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Mini Tutorial #4 - Sculpting Teeth

Yay! Another tutorial! This one shows step by step how to sculpt teeth by hand.



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Grab your 2 part epoxy clay and cut off two equal amounts. You can use polymer clay, if you prefer, but it's not nearly as strong and durable as this stuff.


Mix them together well. Don't skip this or your clay will not harden properly and all that time, effort, and materials will have to be thrown out.




And then roll it into a cute little clay ball. If the colour is even, it's properly mixed.


Pull a smidgen off your ball-o-clay and roll it into a mini ball. This will become a tooth so size appropriately, say less than 1cm in diameter or so. Really depends on your personal tooth size preference.




form it into a teardrop shape, with one end pointy and the other rounded.


Now, keeping that shape, flatten out the top and bottom edges. This is an incisor. The larger end will be the top of the tooth (the cutting end) and the tapered bottom is the root.


Grab another small bit of clay, a bit bigger this time.


Roll it into a tear drop shape as well.


Now curve it slightly. This is a canine tooth.


Continue doing this until you have a full complement of teeth. Check the shape periodically as they harden. It may be easier to shape them after they have stiffened up a bit.



NEXT: How to now give your poor toothless head a new grin. And the toothy difference between cats and dogs.

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synchra
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:17 am (UTC)
oooh are you gonna show gums too?
beetlecat
Dec. 20th, 2006 07:19 am (UTC)
Yuppers. That one is coming up next :)
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jaesharp
Dec. 20th, 2006 08:58 am (UTC)
Looks nice :) Will you be coloring them, if so how?
beetlecat
Dec. 20th, 2006 04:44 pm (UTC)
They're painted after being set into the head.
unknowbie
Dec. 20th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
So how does epoxy clay differ than polymer clay? Can you also sand epoxy clay after it has hardened? I'm use to doing all my clay type stuff in scuply.
beetlecat
Dec. 20th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
polymer clay is a one part plastic clay which is oven dried. It gives off nasty fumes when heated and shrinks slightly.

Epoxy clay (such as Magic Sculp or Apoxie Sculpt)is a 2 part synthetic air dry clay. It does not shrink when dry.

If you make a polyclay canine tooth, you can snap it in half with your fingers. Epoxy clay is impossible to damage with anything less than a dremel. A knife will barely scratch it.

It can be sanded. Though you can smooth it down easily before it has dried with your fingers and some water.

It is common for folks sculpting small figurines to use epoxy clay over the armature for strength (and because it sticks to anything) and then polymer clay for the details.

There is a learning curve when it comes to epoxy clay, but now I'll never go back to anything else.
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diadexxus
Dec. 20th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)
You are the BESTEST!! (adds to HOW TO on LJ Fursuit)

Thank you again!!
-J
swirling_chaos
Dec. 20th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks for making this, it's really useful. :)
midori8
Dec. 22nd, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
hmm what are you using there? like what kind is it?

i usually use Apoxie Sculpt but i am always looking for different brands.

the thing i like the best about apoxie sculpt is i can buy black.

there is white..but that stuff is so sticky it would pick up every thing stuck on my hands.
beetlecat
Dec. 22nd, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
This is called A+B epoxy putty. It is the only 2 part clay I can get a hold of locally so I dunno how to compare it to anything else.

It's very soft when first mixed together so I often make the basic shape and then leave it to harden up a bit before refining the item.
(Anonymous)
Mar. 31st, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
Fimo?
Do you know anything about Fimo? And is it just as good as epoxy clay?
beetlecat
Mar. 31st, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Fimo?
Fimo os the same as Sculpy (polymer clay) under a different brand name. It tend to be harder and perhaps stronger but it's the same type of product.

Polyclay will work. It's not as strong or tough as epoxy clay but it's easier to find.
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tingetheraccoon
Jul. 13th, 2008 04:11 am (UTC)
Do you ever use resin for your teeth? If so, what would you say is the best way to do it? make a clay mould?
beetlecat
Jul. 13th, 2008 04:39 am (UTC)
I'd make a mold from latex or silicone. I'm not sure how you can make a mold with clay.
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altira_moongara
Jul. 15th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
Comment about making teeth
While I agree about the epoxy clay being indestructible, sometimes its hard to come by. Have you considered putting wire inside the teeth to re-enforce them so they don't break if they aren't made out of something mildly indestructible.
beetlecat
Jul. 15th, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
Re: Comment about making teeth
well.. I *have* the epoxy so I don't have to think about other methods ;D

But I don't think wire would work. If the teeth are going to break they'll just break around the wire - whatever you use to strengthen it has to be integral to the tooth.
o0_mudpaw_0o
Feb. 3rd, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC)
soooo....
is this also how you make the claws?
cause atm, i've only just thought about making these suits and stuff. and for an experiment. i thought i'd just make a paw and arm. so. any help. pleasse contact me on my msn (y) thnxysss
beetlecat
Feb. 3rd, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
Re: soooo....
No. this epoxy is too heavy for claws unless they are very small. Check the memories of fursuit for many claw tutorials.
(Anonymous)
Feb. 6th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
Ingenious, And here I thought I'd have to mold a set of real teeth and cast them in resin for strength. This method is much better! I'm so glad I found your videos on youtube. Your tutorials are very straight forward. ^.=.^
emberisolte
Nov. 14th, 2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
I may have missed this.. but I'm just curious about how this stuff affects your hands, cuz I noticed you aren't handling this stuff with gloves. Does it stick to you or dry out your hands?
beetlecat
Nov. 14th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
It can stick yes. If it gets annoying you can wet your hands or wash the particles off.

It's vaguely toxic so wash your hands when you're done.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 16th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC)
provides access
I wanted to say that it’s nice to know that someone else also mentioned this as I had trouble finding the same info elsewhere. This was the first place that told me the answer. Thanks.
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