Anonymous said: Can you pretty please make a tutorial I'm really struggling with the whole foil over wire thing and I'm also confused but how you make your clay so smooth. If you do make a tutorial thank you
I don’t have any recent tutorials but I have several older ones and other random resources on my FAQ page here and on my site, http://quequinoxart.com/faq.html
Here’s a quick link to tutorials I have on deviantart as well: http://scenceable.deviantart.com/gallery/6715130/Tutorials
For the foil and wire, one thing I almost always do is set my armature with apoxie sculpt to harden it and keep it from shifting around. It’s not necessary but makes life much easier.
For the smoothing thing, I do my baking in stages (there’s a tutorial on that) so I always have a surface to hold onto. I also use clay softener or mineral oil to smooth the clay before I bake it. Hope that helps! :)
Anonymous said: I love you work! Can you recommend other sculpting blog? It seems like most people work in polymer clay make tiny food and cartoon style things which is cool but different style. I'd love see more of realistic style sculpting like yours.
Thank you! I totally can recommend some awesome art blogs:
I wish I had more to give you! If anyone else has cool art blogs to follow (especially personal “artist on tumblr” type ones for sculpting) feel free to let me know. Even if it’s your own personal one, I always like to see what other people are working on.
Anonymous said: Have you ever made a model horse out of just one brand of clay? If you did can I see it? Do you think new jersey wooly rabbit fur will be good for fluffy hair too?
Most of my sculpture are made from just sculpey (super sculpey and sculpey firm). I do any additional work after baking with apoxie sculpt though.
I have never used rabbit fur, I think it’s very fine and would be hard to work with but could end up looking very nice. Worth a try! :)
Anonymous said: Would it be bad if I bake polymer clay in a regular oven?
I’ve heard different things, a lot of people say not to since the chemicals getting in your food later can be bad for you. I don’t really see an issue if you use a separate baking tray and cover the top of the sculpture. I bake all my sculptures on their side on a bed of quilt batting, and it’s pretty easy just to lay another sheet of quilt over top of the sculpture.
I’ve also heard that using a regular oven is bad because the sculpture does not bake properly. Gas ovens tend to distribute heat a bit differently, so it might be hard to tell what temperature the sculpture is actually baking at. Most people recommend convection ovens. If you’re just starting out, use your kitchen oven and just keep the temperature lower than recommended and bake the sculpture a bit longer. For example if it says bake at 265 degrees bake it at 225 for an extra 10 minutes. You can also do bake tests; make a few disks of polymer and bake them at different temperatures for different times and see how they turn out. This is also helpful for you; properly cured clay has a different texture and feel to it especially when you carve it or break it (uncured clay crumbles), so this disk test is good training for you to be able to tell whether your sculpture is cured or not. Try different things with the disks, like cutting with an exacto, crushing with pliers, breaking with your fingers, etc
Personally, I have a separate small convection oven. I do this because 1. it takes forever for big ovens to heat up, 2. my big oven is not a convection oven 3. I’m lazy and can just keep the tray and quilt in the separate oven at all times 4. the small convection is portable so was good back in the day when I visited home more often 5. the small oven has a timer that shuts off which is good because I forget to shut my big one off all the time.
I got my little one at walmart like 5 years ago for about $100. It’s a Hamilton Beach rotisserie thing with a convection setting.
Some other tidbits: don’t preheat your oven! Put the sculpture in at the beginning, and subtract the preheat time from the overall time. Also do NOT remove the sculpture until the oven has full cooled. The sculpture should not be warm to the touch when you take it out. This prevents cracks or “moonies” from forming. Finally, I personally always err on the side of baking at lower temperature for longer, since I can tell when my sculpture is cured by touching it. That’s why doing a disk test can be really helpful :)
mcerskine said: Hey! I'm fairly new to polymer clay and I'm hoping you can shed some light on something for me. Do you have any idea what the longevity of a finished piece is? Like, does the clay start to crumble after ten years or anything like that? I coat most of my stuff in water based varathane to protect any mica embellishments so hopefully that will help? Any info would be much appreciated!
I’ve actually never been asked this! Polymer clay, when cured properly should absolutely last forever! The varnish helps keep the paint safe. But you shouldn’t have a problem! For mine, I might worry that after 10 years or so the glue that holds the hair on might loose some integrity but it hasn’t been an issue so far. :)
Anonymous said: I find you as a big inspiration for me, I want to start sculpting horses like you. But the problem is that there is many kinds of clays and I don't know which will suit a newbie or has the longest cure time. The three clays that get me stump on are: Polymer clay, apoxie sculpt, and magic sculpt. Which do you think it best for me?
Polymer clay and apoxie are both good depending on style. I think I used magic sculpt once and hated it but I might be thinking of the wrong thing. Polymer you have to bake, apoxie air dries. Because apoxie air dries I find I tend to do small layers and build it up slowly, whereas I can make larger parts at once with polymer. Polymer is a lot easier to work with and is not as messy. Plus, apoxie can be bad for your skin if you use it a lot. If you check out my FAQ section I have a few tutorials on baking polymer clay that might be helpful :) Good luck!
Anonymous said: Hi, just wondering do you do commissions? Thnx :)
I am not doing commissions at the moment, no, sorry!