I’m no sculptor. Plain and simple. That’s a whole other hobby in itself that I have no knack for. But there are some easy things that can be done with a little bit of Sculpey that can add some flavor to your latest diorama or gaming project. Anyone can roll Sculpey into balls or into ropes. Here are a couple of projects that I knocked out this week using these very simple methods.
First is a set of totems. These are generic enough they can be used in just about any setting. The tools I used were pliers, nail clippers, hobby knife, tweezers, some floral wire, and a lighter. I also gathered some plastic skull beads, dollar store skull rings from the Halloween season and some plastic teeth from a dollar store necklace.
I rolled some “logs” of Sculpey about an inch thick and stuffed some skull beads into the sides. I cut off the ring part of the skull rings and stuck the remaining skulls onto the logs. Then I rolled them out some more. This gave the appearance that the skulls were in the logs. I stuck some plastic teeth and some tips of dental flossers in them and then I took the tweezers and scrapped vertical lines to emulate tree bark.
I cooked the Sculpey according to the directions and after about 15 minutes I removed the totems and noticed that both the larger sculls and teeth had partially melted.
Cool. Bonus side effect! But now I had an unattractive gap around the skull. After I base coated the totems brown I took some yarn and some superglue and wrapped the skull to look like rope.
A bit of dry brushing:
Nothing special here but with the 2 foot rule they’ll work great for objective markers, check points, spawning sites, triggers or just good creepy decoration.
Next, with the extra material to work with I rolled out a thin rope of Sculpey about 2mm thick, cooked and sliced it into candle sized pieces.
I cut a generous length of floral wire and using pliers I heated it with the lighter until it was red hot (a candle would probably be a better idea here).
I carefully plunged it into the top of the Sculpey cylinder and let it cool off.
Next cut the wire with the nail clippers.
You can use them at this point or paint them whatever color you need. I used the lighter again to add some charred effects to the outer edge trying to get an added creepy effect.
Two Sculpey projects so easy that even I can do them! Give it a try and see what you can come up with.