I’ve decided to try some new art projects and go outside my comfort zone. I’ve been experimenting with polymer clay to make some really cool creations. Art provides great meditation for me, and I like to work on a project each day before my writing sessions. Sketching or playing with clay is relaxing, allowing me to clear my mind for a brainstorming or writing session.
I’m working on a YouTube series documenting my adventures with Super Sculpey polymer clay. I’m also attempting to sculpt some cool custom figures. I only have one video uploaded so far, but I have another in the editing stages. I need to record some new audio, and I’ll get it uploaded later this week. You can watch my video on polymer clay custom PlayStation button coasters HERE.
Here are progress pictures of my custom Fallout 4 power armor sculpt. This is using the Super Sculpey clay over a Kidrobot Munny vinyl figure, which is basically a blank vinyl toy for customization. I tried to simplify the Brotherhood of Steel power armor to make a cute custom vinyl because I’m a huge fan of Bethesda’s Fallout video game series.
I began with the helmet, spending about six hours sculpting. The little details take forever, but I was really pleased with my finished sculpt. I sculpted the body piece and arms to match. Total estimated hours spent sculpting is around 18+.
After smoothing out any fingerprints and refining, I baked the sculpture in the oven. I let the pieces cool and then sanded, primed, sanded some more. I used acrylic paints and a Polycrylic gloss finish.
I broke the helmet before I could apply varnish. I’m waiting for the opportunity to patch the helmet and reattached the hoses, so my sculpture isn’t put together yet. Regardless, I’m really happy with my first polymer clay project.
I’m determined to repair this figure, but my next project will be a custom TMNT Raphael Funko pop figure.