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Braixen, mystical trail blazer. by dobharachu Braixen, mystical trail blazer. by dobharachu
So finally i'm uploading pics of one of my newest pieces of sculpture. The largest piece by quite a bit, this briaxen was a WHOLE new kettle of fish for me for various reasons. 
Mainly
1) I made it using super sculpey, which i've never used before and it was a whole new thing. Very different from fimo which is the only polymer clay i've used before. I've come to the conclusion that I will be using fimo for jewellery, charms and small sculpts or accessories for bigger sculpts. AND that i will be using sculpey for big sculptures because its much easier to work with. (Although i still find painting a huge pain in the ass)
And 2) I was working with not only a wooden base, but also a very dynamic pose with the armature only attached by one leg. Yes I was unintentionally over ambitous, and i'm lucky it didn't go catastrophically wrong, but it didn't so yay. 
IT IS FOR SALE SO NOTE OR MESSAGE ME FOR INFO. The photos are terrible I know but i cant help that with the terrible lighting that i have. So i will be updating these sometime in the future, whenever possible. And i wont be putting it up on etsy until February because I will be away most of january, but i will ship it before hand if someone notes me. 
The colours are MUCH better in real life. The paint job is very accurate, the yellow isn't too bright, too match official artwork.
The grass and rocks are all hand sculpted and painted, as is everything else. A few bits have my own twist added to them, like her tail tuft where she sticks her wand is fuzzier on mine because i reasoned the hair would get a bit ruffled and matted, and her wand isn't just two pronged, the prongs twist in a very slight helix like pattern, because I thought it suited her more, and I love the way it looks. Its like gandalfs staff where the wood is twined beautifully.
The fire is a sparkiling slightly translucent purple and yellow mix of fimo. This way it holds great depth and really emulates flames.
I greatly prefer to see pokemon scupltures with the pokemon(s) using a move and that's why this little vixen (see what I did there) is performing a fiery incantation, most likely mystic fire. The power moves through her, into her hand, channeled through her wand and even twines about her feet casting an ambient glow in its wake.

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dragonholder411 Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How did you attach your armature to the wooden base, and did you bake the base in with the sculpture and everything be safe? I'm just curious since I want to a super-difficult and super-dynamic Xerneas sculpture sometime in the future, probably around next Christmas time.
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dobharachu Dec 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I attached it using u shaped nails and some hot glue, BUT I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THE GLUE!!! I used it as a temporary hold for the armature and two u nails. The nails were too long for my base. Straight down they would've went through the bottom so i had to angle them a bit. The glue melted in the oven and i wiped most of it away easily while still hotish, i had the leg sculpted so the armature held in place. I baked the base with it, but if you do that you HAVE to allow it to cool very slowly. Turn off the oven, crack it open slightly and wait patiently. If it cools at any speed the base will warp. I'd recommend really researching your pose and if there will be other features included. I would suggest that you sculpt a neutrally posed xerneas now, instead of waiting. As in keep most its feet on the ground for stability and standing normally. Will help your confidence as well as getting you familiar with xernes, as he's a pretty coplicated thing with all those horns and leg rim/protrusion things.
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GMan1255 Dec 9, 2013   Writer
Wow, this is great! For the first time using a different clay, it's awesome! I recently made a life size Pikachu out of coils... 3 weeks of a high school ceramics class and suddenly I thought I could pull that off, but I did! I'm glazing that right now and having an OCD attack over the eyes. My ceramic teacher loves me, but everytime I do something to make the eyes a little rounder she threatens to kill me. 
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dobharachu Dec 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you very much. Yeah the sculpey is really a different clay to fimo. Its horrible to try and wah off XD
Yeah i'm a perfectionist myself so I know what that's like. Good luck with the pikachu.
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:icongman1255:
Thanks! I don't think I could ever use sculpey. I can bend coils to my desire, but I can't mold worth a damn.
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dobharachu Dec 11, 2013  Student General Artist
As far as i know you could use sculpey with the coil technique. You're using a natural clay, i take it one that requires firing? Sculpting/moulding just takes prwcyice, just look at my earlier stuff XD
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I used a clay extruder though. It makes the coils even and I suck at making big coils even. My sister made stuff with sculpey before. I guess I could do stuff like that after a lot of work, but I like the natural clay. It seems easier to make bigger things with it.
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dobharachu Dec 12, 2013  Student General Artist
I'd say its cheaper too for earth clays in bulk. But the durability and detail is different so it depend on what your looking for. You can still make large things with aculpey, you just have to make and armature.
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I'm new to this kind of thing so I don't really know the difference between these things... I don't know what an armature is, but my blind guess is some kind of wire frame that you build on. The earth clays are easier to mold it seems. The coils did whatever I wanted them to do. I can try stealing some of my sisters sculpey I guess. Is there anything you know that I can read to get better at stuff like this. Like a "How to use clay for dummies" kind of book?
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dobharachu Dec 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh lord where do I start. ^-^ just type in sculpey tutorial into google, youtube or even on here in the search bar. There's so much great info on it. Yes an armature is a Skelton structure, or say your make something spherical, you could use a ball of tinfoil as the armature. A lot of the learning though is just experience. I've read and read and read tons of tutorials, but its the actual work that improves you.
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