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How-To: Custom Sculpting Tools 1 by BlackHoleInAJar How-To: Custom Sculpting Tools 1 by BlackHoleInAJar
This is my first tutorial on DA!:dummy:
I've seen a lot of sculptures on here of dogs, rodents and other furry creatures. And knowing how hard it is to make fur or feathers and how LONG it takes to make them look right, I figured that I should show how to make a feathering tool to speed up the process.

DISCLAIMER: You have to know how use this tool, it's not gonna make the fur or feathers just happen. You're still going to need to use a single needle tool.
Logo(s) owned by me.

If you use this, be sure to give credit and send me picture.:D
Other tutorials of mine:

Stocks and Brushes used:
paper_texture_by_knightfall_stock
Grunge_Brushes_09_by_KeReN_R
Spatter_animated_GIMP_brush_by_mesilliac
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Glacialwolf13 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks for the tutorial, i'm new on sculpting so would you mind telling me how to use this? thanks!
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, this shows how to make a feathering tool but the same general idea can be used for making other tools as well.

You use a feathering too to create feather or furry/hairy effects and textures. You sort of lay the tines on the surface you're sculpting and rake in lines through it by pulling back and you repeat until you get the desired effect. This tool is not perfect (no tool really is but you know what I mean) and I found that this style of feathering tool didn't really work as well as I liked. I've since then made a better one with thin stainless steel wire loops and epoxy.

With any feathering tool, at least as far as I know and have experienced, you will have to go over your work with something to smooth out the tool marks. Lets say you use Sculpey; when your done feathering, you carefully use a brush with some Sculpey Clay Softener (or possibly turpentine) to smooth it all out.

That any help?:)
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Glacialwolf13 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yes it did, thanks!
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Great tips!
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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random-wish Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Professional General Artist
Do you know where they have tutorials on how to use tools like these?
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Unfortunately, no, and there doesn't appear to be any on DA. I thought about making one but I don't know yet.
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random-wish Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
I hope you decide to one day :)
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Keep an eye out, I might come up with something.;)
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etty1999 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
GOD BLESS ! AMEN !
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