Sculpting Tools & Materials

Sculpting Tools & Materials

Fingers and Spit.

Ball Burnisher (small and large)  – I use two.  I use them to blend putty.  In tight places I use the small one but in open areas I find the large burnisher works best.  I have seen nice sets of ball burnishers at hobby stores with three in a pack for only a few dollars.

Mechanical Pencil – to make rivets.  See the sculpting article by Bobby Jackson.

Small wire cutter pliers.

Pointy Dental tool or sharp pin.

Optivisor (with Lens #3: 1 3/4X magnification & 14″ focal length) (Soon, I am going to try Lens#4: 2X magnification & 10″ focal length)  Focal length is equally important with magnification.  If you cannot fit your tool between you and the piece, it does not do you much good.  Bought from Rio Grande.

Clip Lamp with 60 watt bulb.  A larger bulb will distort the curing putty rounding sharp wet details.  Clip lamp bought at Wal-Mart.

Sandpaper (fine and light grit) for sanding and shaping sharp or machined edges.

Proportional 30mm Scale Anatomical Drawings.  It is easy to proportionally reduce any drawing using the formula:  ax=30.  (use 28 for 28mm scale)  a=the height of the image in millimeters.  x=the reduction factor.  30 is final height of the image in mm.  Solve x.  For example:  The anatomical sketch is 102mm tall.  x=30/a  x=30/102  x=.29  Go to a copy machine and get the picture zoomed to (reduced) 29%.  Posed pictures may be a little more challenging to reduce to the 30mm proportion. 


Kneadatite – “green” yellow and blue putty.  Bought from  You can also get it at

Kneadatite – “brown”  Samples available from Polymeric.   Can be bought from  I have not verified this but I have heard that it can be found at auto supply stores repackaged as Tank Repair Kit.

Milliput – superfine white.  Bought from Micro Mark

Copper Wire for Armature (22,24, and 26 gauge)  I use 22 gauge mostly.

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