Re: Sculpting Gladiator Maximus Hair onto 1/6 Jor El Head
It's been quite some time since I sculpted anything, but I used an A/B type putty, which was a sort of rolled tape, yellow and blue, which when sectioned and kneeded, turned deep green. It had a plasticity to it, that some of the dough-like clays did not, allowing for finer manipulation. I used a combination of wooden sculpting tools (available in groups of relatively small sized, variable tips), and an Xacto knife with a No. 11 blade. I also have a number of "picks", made of small diameter rod stock, or even some salvaged lengths of ceiling hanger wire (which can be gotten from some building sites, with a bit of diplomacy). I used a bench grinder (gloves and eye protection!) to turn each end into a shape (point, chisel, hook, spatula,...), and they could be further modified with a small hobby hammer and a surface like a small anvil. All are about the length of a pencil, to allow leverage and point control, much like with chop sticks.
Those who use Aves swear by it, and the results I have seen are quite good, and very smooth. After all of the above, it is then a matter of practice...and patience. At this point, I believe that both "real hair" and sculpted hair (including facial hair) are neck and neck in appearance, in the hands of capable hobbyists.
I look at your work, and believe you are on the right track, needing only to find your medium, and perhaps a few tools you might prefer the most.
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