I represent a charity/non-profit organization. Would you be willing to donate some of your work?
As with selling my figures, it’s not a matter of money so much as time. I simply don’t have the time to fulfill such requests. I’d be happy to offer advice and tips to those who might like to try custom toy making themselves. (read more...)
Should I spray my figures grey? White? Black?
Most of the time I will prime a figure with Testor’s Dullcote. It acts as an “invisible” primer. But occasionally I will prime with white or grey. In unusual circumstances I might follow with a solid color, depending on the depending on the color scheme at hand. On really rare (read more...)
Where can I purchase Super Sculpey?
Most art and craft stores carry Sculpey products. (read more...)
What is the “boil and pop” method?
“Boil and Pop” refers to the act of immersing a plastic figure in boiling water. After about 45 seconds, the softer PVC plastics (usually used in heads and limbs) will soften enough that they can then be “popped” out with a good strong tug. Just to be safe, I use (read more...)
I know you don’t normally sell your figures, but my favorite relative is getting married soon. Will you make me a set of wedding figures for the cake?
Sorry, but no. I simply don’t have the time or resources to invest in producing more than my share of projects. (read more...)
Can I use spray paint to paint my figures?
Yes and no. Obviously, you’ll want to use spray primers, as explained above. I’ll sometimes apply spray paint to a large area that requires a single color. However, this can be tricky. It often requires masking off other parts of the figure. Also, most spray colors do not come in (read more...)
What is MagicSculpt?
MagicSculpt is yet another two-part sculpting compound, like Plumbers Epoxy. By mixing equal parts of the two dough-like substances, you create a pliable sculpting medium. It takes at least four hours to cure. Cured MagicSculpt is not unlike rock. This is my sculpting medium of choice now. It’s relatively easy (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 you some images, will you critique them for me?
I’m always happy to offer suggestions and help. I recommend messaging me via the Inanimate Objects Facebook or Instagram pages. Please keep in mind that I live a very busy life, and it may take some time before I can reply. (read more...)
What is Dull Cote?
Dull Cote will become your best friend when you’ve finished a project. It’s a matte sealer produced by Testors. (The company that makes enamel paints for models.) A few sprays of Dull Cote and your figure will have a smooth, even finish. Dull Cote is great for bringing paints of (read more...)