Toymaking: Let’s make resin satyrs.

In case you don’t follow my Twitter, I’ve recently decided to have a go at making a run of designer resin toys.

I have a whole themed line planned, but my first mistake-riddled, feel-free-to-fuck-up, cherry-popping, throwaway project is a satyr.

I work on him on weekends, when I’m not doing TAZ. This is what he looks like right now; click for piss-poor iPhone turnaround photos.

Kinda looks like Tom Waits.
Kinda looks like Tom Waits.

He’s got a core of armature wire wrapped around wadded-up tinfoil; it keeps him reasonably light, and less likely to crack when he’s baked. Over the tinfoil and wire, which established his basic body shape, went a layer of Super Sculpey. And over that, I’ve been bulking him out and sculpting on the details with Super Sculpey Firm.

He’s been baked about six times so far; I bake him every time I’m happy with a few hours of work. After baking, I usually sand down any minor imperfections with 400 grit sandpaper, then buff the sanded bit with flannel.

He’s about seven inches tall, five inches wide (arm span included), and a weekend from being finished. When he’s done, he’ll get one last bake, sand, and buff, be coated with primer, and I’ll start on the second big step; casting copies of him in resin.

I hope you buy one.

6 thoughts on “Toymaking: Let’s make resin satyrs.”

  1. Oh jeeze. This guy looks awesome. It makes me want to take another crack at sculpy! How much do you think these guys will cost when they’re up for sale? I may be interested in buying one.

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