This month I'd like to share with you some of the ways you can make your own sculpting tools -
- Craft sticks can be whittled, sawn, and sanded in many different configurations. These simple tools are some of my favorites for working with Creative Paperclay® modeling material
- Dowels can also be used in a number of ways; the wooden dowels shown above, from bottom to top, are; dowel with large needle inserted and glued into the end (drill hole first, then insert with pliers), dowel with sewing needle inserted so that the eye of the needle can be used as a tiny gauge, hardwood dowel turned on a lathe, with a small scoop carved onto the end, craft dowel shaped into large rounded sculpting tool.
- Next up is a piece of hard plastic tubing, with stainless steel shapes inserted. Small pieces of sheet metal from the hardware or craft store can be cut with a jeweler's saw into any configuration that suits your sculpting needs.
- Plastic erasers can also be cut down to shape when you want a soft touch (works really well with soft material like Delight™ Air Dry Modeling Compound) adjust the flexibility of the tip by making the shaft longer or shorter. The tips can be made to fit in a pencil extender, as shown.
- Bent plastic coated wire is another easy tool to make for scraping away clay
Have fun creating your own tools, they are often better than purchased tools since they're created just to fit YOUR needs!