What is Plumber’s Epoxy?
A plumber’s epoxy is any sort of compound that’s used to seal pipe fittings. However, many plumbers epoxies make great sculpting mediums as well. Kneadatite above is but one example. A more typical plumbers epoxy is available at most home improvement stores. It usually dries quickly (5-20 minutes) and has (read more...)
What is matte gel medium?
Matte gel medium is acrylic paint without pigment. For my purposes, I use it as an adhesive for applying emblems that I’ve printed. (read more...)
Where can I see other great customs?
I used to answer this question with a long list of links. Sadly, I’ve been at this for so long that most of the sites dedicated to the subject or even a specific artist are long gone. Most folks now have moved their galleries of work to social media platforms. (read more...)
How can I paint those tiny little details like eyes?
First, make sure you have some tiny, clean brushes that come to a good point. Use only a small dab of paint on the brush. Beyond that, it takes practice, a steady hand, and luck. I often paint an eye poorly, then cover over with a new base coat, and (read more...)
Where can I purchase Plumber’s Epoxy?
Most hardware and plumbing supply store carry a basic plumber’s epoxy. (read more...)
How do I use gel medium to affix emblems on figures?
This is known as decoupage, and there are a number of ways to go about this. (There are also many other customizers out there who are higher authorities on this subject.) In general, you’ll want to apply some of the gel medium to the back of the paper emblem, and (read more...)
What is the “wrap and shape” method?
“Wrap and shape” is the technique by which one wraps a figure in a protective layer, such as cellophane, and then adds and shapes a sculpting medium on top. The cured sculpt can then be easily removed from the figure, and the protective layer discarded. This is a great method (read more...)
I’ve got photos of my own customs. If I send them to you will you host them for me?
Unfortunately, I am only able to feature my own work at this time. (read more...)
What is primer?
I always prime a piece before painting. Most of the time I’ll use Testor’s Dullcote as an “invisible” primer. It creates a bit of texture, allowing the paint to “grab” on. Without it, water-based acrylics can react in unexpected ways. On occasion I’ll use a white or grey primer, if (read more...)
What is Super Sculpey?
Sculpey and Super Sculpey are popular sculpting mediums easily available at most hobby/craft stores. It requires heat to cure, so the sculpt time is not limited. It allows for very fine detail work (especially Super Sculpey), and is easily shaped. However, once cured it can be very fragile. Don’t drop (read more...)