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Teemo Sculpture Progression by LeiliaClay Teemo Sculpture Progression by LeiliaClay
I thought it might be fun to post a little step-by-step photo of how Teemo was made. :) You can see the finished sculpture here:



1: First I created a wire armature for support. This step is super important for larger sculptures, especially one that it going to be upright like Teemo. I used 16 gauge wire for this particular sculpture. Once the armature is done, I cover the bulkiest parts with tin foil. This reduces the amount of clay I need to use, and makes the sculpture lighter as well.

2: Now I start bulking out the entire sculpture with clay. I use a combination of Super Sculpey and Sculpey Firm polymer clay.

3: Here you can see where I started refining details on the face.

4: At this point most Teemo's face and body have been sculpted. I've also added fur texturing, and sculpted his pants and boots. You will also notice I chopped off his gloves as well. I didn't like the way they looked, and they were getting in the way of detailing his lower half.

5: Lots of detail work here! I've added the fluff around his neck, his telescope, flute, and the bags and maps to his back. The only thing left is his hat and hands.

6: Here Teemo has been completely sculpted. I've also done some sanding in parts that needed it, and he has been primed using Kylon gesso spray and ready for paint!

7: Now the painting is completed. For paints I use acrylic craft paint that you can find at the craft store. The main brands I use are Folk Art and Ceramcoat. I also tend to water the paint down some so that it keeps it looking smooth. It is better to paint multiple thin coats of paint than it is to paint a couple thick clumpy coats.

8: And now with the finished base! I used wood stain on the base and added a few coats of Varathane's water-based Polyurethane to make is look glossy. Model kit turf was applied using scenic cement. The mushroom was sculpted and painted along with Teemo. To protect the paint on Teemo he was sealed using Testor's Dullcote, with Varathane's added to a few parts to make them shine.

I hope this little step-by-step was helpful in some way! If you enjoy seeing my sculpting process, I would recommend dropping my by Tumblr account([link]) as I often post progress photos and answer sculpting questions there! :)



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cherskelle Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
He looks so cute; very well done! The details and textures really add to the piece!

And would you mind if I asked you a question about sculpting? If you don't want to answer it, you can just ignore it!
Is it absolutely necessary to prime the sculpture before you paint it? What difference is there between a primed and a not primed sculpture for the final product?
I tried Googling it but I couldn't find anything that I wanted to find out. Thank you for your time!
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :) 

As far as primer goes, I highly recommend it. It will make a huge difference in the ease of painting your piece. Primer serves several functions. The main thing primer does is create a surface that sort of "grips" the paint, making paint application much easier. It also adds some strength to your sculpture, as well as makes the paint coat less likely to chip off.

If you are working with polymer clay, you do need to be cautious about the type of primer you use. Certain types of spray primers can react with the clay and become sticky or tacky. Always test new primers before you use them on a full sculpture. I have good success with Krylon Colormaster Primer, it is the primer that I use on all my pieces.
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cherskelle Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
No problems; you are a very talented sculptor!

Thank you for all the information, it helps a lot!
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WickedMinish Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cute, love it

Hm maybe I'll try some sculpting sometime
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! You definitely should, it is a lot of fun! :D
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Thraggdrasil Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional Filmographer
looks suuper good, very professional.  Questions!!:

  how do you anchor your armature to your base? screws or something?

and

 how shaky is your model while you are workign with it, do you need to hold onto it to steady it while ur working, or is your armature rock-solid and you dont need to touch it..

 i have like 50 1/4 worked on/ finished models, and i always seem to have an unstable armature which is a total pain in the butt..

 thanks!!!
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)

I actually tend to keep my sculptures separate from the base while working on them, so that I can easily move them around to get small details and such.  At the end I attach the figure to the base using Apoxie sculpt.

I usually hold my sculptures with one hand while I am working on them(since I don't secure them to the base), so I've never noticed any issues with it being shaky.  I would make sure you are using a thick gauge wire to give some extra support to your armature.
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Thraggdrasil Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional Filmographer
hmmm, yesss, yess.. good to know!!  It's very interesting to see (or read) how other ppl work.  thank you very much!
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AnarchyWolfKira Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
congrats on the DD!
i have a question, what do you use to sand down the sculpture, what kind of sand paper i mean, and where can it be found?
i try googling it but i keep coming up with 'Sand Sculptures' on the beach lol
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!  As far as sanding sculptures goes, I usually get sand paper kits sold at my local hobby store.  They come in small sheets that have about 5 different "grits" to them.  The sheets are flexible and reusable, and can be used wet(you want to wet sand your sculptures to avoid inhaling the dust that the clay an give off while sanding.)  This is the product that I usually use: www.amazon.com/Sandpaper-Carde…

I wrote a little more extensively about sanding in a tumblr post here: leiliaclay.tumblr.com/post/440…

I hope that helps some! :)
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sverigeundschweden Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
can i put normal clay in the oven? I mean, can I cook normal clay in a normal oven?
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Again, I really don't know what clay you are referring to as "normal" clay. :) Polymer clay is the only clay that I know of that should be put in the oven, and you can use a regular kitchen oven to bake it in.
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sverigeundschweden Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
anyway, thank you very much! you are very kind, I also have to say that I love your sculptures ;) they look so professional, that's the reason why I decided to ask someone like you.
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh gosh, thank you so much! ^_^ I'm always happy to help answer sculpting questions to the best of my ability! :)
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sverigeundschweden Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
nice job! what is the difference between polymer clay and normal clay?
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)

There is all different types of clay, so I'm not really sure what you mean by normal clay. :) Polymer clay needs to be baked in an oven to be hardened. It very easy to work with and never dries out or hardens until it is baked!
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Faye-Fox Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Quick question, the figurines I have made from Sculpey seem to get brittle over time and break, does this happen to yours? I use the colored sculpey.
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hmm, I haven't really noticed a change in the brittleness of my sculptures over time. I don't work much with the colored sculpey, do you use any kind of sealant after the pieces are finished to protect them? I coat my smaller and more fragile pieces with multiple coats of glaze. Since I paint my pieces this protects the paint from chipping, but it also helps strengthen the overall piece and keep it from breaking.
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Faye-Fox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Good point, I glazed only the area's that needed shiney-ness, but I don't paint or put any sealant on them. I did though get some super Sculpey and Sculpey firm, some wire and a base or two (along with paint and primer) I just have been working and going to school XD I'll play around with it some day........ ~sigh~
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rieta Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
GG on the DD!
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! ^^
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Bodeen27 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Haha.. This is Excellent! ;)
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I'm glad you like it. :)
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BeppasCreations Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Good idea, I should try a wire!
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, wire is definitely your friend in sculpting! XD
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BeppasCreations Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:)
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frizuravarju Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cute! :aww: You totally inspired me to try some sculpting! I think the last time I did it was in elementary school, haha :)
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! Ah, that's awesome, nothing makes me happier than knowing that I inspired others to try sculpting. It's such a fun craft! :D
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sorry for spamming, I forgot to ask to things: when priming, do you use a can primer(in spray) or brush it on from a bottle? :) Also, the nose on pic 3 has a different colour, was it pre-baked and then attatched to unbaked clay? :) Can you do that with sculpey? (never used it *_*) Sorry for all the questions, love this progess, you are truly talented! :heart:
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No worries!
For the primer I'm currently using Kylon brand gesso spray([link]). It works well enough, though sometimes it doesn't go on quite as smoothly as I would like, and I have to do a bit of sanding after the application.

Good eye on the nose! It was actually made from Apoxie sculpt. It's a type of air drying sculpture material that I've started using along with the Sculpey. I mostly use it to reinforce fragile areas since it it very strong once it hardens. I just happened to have a little extra left over so I ended up using the rest to make his nose. ;) You can definitely pre-bake parts of Sculpey and attach them to the unbaked clay, I often do this when sculpting the eyes on pieces.

No worries on the questions, I love answering sculpting questions! :D
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thank you for the answers! :D I asked because I had a weird experience with a (what should be) a proffessional grade spray can primer. I used it on a hard polymer clay once (but it was a non-popular brand one, not sculpey or fimo) and it worked okay, but after a few days when I wanted to actually paint it, I've noticed the primer is 'on the move' ^^ It was partially hard, partially not, definatelly not suitable for further work, so the whole thing went to the bin (was too lazy to dissolve it off) :XD: I had no idea why it happened, but since then I am scared to use primers on polymer clay. The primer was a car-decor-indoor-outdoor one, and I had acrylic sprays from that company and they worked great! That's why it was a real surprise for me that it happened ^^; I'm assuming that it could've been my no-name, weird polymer clay's fault, and that next time, I better get me a supply of Sculpey or Fimo or something :D
Apoxie sculpt sounds great, I have used 2-part epoxy putties before, they are really great to work with, form and so on, and they are smoothed out nicely with water too ^_^ Unfortunatelly, I discovered epoxies irritete my skin pretty badly, so I try to mix the two parts in gloves, but I usually end up forming it bare-handed and have the reaction on my hands anyway :lmao:
Anyway, thanks again! Have a good day ;) :heart:
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah man, that sucks. Yeah, any type on sprays can sometimes have weird reactions with polymer clay, I'm always terrified to try anything new for fear of bad reactions like that. o_o I've been using the Krylon gesso for about a year now without any issues luckily. :)

I'm still trying to get the hang of Apoxie sculpt. I love using it to reinforce thin areas or to fill in cracks or gaps. I've been trying to use it some for general sculpting, and I have a lot of difficulty with it, though. It's just so different from Sculpey, and the fact that it hardens within a couple hours can be challenging! Eek, that stinks about it irritating your skin! It doesn't seem to bother me, though I do think it has kind of an odd smell when it's still soft.
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:iconunconventionalsenshi:
You're a genius!!!
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahaha, I wouldn't say that, just a lot of practice and researching other sculptor's tutorials and such. ;) Thank you, though! ^__^
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unloved-poet Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
This has inspired me to make a Fizz sculpture for my fiance. Can't decide if I should include one of his sea creature companions or not lol
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww, that's awesome! :D I'm so glad to have inspired more sculpting. ^_^
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XPantherArtX Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very nice! I love seeing the process!
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! :D
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Alistu Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quick question after having looked at your tumblr; where do you buy your wooden bases from? Or do you make them yourself? I've never been able to find any as small as you seem to have.
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The larger ones like I used for Teemo I find in the wood crafts section at the craft store(Michaels or Jo-Anns are were I shop the most).

If you are talking about the tiny bases I used for pieces like Leona([link]), those are actually something I kind of improvised on. In reality they are supposed to be wooden checker pieces! the only store I've ever been able to find them in is Hobby Lobby. Here is a link to the exact ones that I use: [link]
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Alistu Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the link. Items like wooden figure bases are quite hard to find in craft stores in the UK. At least the ones I've been to. There also really aren't that many craft stores around where I live anyway.
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, that's a real bummer. :/
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KINLINK Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
amazing! I love it! Great work!!
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much! :)
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SageFutarki-Angel Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are absolute awesome
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LeiliaClay Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Haha! I'm not so sure I'm all the awesome, but thank you very much! :D
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SageFutarki-Angel Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You are awesome!
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