Predator Skull Trophy

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brandonstudio

New Member
Hi community,

This is my first post here and I just recently came across it. I'm new to sculpting and never considered making props as a hobby, but here I am! I watched a Stan Winston video where a creature skull trophy is made out of polystyrene, and I thought i would have a go at it. I have never carved before, so lets see if I can make this without destroying it :) Ive inserted the reference photo and my current work in progress photos.

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Too Much Garlic

Master Member
Looks really cool. One suggestion though would be to slim the teeth and jaw spikes down, so they don't look so massive. I think that would make the whole thing look better than it already does.
 

brandonstudio

New Member
Looks really cool. One suggestion though would be to slim the teeth and jaw spikes down, so they don't look so massive. I think that would make the whole thing look better than it already does.
Thanks mate, a good call, I will take your advice. Are you meaning the bone thickness of the articulating carapace, or the actual claw that is on its end?
 

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brandonstudio

New Member
Good job, love the finish you´re getting.
What are you using to harden it?
Epoxy resin. If applied thinly it works well, a couple of coats were needed. However I used it thickly to try and smooth the holes where the dreadlocks would grow from and it dissolved the polystyrene. In some parts I painted the polystyrene first with acrylic paint to seal it. This resulted in a better finish, however I liked the slightly dissolved finish as textured it. But I lose control relying on the epoxy to do the texturing.
 

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