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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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:iconblackholeinajar:
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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:iconblackholeinajar:
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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PinkyTexan Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I like your tutorials. I use all sorts of things for tools that aren't specifically made for the way I use them. I love going to the dollar store and finding all sorts of things that I can re-purpose.
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, thank you.:)
I've never done that before. Most of my tools that I've made have been composed of wire or stuff I found or stuff my dad gave me. Cheap as free.:XD:
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MissAnnThropia Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice tutorial, I haven't thought of it before :)

One critique though, your huge dark logo in the background makes text difficult to read. Either put it on the top, bottom or corner (not below the text), or keep it veeery subtle, just a nuance lighter or darker then the background. I'm a professional designer so trust me on this one ;)
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
There you go, is that light enough?
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MissAnnThropia Featured By Owner May 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I don't remember how it was before, but when I lean back on my chair it's still a bit too to scan the text with no effort. In this case I would rather make it lighter than the background (a transparent white overlay), or reeeeealy really subtle.. almost invisible :)
You really don't need that huge logo, and if someone's going to steal your tutorial they'll do it regardless since there's no name/url on it ;)
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
Yeah, maybe you're right. I should probably lighten that up a bit.
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ChoirOfOneVoice Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Student
This type of tool is also helpful for making fur on scratchboard. :D
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, it would. I didn't think of that.
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tyney123 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Really helpful! Thanks! x
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:iconblackholeinajar:
BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional
cool
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Wood-Splitter-Lee Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow so helpfull! :wow:
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I did my best to make it professional and coherent.
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Wood-Splitter-Lee Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Indeed you did a fantastic job! :nod:
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ummm... I felt like I should tell you about this. I just tried my tool and it just didn't work. The grooves were fat, sloppy, took chunks of clay up with it and just didn't work right. I don't know if I'm going to be able to amend the tutorial or just delete it and start over.
So just hang on for awhile, I'm gonna have to... do something...
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Wood-Splitter-Lee Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Its ok, :thanks: this just means that the next tool you make will be an improvement! Working better, faster and greater effects! :clap:
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
There, I fixed it! Just needed another step.:D
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Wood-Splitter-Lee Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
:wow: very epic! :clap:
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Umm, okay.:D Thanks.
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