This model's actually been finished for quite a while, but I've not had the time to post this until now.
But anyway, again it's a character I've created from the "Better Tomorrow" universe, and we're gonna be using more scraps to make this one.
Step 1: What You'll Need
To make this model, you'll need:
-A conical shape (got mine from an old toy)
-A small ball, or other round object
-Sculpting putty (not clay)
-An old credit card
-Thin metal/garden wire
-Flexible sheet plastic
-A toy hat (you can sculpt one, but I just used a Lego hat)
-Hot glue gun
-Various acrylic paint colours of your choice
Step 2: Sketch, Sketch, Sketch
Quite possibly the most vital part of a build when designing something, is to draw a quick sketch so you can get a clear idea on paper of what you're design will look like. It's important to have a look at what parts you have available when sketching, as it will help you get the right shape you're going for. Although a sketch is important, you can develop the idea while building the model, as the sketch is mainly there for the basic shape, rather than the small details.
It's also always a good idea to come up with multiple designs before making the model, as then you have more choice to pick your favourite.
Step 3: Main Body and Arms
So, to start off the build, you should begin with the body. All this really consisted of for me, was taking the cone shape I had, and chopping the top point off. This is gonna make room for the head.
Now, for the arms, take your wire and bend it into a shape you find satisfactory, and keep them that way. Now roll up a couple of balls of putty, and jab the top of the arms into them (If the holes in the balls are quite loose, you can add some modelling glue later to stiffen the joints). Then just stick the arms onto the side of the body, and please, make them symmetrical.
Step 4: Heads Up!
Now for the head. Take your ball, or whatever you're using for the head (I'm using a bit off of a fancy rubber), and place it in the hole you made earlier. Mine came with a little trim along the bottom, which is lucky for me, but if you want one as well, you could pretty easily sculpt one with the putty.
Now, if the head isn't the perfect shape to fit the hat on snug, which it probably won't be, you need to take some sandpaper and just shape it a bit.
Once you've shaped it, you should be able to glue the hat on perfect.
Step 5: These Boots Are Made for Walking...
Now, this step is very putty dependant, so it's important to take a lot of time when sculpting and sanding the shoes, because you want a nice, smooth surface, not big ugly cracks.
So basically, cut two round shapes of equal size out of the credit card, and hot glue two plastic rods onto them at the same points. Then, feel free to go wild, and sculpt whatever foot design you want. I just went for a basic look. I sculpted a round top over the card, and using two thin matchsticks taped together to make the indent.
Tip: If you've made a big booboo you can't fix on the shoes with sanding, you can apply multiple layers of paint to smooth it out.
Step 6: Accessories
On this model, there's just a couple of accessories, those being the flower and the handbag.
Again, like every instructable I do, there's some missing photos.
To make the handbag, I cut a strip of the credit card out, and bent it in half, making sure it didn't split. If you want a good fold, I'd advise using pliers, unless you have fingers of steel. Then, cut out a thin strip of the sheet plastic, and glue it in between the fold, keeping it at the edges. Now you can fill in any gaps with putty. Originally, I had just painted a pouch on, but it was done badly, so I sculpted one on with the putty, as you can see in the final photo.
Now, the flower is much more simple. I sculpted a small, round shape with the putty, and simply painted on the yellow and white to give the impression of the flower.
Step 7: Painting
So, it's always nice to paint your model, otherwise you're left with an ugly rainbow doll, which is fine if that's what you're into, but I, am not.
There's multiple techniques you can use when painting, and these are the one's I've used for this build, and most others. For some it will just be a quick recap, but it's helpful to include them in all my builds:
Dry-brushing is basically when you dip your brush in paint (here I used silver), and rub most of the paint off on paper until the paint is fairly dry. You then just apply it to areas of your model you think would need it most.
Washing is when you take a colour (in this case black) and thin it down with water. Then you brush it on in certain areas. You can leave it as it is, or if you think the colour is too strong, you can use a tissue to dab a bit of it off.
Highlighting is when you create a lighter version of your colour (e.g. dark green, light green), and paint very thin lines along the edges of your model, to really make the details pop. This technique is especially helpful when you're wanting to show off just how extremely detailed some areas of your model are.
And now you have your all brand new and fancy model, made from scraps! (hooray)
Just leave a comment or shoot me a PM if you have any questions. c;