Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Customizing Stainless Steel Tools; Easy to follow tutorial!

One of the aspects modeling in clay is finding the right tools, and for small and miniature work this can be a challenge. These day's I'm working exclusively with Polymer clay to create my figures, and use a variety of tools.  I use brushes, and rubber tip clay pushers to soften forms, and smooth the surface of the figures I create, but the steel tools are still an important aspect to modeling a figure, and I don't think I could go without some of the tools I use.   Through trial and error I discovered an economical way to customize metal tools, for use with any modeling medium.  Here I will share this technique of sanding down,refining, and polishing tools to serve your needs as a sculptor.  I have used this to refine both expensive, and inexpensive tools, and most of the steel tools I currently use have been customized in some way.




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