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#46813
Clay - what kind? 1 Year, 8 Months ago  
I am interested in beginning to sculpt terrain pieces. I have some clay working tools (small ones) but I am unsure what kind of clay works best. What do you guys use? If andy DF artisans are reading - what do you guys use to make your masters?

Thanks in advance!
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#46821
Re:Clay - what kind? 1 Year, 8 Months ago  
Though I'm no DF artisan, I thought I still might offer you some direction in your quest to sculpt terrain...

Have you considered Sculpey Polyform Clay? Here is a link on amazon.

Good Luck!
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#46822
Re:Clay - what kind? 1 Year, 8 Months ago  
I'm joining my voice to Jericho's in trying to know what material Stefan is using for doing his original sculpts. I'm also very curious as to where one could acquire poly-stone resin and which material is appropriate to create a mold for such a resin?
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#46823
Re:Clay - what kind? 1 Year, 8 Months ago  
For the last piece I made, I used two types of clay. I first sculpted the base (and also a rough framework for the cave opening) with "Fimo" modeling material then baked it in the oven per the instructions to harden it. Then I used "Das" air hardening modeling clay to shape each boulder and stick it on the top and sides.



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#46830
Re:Clay - what kind? 1 Year, 8 Months ago  
biowizard wrote:
I'm joining my voice to Jericho's in trying to know what material Stefan is using for doing his original sculpts. I'm also very curious as to where one could acquire poly-stone resin and which material is appropriate to create a mold for such a resin?


Polystone is maybe something of a byword for a 2 part composite of Urethane or Polyester resins and stone powder. Which could be why it is so hard to find...I'm not even sure it is available to the public; in the isles of your local hobby stores that is.

As far as a mold for such a resin, polystone is not cast in an oven but done using the 'coldcast' method, so a silicone rubber would do the deed.
The master could be made from Sculpey polyform clay.

If you are in the States look into smooth-on.
If you are in Europe you might find smooth-on's EU supplier useful.

I hope that maybe this could help those of you interested, find what you're looking for.
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#46838
Re:Clay - what kind? 1 Year, 8 Months ago  
For miniatures I use a non hardening wax like plastiline....I only use water based clay for larger artistic projects...
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#46840
Re:Clay - what kind? 1 Year, 8 Months ago  
I've looked for polystone sources, but most places require you to request a quote so very little information about prices was available.
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#46841
Re:Clay - what kind? 1 Year, 8 Months ago  
Epoxy putty is what you want to use for sculpting miniatures:

www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/putty/latest/75007 -- brown

www.reapermini.com/OnlineStore/putty/latest/75006 -- green, softer, good for the tiny details

I use both for basing, modding existing miniatures, modding scenery pieces, and creating new things. For big stuff, epoxy putty is going to be expensive, but you can capture details with it.

I'm going to guess Dwarven Forge, and any other company that uses the stuff is not going to disclose their specific mixtures and techniques.
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