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RustyBlade1964 12-18-2003 07:34 PM

I need advice about modelling tools.
I have been doing the human form, primarily faces in polymer clay (Premo), using only a few embossing tools and an X-acto. I plan to buy some metal and or wood tools in January. I wonder if any of you would have opinions on the better manufacturers of such tools and anu pointers to websites that offer them. So far I haven't found a lot. Than you in advance. Great site by the way. ;)

fritchie 12-18-2003 10:02 PM

Re:advice about modelling tools.
Rusty - Check what I said in your Welcome Center post; it's not a lot, but a start.

sculptor 12-30-2003 05:58 PM

Re: I need advice about modelling tools.
I have found that my most used metal carving tools are the ones with a blade shape in the metal end. Be carefull to choose ones where the wood at the contact with the metal is hefty enough for some seriously deep carving.
I often make my own with stout tight grained hardwood cut-offs and old bandsaw blades (you'll need some files and a grinder).
For the wooden tools: try them in your hands, if they are comfortable, and have a shape that orks well with your desired end result, then you've got a tool you'll use often. Here again, I make tools to fit the task, often making tools with specific curves for each piece.

Happy tool hunting.

Stephen Casey 12-31-2003 06:47 PM

Re: I need advice about modelling tools.
Thanks for the input. Some of the tools I will have to manufacture myself. I've lined up about 50 jewellers wax shaping tools, polymer, dental, etc, tools that I will be purchasing over the next couple months. I really like some of
tools but for the sake of limited funds I will be comprimising until I have positive cash flow from my work. And most of the tools will be cut up and modified for my purposes, new cutom handles mostly. The handles will be made from Cernit or another very hard polymer clay.

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