Hi ,i spent 35,5 $ in wood carving tools , was trying to sculpt heads in wood, but here in south america cant find soft wood like brasswood, although here are balsa wood, is ultra soft but the fiber angle is a trouble...,it make leave imperfections even using sandpaper so the only hope is to cover it with the viscosity of the paint..,ill finnish this proyect in that way.
But,for the next ones,what materials you recommend? ,I only know:
-Common clay: brittle, heavy, dusty = a mess
-Polymer clay: need to buy an oven...
Know more materials for sculpting with precision?
thanks for reading
I use epoxy putty if I want hard heads. You don't bake it in an oven. You mix two parts together, then it hardens. There is one in the hardware store that sets very quickly, like 5 minutes, that is ok for simple shapes. I use it for adding 'bones" to a wire armature, so it does not bend everywhere like a snake. But for sculpting a hard head, I use Aves Apoxie Sculpt, which gives a longer working time, more like 1 1/2 hours. Usually I have a wood block on the wire, something like pine (pinus radiata) or cedar which is fairly light, but stronger than balsa. I always have offcuts of pine to use. Then I put the epoxy putty over the top to sculpt the head. You can add more putty on top after it hardens.