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help with sculpture on a small scale or detailed sculpture?

any tips or techniques to how to sculpt miniature objects, my idea is to follow what the artist slinkachu has done by adding on parts to miniature figures using clay which i will them paint. so objects such as capes,jackets etc general extra clothing, and also small accessories such as bottles for them to hold.
looking for tips on miniature sculpture although fine detailed sculpture may be of help as well, many thanks :)

First, about some of the materials:

I checked out slinkachu's site and saw the "little people," and the following description of how he creates them:
" . . . The miniatures start out as train set figures. Most are made by German company Preiser and can be bought from model shops and on the net. They generally come unpainted.
I often remodel the characters, cutting them up and reposing them, adding new features such as hoods with modeling clay, or changing arm and leg positions.
I then paint the characters with acrylic paint and, if needed, find props for them. . . "
Btw, I don't think he means true "modeling clay"/plasticine because that kind of clay never hardens and can't really be painted. There are other kinds of clay he might be using (or could be used) though like one of the kinds of air-dry clay or polymer clay.

Here's what I found about painting those unpainted Preiser figures, by one person at least:

http://www.gatewaynmra.org/mhslayout/mhs-figures.htm

It says they're painted with *acrylic* paints

So if you'll be using acrylic paints on your unpainted figures, rather than the "enamel" paints also sold for them, you might be able to use polymer clay (which takes the finest detail) for any stuff added to the figures after painting (like clothing), but don't know how much heat the plastic figures themselves can take (polymer clay has to be cured with heat but very low heat and for a short time--when well protected, lots of plastics can take that heat without deforming/melting/shrinking, but not all of them).

Polymer clay would give you the greatest fine detail in your add-ons, but you could also use some of the higher-quality air-dry clays and then not have to heat anything to harden.
(You could though just make some of the extra pieces with polymer clay, bake those, then glue them on to the figures. But that wouldn't work with some kinds of wrap-around clothing, etc.)

Some of the higher-quality air-dry clays would be pre-colored Makins or Hearty or white Creative Paperclay, or even homemade "bread clay," but each will shrink while drying so you'd have to figure out how much shrinkage you'd get from a particular type or brand and take that into consideration. If you create something with air-dry clay that "goes around" some parts of a sculpt/shape though, it may stretch enough while drying not to crack/etc. Air-dry clays also *must* be sealed after drying, but you'll be doing that with permanent paints or permanent clear finishes as long as you cover the entire thing.

However, you might definitely want to check out some of the epoxy clays or epoxy-like clays. They might work best for you--need no heat to harden, no shrinkage, paintable, etc.
Some of the brand names for those are Apoxie Sculpt (from Aves Studio) or Fixit.... or perhaps Milliput,/MagicSculpt. You can read more about them on this page at my site:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm (under Non-Polymer Clays, click on *Epoxies & Other Clays-Putties")

As for making miniatures, both figures and items, you might want to check out some of my previous answers and some of the miniatures pages at my site (my site is about polymer clay mostly, but when only "sculpting" with it, the info be very similar for air-dry clays):

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20120513174244AAGq5Nk

http://glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm (click on any you're interested in)
http://glassattic.com/polymer/sculpting_body_and_tools.htm (under Clothing, click on "Accessories" and "All-Clay Clothing")

http://glassattic.com/polymer/miniatures.htm (many things on this page)
http://glassattic.com/polymer/kids_beginners.htm (click on "Scenes & Dioramas")
http://glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm (click on "Other Items to Sculpt," and perhaps "Flowers & Leaves")
and maybe:
**see below for link
There are many other small items at other pages of my site too, like Christmas, Halloween/Etc, and others.

And check out Garie Sim's site for loads of teeny miniatures. His site is huge and not well organized, but at least go to this page then check out these categories:

http://www.garieinternational.com.sg/clay/index.HTML

...Tiny Critters
...Mini Art
...Mini Art 1
...Mini Art 2
...Miniatures
...Miniature Showcases

and:

http://th07.deviantart.net/fs71/200H/i/2012/250/7/7/teeny_tiny_girl_from_polymer_clay__1_cm_tall__by_krinna-d5dyw9f.jpg

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