First, I roll out a thin sheet of Super-Sculpey. I find a 15mm diameter ball of Super-Sculpey makes a nice strip roughly 60mm long and just a finger or so wide, only about 2-3mm thick. I make sure the strip is flat and smooth and then scribe in panel lines with my homemade tools. After 30 minutes or so of scribing, I take a box-cutter blade and carefully cut the strip into a myriad of tiny rectangles and a few odd shapes, all with sides ranging from about 1mm to 5mm. The tiny shapes then get baked at 275C for 12 minutes to make them ceramic-like, and then glued to the ends of small wooden sticks, making little clay stamps.
Next I roll out a block of sulfur-free clay (NOT polymer clay) so that it's flat. I then press out the shape of the ship itself using the little stamps I just made. I pour Alumilite Super-Plastic resin into the impression and then 10 minutes later remove the finished spaceship, making sure to use a tooth-brush to remove any clay clinging to the cast.
Here are pictures of my first two designs. I'm crossing my fingers that tomorrow I can get these painted and bring out all these wonderful panel lines.
|Prior to sandpaper clean-up|