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Just made these within 15 minutes (stainless steel). Thanks for the thread!
Nice tools....care to elaborate on how you did it?
"You do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." ::c.s. lewis
whenever i have large sculptures i use these two tools, one is from a metal screw bar from a wooden cable spool (i have like 100 of these bars) and the other is from a round file that snapped i half but had a great handle so i couldn't resist. I also have around 15 or so wedge shaped to tear drop shaped tools from the bars i have (the bolt on the end is fantastic stop for your hand so if your going at it, it won't slip from your grip.) i'll take shots of it when i have time.
these are some tools I made with 5/16 dowel rods and some metal junk
thanks for the inspiration for these tools you guys!
sorry for crappy photo's only have a phone camera
it's a wonderful Idea
Im just starting to make my own sculpting tools now. This thread - the best thing ever for sculpture tool ideas. This will aid very much in the process! Thank you everyone who has contributed. Ill post some pics of my finished stuff after im done them!
I LOVE CRITIQUES
Thanks for the tutorial, but a quick question. if i use soft copper pipe instead of brass, would it still work?
Wow peeps!!!! Thanks for the information. This is a great thread. I really appreciate the work.
I used the tutorial, provided earlier to make my armature stand this past weekend. Worked liike a dream. I highly recommend that one, if you don't have one. It's not a complicated design, and you can save yourself a lot of heartache if you get the right parts.
The only thing I bought that wasn't on the list, is 2 12in rods instead of the 3foot piece. I just didn't see the need to purchase more than I needed for the project.
A few more new friends for the tool family:
From top to bottom:
- saw blades & wood
- guitar strings & aluminium tubing
- guitar strings & aluminium tubing
- brass & aluminium tubing
The grid in the background is in centimeters of course, not inches.
very usefull... i will try this at home..
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just for the pleasure of doing it...
good stuff. thx
I just want to anounce here, that I've made a blog about making sculpting tools. Even though it's more about sculpting tools for doing small scale sculpts, there might be some interesting things even for those who do their work in larger scale than 30mm or 54mm.
You can find the blog here:
for what this???
I had an idea today after reading this forum and decided it worked well enough I'd post the results. I made a set of sculpting tools today and all the materials cost me less than 5 dollars. Materials used were a wooden dowel (.56 cents) and wire (1.50 for nearly endless supply from craft store) as well as a couple of small nails I had laying around and some small braided copper wire.
Wooden dowels cut to 4" lengths
I then sharpened the dowels using a pencil sharpener) Keep the tips short because a sharp tip will cause problems on the drill press.
I then drilled holes in either end of the dowels. To do this I drilled a hole in a block of wood the same diameter as the dowel then placed the dowel in the hole to keep it level and stable while on the drill press.
I used the methods shown earlier in this thread to make my tool tips but I used nails instead of sewing needles.
Awesome thread! I'm going to be trying my hand at making my own tools...but I don't have a drill press, or even a hand drill, or a dremel...I'll have to take the poor man's ingenuity to the next level.....XD
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"I started to see human beings as little lonesome, water-based pink meat, life forms pushing air through themselves and making noises that the other little pieces of meat seemed to understand."
THIS IS USEFUL! once i get that stool, im getting that brick of clay down in chinatown!
BOOYA, great tips!
my book o' doodles
Interested in some Team CHOW? i'm all for it :3
hmm looks like im going to bust out some of my sculpting material funds for some new hand crafted tools ^____^
Some tools I've made (made while making this guy)
First one on the left of the three is the wrinklemaker. Most of the time, it's dragged round edge down. I drilled out a bunch of dowels, then stuck wire in as required. The rightmost one is filed flat on the inside so it scrapes away material instead of smoothing it. That's less on an issue with the middle one because I usually use it to dig in with the pointier corner.
These are made by putting the dowel in a drill press, holding a drill bit steady (I have a nifty little hand chuck for that), then pressing the bit upward into the dowel. While the dowel is still turning, I sand the end round so it doesn't get in the way of using it.
The wire for the two loop tools is bent back into barbs inside so they're pressed in, then stay put. The wrinklemaker wire is held in place by pushing the cut-off pointy end of a skewer into the hole.
That's a wire cutter, too. Made of heavy bamboo skewers and a high E string.
On the left are these:
That's a pointy, angle-ground chopstick, another that's been sanded into a dull blade, a fine skewer with a rounded end (surprisingly handy —you can poke things without making a hole) and the boring end of another tool.
A big, flat angle, useful for tucking folds, the boring end of a chopstick, a chisel end of a heavy skewer (with silicone tape bulking up the handle) and the pointy end of a fine skewer.
Two packages of skewers and one of chopsticks were about $4.50, total. The dowel was about 65¢. The music wire was around, but the stuff's cheap.
It was really fun making my own tools. They're imperfect, but by experimenting, I'll find exactly what I need.
Last edited by Joshua A.C. Newman; January 28th, 2010 at 02:05 PM.
some my homemade sculpting tools
well here are some of mine. they are a bit rusty from working with water based clay (used a normal nail). so i need to clean them up quite a bit now.
- Ruben -
here a few of my new tools
After seeing this thread I've been keeping my eye out for anything that will make a good tool tip. Bobby pins actually make good ribbon tool tips.
@RingerT: Nice ideas and tutorials, but quite hard to do, who has all that equipment ?
I made a quick start myself:
Picked some old brushes, cut the tip off, pierced it with a short needle and then cut it carefully in the length. Just so that it doenst break and put the needle and some glue in. Then I wrapped it all up in adhesive tape.
Just starting out with all of this so need all the breaks I can get thanks for all the info/. I'm lucky have access to a really good workshop, going to do all my shafts in bronze and silver solder when done I'll post if you guys are interested.
What would be your most used tolls ?
If anything real tricky I can mill it as well out off bronze.