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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.
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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WITCH83 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD so much attention to detail. Your modeling has become very beautiful
Fragile-Junk Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Thank you so very much for the tutorial.
AyshaLight Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
wau, amazing
Deec98 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
This. Is. ANAZING!! *-*
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
Pyramidcat Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011   Artisan Crafter

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.
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
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.
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:
Pyramidcat Featured By Owner May 9, 2011   Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, glad I could be of help ^_^
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