Picture of How to sculpt a head.

I was taught this several years ago by Bernard the Cunning Artificer.

I do not class myself as an artist by any stretch of the imagination, so if I can do this, so can you.

(This head is not much over an inch high - if you make it larger, it will be easier to sculpt.)
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Step 1: Materials and tools

Picture of Materials and tools

You need...

Something to model with.

When Bernard taught me this, we used a special modelling wax, but it will work with most clay-like materials, especially if they can be smoothed off. I used Sugru* for this demonstration, partly to see if I could, but mainly because I came across a pack that was almost expired, and, er, needed to be used.

Something to mould the material.

You will mostly be using your fingers, but you can also use other tools for the finer points.  Fine screwdrivers, cocktail sticks, bamboo skewers and penknives are all useful.  For the Sugru, a damp knife-blade proved to be a very effective tool.

Cleaning materials.

Some modelling materials can make a mess - keep something to hand to clean tools and work surfaces, just in case.  If you are using clay, a damp cloth is ideal.

Sugru is especially unkind to unprotected surfaces.  I used it on a sheet of sacrificial waxed paper, over a cutting board.

*Sugru does not yet come in realistic flesh colours.  I made the brown here by mixing together two sachets of red, two of yellow, half a black and half a white.  I might have used more white, except I wanted to keep some for the eyeballs.  If you want to play with mixing Sugru colours, see the official site, or read the handy little pamphlet that comes in the pack.

Step 2: Skull.

Picture of Skull.
Split your lump of material in half.

Roll half your material into a roughly egg-shaped, or slightly oval shape.  This will be the main part of the head.
thattori2 years ago
Nice joke!, but if realictic functionability is added to it, be better!
Kiteman (author)  thattori2 years ago
Joke? It's not a joke, it's a sculpture.

I don't know how I would add "functionability", because it is a) just over an inch tall and b) solid.
It can be a kind of desktop stationery!
canucksgirl2 years ago
Nice job. I wonder if Sugru erases pencil lines? It would've made for an interesting eraser "head". :P

BTW.... when you find more "about to expire" Sugru *ahem* send them *cough* my way *cough*
Kiteman (author)  canucksgirl2 years ago
Eraser head - *ouch*.
Jayefuu Kiteman2 years ago
I learned to much laughter that we English call erasers something different. So you can imagine the hilarity at me, in America, asking everyone for an eraser, but in english.
Kiteman (author)  Jayefuu2 years ago

Actually, thanks to American TV, the same problem is starting to crop up in classrooms...
Oooh, I like it. This reminds me of some Silly Putty heads I made a few years ago.
Kiteman (author)  sherrycayheyhey2 years ago
Haha, that third one looks like he's realised he's going to ooze away soon.
Lol. That one reminds me of a jelly bean...the saddest jelly bean ever!
Cyclone17642 years ago
Thats class, mabey you could make it a bit more animal-y and build a small totem poll!
caitlinsdad2 years ago
Why was this not modeled in Autodesk 123D? They don't trust you to use the 3-d printer yet?
Kiteman (author)  caitlinsdad2 years ago
Just not had a chance yet - it might be fun to recreate this in Catch, though...
Do it! Post results!