Smoothing bumpy WED clay

Discussion in 'Sculpture and Makeup Effects' started by wholesomejoe, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. wholesomejoe

    wholesomejoe Active Member

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    What is the best way to accomplish this? Seems like a never ending battle.
     
  2. imnotahero

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    A pass with a sculpting rake, then spray with a mist of water, then a pass with a reticulated sponge, then a pass with a ceramic sponge.
     
  3. wholesomejoe

    wholesomejoe Active Member

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    Can you expand on what a reticulated sponge and a ceramic sponge are?
     
  4. imnotahero

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    Reticulated sponge is something like a fish tank filter sponge, you can find those at a pet store:
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    And a ceramic sponge is the kind of sponge they have by the sculpting or pottery stuff in Michaels or AC Moore:
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    Basically they work like finer and finer rakes for the clay.
     
  5. clonesix

    clonesix Sr Member

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    you need a metal kidney: 16094.jpg
     
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  6. Yodajammies

    Yodajammies Sr Member

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    Makeup sponges from the dollar store make fantastic smoothing tools.
     
  7. Mr Mold Maker

    Mr Mold Maker Sr Member

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    Just a tip, don't drown the WED clay in water. If you keep spraying and spraying it, it will turn into a terrible soupy mess of clay. It will be a never ending battle against the clay.

    I tend to use 99% alcohol when smoothing Water Based clay, as it softens the surface enough, without breaking it down completely.
     

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