I figured I would post something interesting here, since I haven’t for quite some time :) I asked my Instagram followers if they would be interested in a toolkit tour, a couple of them said yes so here we go! Hopefully it will be useful to some of you :D
I do most of my sculpting with these few tools; I guess I’m just used to them now and I don’t even think about switching between them so much, except when I need a specific tool for a specific job:
- a small metal spatula,
- two rakes of different sizes,
- a lemon zester!
- my trusty Opinel knife, very sturdy and compact,
- an exacto blade knife.
That one is my tool of choice, I can sculpt mostly everything with this; it’s from a cheap wax sculpting toolset from Ebay or something.
The two rakes are homemade tools, I used guitar and bass string and some brass tubing to make those, following the great tutorial by Shannon Shea of the Stan Winston School (I highly recommend their classes by the way, they have a three-day trial and you can access them all during that time).
They are great little rakes, they help to even out a rough surface.
Now, that lemon zester is really amazing, no joke. I first heard about it from Don Lanning, again from Stan Winston School sculpting videos, and I went on purchasing a vintage one from Ebay. And look at that, it’s just great!
These are the other tools I have that I pick up if I need something specific (although I normally forget to use them), so from left to right:
- three metal tools from the same set as my favourite one, quite useful to have them,
- a small chisel from a linocut set, that I like to use for carving in paperclay for example,
- three metal loop tools to cut and carve away,
- the next five are ball tools of different sizes, originally intended for nail art and cake decorating, which are useful for eye sockets amongst other things; I used them for Louie’s articulations for example,
- and also rubber clay shapers; the ones I have are not stiff enough so they don’t work out so well for the hardest clays but with water-based clays it’s great to have them around. I need some new ones :D
Other useful stuff
And finally, the additional bits and pieces that I need:
- wire and pliers for armatures! I have thicker wire also but this is great because it fits in the kit,
- a piece of wax paper I like to carry in case I don’t find a clean surface to work on,
- a latex glove if I need to spray stuff,
- quite the collection of needles, working with felt sometimes I have to stitch stuff,
- I don’t know why I have two pairs of scissors but hey, two is better than one!
- spare blades for the exacto,
- black and white Posca and some pencils,
- a tape measurer,
- some elastic I need for my current project.
This is what it looks like closed, complete with a Toy Chronicle sticker! ;D
If you have any questions at all, leave a comment here or on Instagram where I am most of the time! Also I would love to hear about your own tools, what is your favourite tool and why? See you next time!