sand carved

anonymous asked:

Hi there! I love your sculpts, they're really amazing. I think you might have answered this before, but do you have any resources about getting started, the type of clay and the tools you need? I'd love to have a go at a few things, but I've no idea how to begin.

I’ve written a few posts on this before (can’t be arsed to find them now) but not very comprehensibly. May as do that well now.

For starters, let’s think about what sculpture is. You can basically divide all the different types of sculpture into two camps: subtractive and additive. Subtractive being where you start out with a block of something hard, and carve away everything that isn’t your sculpture. Additive being you start from nothing and create mass. There are, of course, things in-between but generally speaking you’re looking at subtraction or addition. I won’t delve into the subtractive side now, since it’s a very intimidating place to start sculpting and I think people generally like starting out on the additive side– perhaps a post for another time.

So on to additive sculpture, which is what all of the sculpts on my blog are. You create mass using clay. Sounds simple, right? Not really, especially if you start thinking about it. Every clay is different, every project is different. I obviously don’t know what your projects are, but I can speak to the properties of varying clays and why they might be better or worse for whatever it is you’re doing.

So first, I’ll introduce you to a few types of clays, their properties, and what they’re best suited to be used for. Every one of these clays would be suitable for a beginner to pick up and learn with, IMO, which is why I am including them and not others. It might seem like a bit much, but bear with me– many people don’t know what can be done with clay, much less that there are more than a few types. Becoming familiar with clay of all kinds will better inform what kinds of things you can create.

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Have some handmaiden feels

For @fireflyfish who got me thinking about the handmaidens meeting little Luke. This was meant to be a short snippet about a happy reunion, but it just kept growing and growing and getting sadder and sadder until it turned into this monstrosity of angst ( @albaparthenicevelut you can stop laughing!). Comment and criticism extremely welcome - this is the longest bit of fic I’ve written in a very very long time. 

Rabé was beginning to truly appreciate why Anakin Skywalker had hated Tatooine. The rasping howl of the sandstorm outside was relentless, and what could not have been more than a few hours felt like years as she waited restlessly for it to end. It felt far too similar to the last time she’d been here, years before. Really, she should have known better. Everything had been going so smoothly - her arrival in Mos Eisley had gone unremarked, her contact had been waiting in the cantina as expected (just two travellers sharing a drink while waiting for the next leg of their journey) and the datachip carrying key intelligence was safely stored alongside several decoys in one of the pockets sewn in the bodice of her dress. Her informant had left  while she waited a little longer for her prearranged lift off planet. Then the sandstorm arrived and with it the inevitable delay in her departure. Now here she was, slumped over a table in what was, thankfully, one of the more reputable watering holes in town, trapped with the memories of another time, and the aching hole of grief threatened to draw her in.

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Varieties of Pearlcatcher Horns

  • Colossal
    • This mutation is caused by an over abundance of testosterone, the hormone that controls the growth of the horns. The condition most often appears in males. The dragons certainly look formidable but are far less agile than the average pearlcatcher. They must have a thick, muscular neck in order to lift their heavy head.
  • Reverse
    • This unusual mutation results in horn(s) that point forward instead of backward. It is theorized that this condition is caused by improper diet, resulting in horn(s) that droop during growth. No treatment has yet been discovered.
  • Greatshell
    • Named after the Greatshell from the sandswept delta, these horns are not a mutation, but are purposefully molded during the pearlcatcher’s youth. The original intention was to stave the hatchling’s aggression and instill subservience. It is now a symbol of prestige.
  • Unicorn
    • Named after the Wetland Unicorn, these horns are incredibly sharp with smooth ridges. Sightings are rare, thus, not much is known about this mutation. Some suspect this may be an aesthetic modification, presumably artfully carved and sanded at adulthood.
Quick Quill Cutting Tutorial

Originally posted for the OWS server on Discord. 
There are many different ways to cut quills, this is just how I do it.

Okay, so supplies I use:

  •  Turkey feather (Craft stores sell bags of real ones that are treated/painted so you don’t have to be THAT person with the geese in the park.)
  •  Jar for Tempering: Tempering is just exposing the “writing” part of the feather’s shaft to a low, slow heat/cooldown to strengthen it. Some people will bake sand and stick the feathers in standing up and take them out when the sand has completely cooled. Some do this in a crockpot. I use a jar, a lid with holes to suspend the feather and tea candles. I am impatient, and love fire.
  •  Matches or a lighter: Lights candles/burns off stray down. 
  • Sandpaper: Around a 320 grit, helps file down nib points and is used kind of like a “pencil sharpener” when writing. Points also have to be re-cut over time.
  •  Exacto knife: Sharp thing with a straight edge. Pen knives are more traditionally used, but I don’t have one of those and a good blade is a good blade. Used for shaving the feather and carving out the nib.
  •  Not pictured and optional: Tweezers. Can help pull out the membrane inside the feather to make a better ink reserve. The knife and your fingers will also work. 

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Slate Town

 Whether or not the dullness of the villa’s name had been decreed knowing full well the irony of their colorless namesake mattered little. Just as his disgruntled compatriot had previously claimed; a town’s entire namesake wouldn’t have ever been conceived on the basis of a crude jest. However what soon surrounded his gaze and clacked against sand-carving talons spoke louder than any blathering dismissal his acquaintance’s egregious chords could spatter.

 Ancient walls - tremendous plates nearly blanketing the breadth of every slumping construct, towered for as far as the bustling townscape stretched in his eyeing gaze. Slathered by repainted layers of rustic acrylics, the primeval clay formed the otherwise inhospitable sands into a relic of a town established on the foundation of melded earth. Save for draping fabric, bolstering planks, and occasional stone; nary did any of the standing buildings dare tarnish the formidable slabs that have sheltered their growing settlement since days before yore. Be they rounded roofs or sheer walls, the marvelous rock always faced and withstood the unrelenting rush of desert winds. Most of the quaint houses towered over the streets of sandstone, built against these gaudy rocks in a seemingly covetous effort uphold a long-rooted tradition. A valiant endeavor or otherwise, their dedication payed in droves as ‘mon of every span of cloth scuttled the paths of lined brick.

 As was to be expected of who walked the desolate dunes, many whom traipsed past were the beastly ilk most prevalent in these brutal parts. Those adorned with hides of dense scale to ward the inevitable sandstorms, beings of rock and earthen make, even those of fire itself -  everyone of those gritty lots mingled in wide sprawling crowds of their own ilk. What was remarkable however, were the peculiar number of water-types interspersed in the crowd of rugged folk. Accompanied by stalwart fighters who endured and slogged the burden of freight, they maneuvered as single packs through the lively city of slate. Those aquatic folk and their brute companions certainly seemed to be the most busy of the busy flock, but who was to blame when a festival’s hour was ready to ring this very evening?

 He could only hope he hadn’t arrived a hour too late. No matter the annual celebration there was no greater a reason in his travels to indulge in some joyful expenditure - Tobias sure wasn’t the person to pass upon the fleeting opportunity. Nevertheless there was coin yet to have been earned - the illustrious gleam at the end of a blistering tunnel. And as the exhausting heels of a heaving caravansary slogged across searing pebble, greed was all that stood leading the battered bird’s whim.

 “Right. Left.” Her directions barely chimed through the deafening murmurs of scurrying folk. Perhaps a dozen sneers befell the squealing caravan before it’s tethering strain finally relinquished at the sullen declare of his unspoken acquaintance. Never did the measly utterance of a word bear more solace than what swiftly spat from her drab chords. A harrowing journey indeed, but alluring coin would be sure to amend a day of arduous labor.


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Non-permanent Tunnel or Gouge Piercing BJD Modification

OMFG, so sorry folks I’ve neglected to update this blog for so long!
I am more active on Instagram these days.

Anyway! I thought I would show you how I’ve made this BJD mod of a tunnel/gouge earring/piercing on my doll. Please note that this modification does not involve altering the sculpt in any way and can be completely reversed.

There are several methods of doing this, the more popular one is perhaps using an epoxy based clay and sculpt an actual earlobe extension using it. The good thing about epoxy is that you can sculpt directly on the ear and it hardens by way of chemical reaction even if you sculpt under water. You can also sand and carve and even attach more clay on top once it is hard. If you want to go down this path, I suggest using the Miliput Superfine in white. However, I was concerned that I would have a hard time getting rid of the epoxy clay once it’s on as that stuff is pretty strong. I would need to scrape it off and in the process I may accidentally scrape the actual head. A method my friend Elfgutz suggested to take off epoxy is to heat it up using heat gun, but I haven’t tried this yet so I don’t know (*to experiment on another day).

So what I did was pretty simple. I owe this to LifeLike81, itsfansea and pocketsizedvampirepandah who helped discussed and showed me the idea.

Step 1: It’s preferable to do this modification BEFORE you paint the faceup on. But it is possible to do it after as well. I used an eyelet for the tunnel/gouge earring. It’s cheap and pretty easy to get :)

Step 2: Take a sculpey clay and mold the earlobe around the gouge. You may want to mix your clay into a colour that is quite close to your resin’s colour but please be mindful that some clay may darken a bit after they are baked. I used 2 brands of clay: Kato Clay in “white” and Sculpey Living Doll in whatever default colour they have. I mixed it in a ratio of 1 white+2 flesh, this for some reason seemed to match my Venitu pretty well, who is in Oriental Pureskin colour.

Step 3: Once I had like an earlobe shape I basically stuck this onto my doll’s ear and continued to refine the shape. I didn’t cover the ear with glad wrap plastic because I wanted to get the shape to fit as close as possible. I didn’t use any corn starch powder either like some people have done, but instead to stop it from sticking onto the ear I just used a bit of water (I wet the side of the ear that it’s going to go on and this seems to prevent the clay from sticking too well to the resin). Also I stuck this several times in the fridge as I sculpt along. Cooling the clay hardens it a bit so it helps me keep the shape when I don’t want my fingers pushing too much on it.

Step 4: Once I got the desired shape, I removed it from the ear and carefully placed my ear piece on a loose tile. Let any excess water dry then I baked the clay for about 10 minutes at 150 degrees (fan forced oven).

Oh I also made several pieces so I have some to choose from.

Step 5: Then quite simply, I used PVA or Wood glue to stick the earpiece to the doll head. You may notice that the lobe hangs a bit low, but that’s because as part of my character design (he wears a specific type of piercing, some bullshit symbols that only mean something to him yadda yadda yadda — I don’t know) I am having double earrings on that lobe so I need all that space above the gouge.

I used the glue to not just stick the lobe on, but also to fill in the gap between it and the doll’s real ear, kind of like mortaring bricks?

Step 6: Once the glue was dried and I reached quite a good seal, I covered the metal piece with craft tac (see below). This is so when I do my faceup, I don’t end up spraying the metal with my sealant.

Here it is midway during the faceup painting. The metal is nicely protected from any spraying.

And we’re done! Because I couldn’t find anything that suited, I made the “X” earring above it out of a black cardboard which I glazed with gloss after I cut it into the shape I wanted.


Carnauba • Wooden hair stick • Wood hair pin • Pagan hair fork • Primitive hair • Tribal hairstyle • Witchy hair jewelry

Hand-carved and inscribed wooden hair stick, inspired by the Atlantic woods of Northeastern Brazil. The stick is made of a 17.5 cm (6.88 inches) long salvaged rowan twig, which has been hand carved and sanded until a smooth state. It features 100% cruelty-free feather and dried juniper berries. The piece is also sealed with home-made spruce resin for water resistance and for a magical scent of the Finnish woods.

Does it call to you? Take a look in my shop!

Alexandrite( or any multiple armed character) Arm tutorial!


This is mostly going to cover how I made the arm bases, and not so much the hinges, because they’re not too sophisticated, and I’m hoping to replace them sometime soon. If you’re curious, however, feel free to ask about it!

Anyways, the rest is under the break


For the arms you’ll need

  • a can or two of spray foam, depending on number and size of arms. I used 2 for alexandrite’s 4 extra arms, but I could probably have used 1.

This is the brand I used, and it worked well.

  • manilla folders. You could also use cardstock, but nothing thinner.
  • Packing tape
  • Styrofoam knife. It makes refining shape way easier later
  • sandpaper (optional, depends on how smooth you want/need your arms to be
  • Hinges (make sure you get the long ones, i think they’re called cabinet hinges?)
  • fiberfill
  • some amount of stretch fabric ( I used 2/3 a yard for 4 arms)

For the hands

  • insulation foam
  • pipe cleaners
  • fiberfill

Measure around your wrist, and end of your forearm

Draw out a rectangle/trapezoid with those measurements. Mine for my forearm piece was 11 inches on the bottom edge,  6 on the top edge, and 12 inches tall. It’s always better to make it a little bigger than try to add on later.

Tape that into a cylinder with the packing tape. Make sure it’s secure, and tape over one end, like a drum, so it keeps the round shape. If you want, you can tape part of the other end if your arm isn’t particularly round and is more flat.

Next, get your spray foam, and fill up your “molds”. I filled it almost to the top, and had a bunch spill over. It took a couple of experimental arm bits to get it right. Make sure you do this on a junky tablecloth in case of overfill.

Once the foam cures, peel off the paper and tape.

Now you should have a good approximation of your arms!

To make the hands, trace the shape of your palm on the insulation foam, and carve it out. Carve and sand until it’s about the right shape. Cut pipe cleaners the length of your fingers (plus ½ an inch) and stick them into the foam in the appropriate places. When you make gloves or armsocks, or whatever you’re covering the arms with, the hands will go inside, with some stuffing in the fingers to give them the width of real fingers. Now you’ve got poseable hands!

The hinges were literally stuck into the foam arm segments, along with tacky glue to keep them in place.

In order to give them any movement, I had to carve out triangles of foam from the arms to give them the ability to bend. I’m planning on replacing them with ball and socket joints though. When I put them in the armsocks, I put some stufing where the foam is missing so that the shape still looked right. 

I tied very thin wire around my forearm to the forearms of the fake arms to let them move.

I hope this was helpful, and if you have any questions, just ask!


“Never one….”
“Without the other.”
Recently I got back into playing League after taking a break due to my busy work schedule and I got to try out Kindred for the first time. I really love their design, how they play and I adore their voices ;A;. Here I already made the masks for both Lamb & Wolf parts :)  I’m planning on making the Lamb costume to wear and I wanted to try make the wolf as a puppet possibly and add some cool effects, I’ve never made anything like this before so it’ll be an interesting learning experience! This is something I have no set date for, so another project I’ll be working on between commissions and other stuff x3
Masks are made from EVA foam, then cut and shaped with a heat gun and sanded and carved with a dremel tool ~


Update with lots of pictures.

Finished the pleated tunic and the midcoat. I also dyed my fabric for the outer coat but it turned out too light and I realized I didn’t have enough fabric anyway for the hood/cowl so I’m going to keep looking for more stuff.

Helmet update! It’s been textured and painted! I textured it using a mixture of acrylic paint, Apoxie, and extremely fine glass dust and splattered it in using a toothbrush. It worked pretty well because it got a fairly mild but still grainy texture. It was then primed and painted.

I don’t really like the finish of the black satin paint so when his motherfucker finally dries, I’ll be spraying it with an extreeeemly thin coat of matte finish just to take the abrasive edge off that glossiness. I’ll also go in paint some light damage details.

Ok, this fuckING filigree. Do yourself a favor and don’t do what I did. Just keep the original Black Series helmet shape. Essentially, I didn’t like how the original filigree was curved along the stripes rather than flat like it is in the movie. It also didn’t have that “plated” look because it was essentially one piece of molded plastic lol. I basically filled in all the gaps and spaces with Apoxie and re-carved/sanded out the shape that I wanted. My lines aren’t perfectly even though so I hate myself for that, but I feel like it’ll be okay once I add in damage details. This was stupidly hard to to do but it looks alright, so acceptable…It’s been primed and painted now. When it’s dry, I’ll be detailing it with chrome foil sheets, the stuff people use for model cars.

Anyway, next update will the the finished helmet! I feel like it no longer resembles the original Black Series helmet, like AT ALL LOL. That’s a good thing because it was pretty inaccurate loool.

your heart is my home

How soon we forget the smell of survival,
we are buried again in the darkness.
we find skeletons and skulls digging arabian treasures,
we find children building sand castles,
we carved cracked memories
and dead muggle bones for so long,
that my hands transformed roses in ashes, at the touch
alchemy was in blue blood time the desolate nest of wizards,
and your heart is my home as long as you curl
reciting Oscar Wilde’s poetry on my chest
and sweet zephyrs unfurls the sound of magic dreams
in my soul.

I wanted to flesh out the ideas I jotted down before about desert nymphai, and some local cultus ideas/feels I’ve been exploring. I wrote it out in more of a prose approach than a research-records type format. It allowed me to be a bit more artistic in my description and the way I talk about it. So keep in mind when reading, that I’m not putting this out there as definitive, even though it may read that way because of how I wrote it. This is all personal gnosis, with no canon to back it up. It’s based on my experiences, observations, and divination.

So yeah, read for pretty nymph descriptions.

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She will not be nameless. She will make her own name, spell it out in the sands on the shore, carve it into the bark on ancient trees. It will rest in the roots of flowers and when she pulls them from the earth, she will feel it resonate through her. It is then she will return to the Mirkwood.  [x]

anonymous asked:

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Sormik with [[NO SPOILERS >//////<]]

(Thanks for choosing this, I had so much fun writing hngh)

Mikleo dusted the sand from the carved wall, “I can’t believe the professor allowed us to scavenge this ruin on our own.”

Sorey was still adjusting the candle lamp so that they could see the carvings more clearly, “This site was the only one left untouched and all the other teams went back to the university already. They took an earlier flight yesterday.”

“Why didn’t we?”

“It was already full. So we’re going back with the professor tonight.”

Mikleo nodded slowly, still fascinated by the single wall in the room, “There’s not much here though. It’s a bit small compared to the other sites.”

“See? That’s why she let us do this on our own!”

“Mm..” Mikleo adjusted his glasses and put on his gloves before coming in contact with the wall, “These markings are familiar. Probably belongs to the Semitic family.”

Sorey took out his notebook and confirmed some of the shapes with his notes, “You’re right. Wanna decipher it?”

“Sure. Probably just another clue.” Mikleo continued caressing the wall.

Sorey watched Mikleo’s hand with a smile. He put his notebook back in his pocket.

Mikleo raised his eyebrow without looking at Sorey, “Giving up already?”

“Nah, I already translated it.”

“That was fast.” Mikleo’s hand accidentally rubbed a small opening, “Oh? There’s something here.”

Mikleo triggered the wall to part and rearrange themselves. He took a step back from shock and turned to Sorey who was still smiling.

The wall pieces kept moving until slowly, a single column of stone was formed in front Mikleo. On top of it was a small box wedged between two deformed rocks that resembled hands.

Mikleo was confused and impressed at the same time.

Then, Sorey easily took the box from its place and said, “The rough translation of this wall is… If you find my heart and you choose to keep it-” Sorey got down on one knee and looked up at a very stunned Mikleo, “-then I’ll stay with you for all eternity.”

“To put it simply,” Sorey opened the box and gulped, “Marry me?”

The blush creeping on Mikleo’s face was visible even with just the candle lamp in the room. He laughed and was almost speechless. Thankfully, he didn’t leave Sorey hanging too long. Mikleo bent down, wrapped his arms around Sorey’s neck and kissed him. It was all the answer Sorey needed.

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