by some fimo? I am still new to the different clay types.
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
If you are wanting to have thin pieces such as a horn or spikes, then using my techniques will probably result in burning it. Part of the problem is that Super Sculpey bakes at 275 while Fimo bakes at 230. Fimo's unique nature coupled with the low baking temp never result in burned clay. If you want to avoid any issues with thin pieces, then I'd recommend picking some up, if you decide to use my techniques. If you are just wanting to practice, then I wouln't bother, but if you are wanting to make a full finished work that contains thin pieces, then I would. There are ways to prevent Super Sculpey from burning with thin pieces, but it's a huge hassal that involves wrapping the thin pieces with damp tissue paper for each baking. :)
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everdeer Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
I definitely need to experiment. Can you remind me again Im sorry. Was it fimo or sculpy that made up the base? And fimo or sculpey used to smooth. After that I am done with questions and will totally buy fimo today when I get paints from AC Moore.
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
I used the Mixture (Fimo/sculpey 80/20) for everything. I spent a good deal of time creating a large stock pile of the blended clay and used it for every aspect of the sculpt. If you have any more questions later, I'd be happy to answer them. :)

Best of luck.
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everdeer Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Ohhhh I see I see. You combined them to get the best of both properties and not have any burning or extreme bad stuff happened. I misunderstood that but reading back I see you said a 20% mixture etc. You are so obliging with your questions, it is very becoming :)
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Blackout-Comix Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Absolutely. It's having your cake and eating it too. Best of both worlds they say. :D

Thank you. I try to help wherever I can.

ps: Just because it's a possible question later, use the bake time/temp for the Fimo. Even though you've added Sculpey to it, don't change the bake time or temp.
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