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Usagi Luna Sculpture Tutorial by Pyramidcat Usagi Luna Sculpture Tutorial by Pyramidcat

Here is the WIP for the sculpture I did of Usagi and Luna, found here. [link]

I was not aware of a resin kit available that had Usagi acting Usagi-like (for lack of better words lol ). So I thumbed through my anime books to see potential scenes. I decided on this one, found in book 3, or episode 10 where Usagi did not want to get on the bus. (Itís also the same episode that Rei first appears.)

For sculpting material, I had some old prosculpt light that was open and uncovered for 5 years. It was really hard and crumbly. I added a lot of prosculpt oil to make it soft again. I wear gloves for the most part when working with polymer clay. I was not sure if I had enough prosculpt when I started, so I bought super sculpey to try out when the prosculpt ran out. That is the darker colored clay in the later pics.

-the Hikawa sign is made out of fixit sculpt.
- I made an armature of wire and tin foil and attached it directly to the Hikawa sign. Then I layered on the prosculpt. I did many bakings for 5 min.
-I placed the entire base in the oven for each baking. The wood did not burn, but it was getting a bit warped from the repeated bakings.
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For painting:
I used liquitex gesso for primer. Then I painted a thin layer of acrylic craft paint. Then I use Artisan water mixable oil for the shading. Artisan paint is not very opaque, so having an under layer helps with coverage. The crescent moon on luna is testorís gold. Hopefully I put enough layers on top of the clay that the paint wonít eat through.


Usagi and Luna are copyrighted to Naoko Takeuchi
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kirika85 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D :D :D :D
That is very cool....
this is an fantastic work....
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WITCH83 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD so much attention to detail. Your modeling has become very beautiful
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Fragile-Junk Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Thank you so very much for the tutorial.
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AyshaLight Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
wau, amazing
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Deec98 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
This. Is. ANAZING!! *-*
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bread-doh Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
very nice! :)

anyway, did you use that clay softener to soften/smooth unbaked clay too? :o most people use some other solvents like alcohol or lighter oil, but i didn't see big difference from using them. :o
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Thanks^_^

It's just my sculpting style, that I favor to use much clay softener/smoothing oil. I have used alcohol before but I prefer the clay specific oil by far. But I am sure another sculpture can use alcohol and do amazing stuff, so a lot of times its just comes down to personal preference, which material an artist likes to work with.

Before I used polymer clay, I started to serious sculpt in Magic sculpt and with that I use much water to smooth out the clay during sculpting. For polymer clay, I could not use water, so I use a lot of clay softer/smoothing oil instead. It thins out the clay so that additional pieces can be added by only applying minimal pressure to the main part. Otherwise I would have to applied too much pressure to smooth out the newly created seamline and risk deforming the sculpt in the process. Sometimes I use too much oil, and the clay gets very very sticky and pasty >_< But then I just mix that into more regular clay to stiffen it up again.
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I really loved this sculpture and I'm so glad you made such a nice step-by-step to it :) I'm quite curious though, as I'm planning to make sth similar myself:is it safe to put the wooden base into the oven? Wouldn't wood catch on fire? *_* or maybe it's some special wood, heat-resistsnt??? Also, are there any specifications about what type of wire one uses for this type of sculptures? :O I want to buy some wire online because I'm not sure where to get the wire:shrug: Thanks in advance;p
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much!! ^_^
I used a regular wooden base from Michaels craft/art store. Originally I had thought the wood would burn as well, but I had seen someone else's WIP images of using a sheet of paper in the oven. I forgot what the purpose of that was, as I can't remember what website it was. So the wood did not burn, it did darken a little bit though after each baking. I was using a standalone Deni convection oven, and the temperature did not exceed 300F. Still I would monitor anything you place in the oven carefully, especially if you are using your home oven. Specifically I got the see-through oven so that I can watch whatever I put into it very carefully. If I had seen anything remotely resembling smoke/fire I would have been able to unplug the oven, quickly remove the cover, and fill the inside with water. The oven was maybe $120 including shipping, so it’s something to consider if you are going to be doing a lot of baking. Sculpey also make a standalone baking oven for about $50, though you can find it at Michaels and use a 40% coupon on it. The reason I didn’t get that one is because it is not entirely see-through, and it is a bit smaller. This sculpture would not have fit inside it.
As for the wire, I use 16 gauge wire, I have seen it at Michaels as well, in all different sizes/colors. The lower the number, the thicker the wire, so 22 gauge wire would be much thinner than 16 gauge. I'm not sure which online stores would be good it get it from, as I get mine locally, but any craft store should carry it.
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unconventionalsenshi Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Thank you so much for this reply!!!!
You can't believe how helpful it was :love:

I used to have the Deni-type oven but my dad through that away last year while moving for no apparent reason, he said it was never used (imagine my anger now, I could use it for clay! it was almost brand new, I can't believe my father sometimes, he gets rid of essential stuff just because he doesn't like clogged kitchen space :frustrated:)So I'm using a home oven working which is working on electricity so that's cool. I also purchased some bonsai wires recently as I've read they are suitable too and easier to bend ( I tend to cut myself with hard stuff always ;p) and some cool clay shapers so hopefully I will use these soon. I still need to get some piece of plywood and I can get started :la: Probably I will skip the planning/proportions measuring process due to excitement (which is sort of the most essential step for the final look *_*) and I will get to sculpting what I have in my head which will screw the first try up really much , haha. Either way, thanks for the informative answer and have a lovely day :rose: :aww:
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner May 9, 2011   Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, glad I could be of help ^_^
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miku177 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Thanks ^_^
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simoneevee8 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011
one word...AMAZING!!!
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Thanks ^_^
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PaigeRange Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Epic! Just WOW!
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011   Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much ^_^
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SeEun402 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work. Each step that you showed must have took a long time to do.
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Thanks!! Yeah it takes many hours ^_^
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CosplayPropsEtc Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010
It's amazing, the before shoots look like nothing will come of it, and then suddenly, it does. How long do you bake it for in between each time you do so? When do you stop to bake it between? I'm completely new at sculpting in parts like this, so this is really fascinating.
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Thanks ^_^ I bake when I’m done with an area and I don’t want it getting messed by working on another area. I also bake a rough shape on top of the armature so that I have something firm to push against when I’m sculpting. I only bake for like 5-10 mins, on lower heat also, around 220F. I do this because I want the clay to harden enough that it maintains it shape, but also still be soft enough that it is easy to sand and carve. The sculpture will be very fragile because it is not fully cured yet. even though I've been baking along the way, i do a final baking of the completed sculpture to the temp and time specified on the package of clay i used. different clays have different baking directions.

Search around for polymer clay baking methods. It seems a lot of people test out different temperatures and baking times to get the hardness they want. Some will just bake at a lower temperature but for many hours longer. I feel that baking polymer clay is like a whole art in and of itself. It can be a little nerve racking because you spend a long time sculpting something and then it could get messed up in the baking stage >_< Most important is to support the sculpture during baking, with wires, tin foil, etc, otherwise it will crack and break.
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pirateluv Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
wow, im speechless.this looks soo amazing ,really. you got skills :)
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! I'm glad you liked my WIP ^_^
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sofitssofi Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
it must of took all day
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010   Artisan Crafter
I thought I wrote it down how long it took me but I cant find the info anywhere. I'm remembering either 3 weeks or 2 months ^_^
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sofitssofi Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
O.O
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow great to see the process! I've tried this a few times with much fail. Great work!
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Aww you should try again!! Which character/scene did you want to do? I can sculpt/paint pretty good right now, but I didn't start out that way. In fact my stuff was pretty bad lol >_<

I love your collection ^_^
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :heart:

I have a degree in sculpture so this sort of thing usually comes naturally to me, but polymer clays are still things I'm learning about so I think I might need to be a little less ambitious xD
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010   Artisan Crafter
O really? That's awesome!! I never took sculpting classes and my art classes ended in first year high school, but I really wanted to in college, especially after watching Honey and Clover ^_^

Yeah polymer clays are tricky!! I usually sculpt in epoxy. I'm afraid if I'm getting the right baking temperature, or if the sculpture will degrade in time due to sun exposure ^_^
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sakkysa Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most of the clay stuff I do now is just accessories and stuff. I started a 10 Mercury figure once and got pretty far but then I got distracted xD
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MamaNekoSama Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2010
That is soooo NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAT!!!!!
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I'm glad you like it ^_^
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cl2007 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Student Artisan Crafter
nicely done tut! :clap:
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Thanks ^_^
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yingmakes Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, amazing! How did changing to the Super Sculpey help? Is SS stronger..?
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I only used the super sculpey when prosculpt ran out. Prosculpt is much stronger. Super sculpey is available to buy in the stores and prosculpt isnt. Super sculpey is also cheaper ^_^
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yingmakes Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ooh, ok. Fair enough! :D
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bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional
cool
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Thanks ^_^
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Ravenwolfslayer Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for sharing this, it helps to see how others sculpt and to what I think I can improve on when I see these kinds of tutorials. I'm sure I'm not alone on this line of thinking!
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010   Artisan Crafter
I'm glad you like it and can learn from it ^_^
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UnknownBlood Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nice
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010   Artisan Crafter
thanks ^_^
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HeyLookASign Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You know as a sculptor it is always intersting to see the WIP of something come together. Most of the time i dont have patience to keep taking pics of me while I'm making it, even tho it is really cool and useful to see...

Its intersting how u paint it afterwards. I mean u could use Sculpey 3 colored clay and Im sure it may be easier than to paint (esp the hard to reach spots) but again thats more a preference thing

GOOD JOB
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010   Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! Taking the pictures isn’t so bad, (I have a camera just for sculpting that is all covered in clay/paint) Its splicing them all together on the computer that takes me sooo long. I love to paint, maybe even more than sculpting, but it would be nice to have the base colors already there and just having to do the shading ^_^
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HeyLookASign Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah my friend also prefers to paint her figures, but see the thing is if u buy some Sculepy 3 colored clay then it saves a lot of the extra hassle/middle step. U can always touch up the final piece later with some paint (I do that)
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upload-image-here Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009
Cute. You're very talented at this, and it's a great learning experience to see your process.
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Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Thanks ^_^ I've learned alot from other ppl's WIPs so I'm glad that I can help others out as well
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