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Nephrurus amaye sculpture by LandGart Nephrurus amaye sculpture by LandGart
This is a Nephrurus amyae sculpture I made for a friend. They are an orange knob-tailed gecko native to Australia. It is made from a wire and tinfoil armature, sculpey, glass beads for the eyes, and acrylic paints. It took approximately 15 hours to make.
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CaterpillarArts Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
What a neat sculpture, I've always thought knob-tailed geckos were interesting. All of that texture must have felt like it took ages, but it was definitely worth it - very cute! :)
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LandGart Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to guess at 20 hours total, but honestly i had way more of a tough time trying to guestimate the exact dimensions of the basic body than the little details. I've only ever seen them in person twice so I mostly had to go by photos for reference which made it a lot harder. It's head was very flat and dragon-like for a while until I stopped and really thought about how round jaw muscles make their heads and cheeks. I'd say I ended up doing probably 4 layers/redo's of the head shape before I got it right.
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CaterpillarArts Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm always having to remind myself to slow down and work in layers - It takes longer, but the end result always looks better in my experience. I can't wait to see what other little critters you come up with :)
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LandGart Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it's tough because I haven't been sculpting very long so i'm learning a lot with each thing i make and immediately regretting the way i did certain parts! lol On the amaye i did bake the whole thing right before I put the rosettes (those top spikes) on so that i would stop denting it's body when i bumped it with my fingernails or anything else in my hands. I tried a technique another sculptor told me about where you put a very fine coat of Vasoline on the cured clay and it will help the fresh clay you're adding stick...i still had a lot of trouble though and i'm not sure i'd try that technique again! I did the whole moloch uncured and while it was insanely hard, the clay did stick on a bit easier soooo i'm not sure what i'll try next time i do spikes...if i'm ever insane enough to do such spiky species again...which i'm sure i am lol
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CaterpillarArts Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Have you tried using liquid polymer clay as an adhesive? I stubbornly resisted using it (i.e. was too lazy to go to the store :)) until a couple of weeks ago - it's definitely going to be a staple supply at my desk now. The liquid clay really makes it so much easier to attach raw clay to baked pieces.
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LandGart Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i haven't yet but i did consider it until i was told the Vasoline would do the same. Since i had some on hand i just tried that. Maybe i'll just try the liquid next time.
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Adys-Creations Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really nicely done!

How did you get the texture of the scales?
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LandGart Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :) I just used a very fine piece of metal that had a cross pattern in it and rolled it on the bare clay after sculpting it's last skin, then rolled tiny pieces like little cones and pushed 4-5 of them together and placed each one (they're called rosettes) onto the outermost layer of clay...it was VERY time consuming work! lol
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silveredraincloud Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is freaking stunning, so eye catching too. It looks so real, very awesome!
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LandGart Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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Wolfyone Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lucky friend!
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LandGart Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, yeah he knows he is. Of course now he's asking for more! lol
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Wolfyone Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't blame him one bit. I would be too! :)
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