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Before / After Harli Dane sculpture by Pajutee Before / After Harli Dane sculpture by Pajutee
This pic shows one of my original 1:12 scale miniature Great Dane sculptures (handbuilt from a blended polymer clay with wire armature).  It shows both before and after the paint and applied powder-fine alpaca flock was added.  Details were added by hand using a fine 10/0 brush and permanent professional fabric inks.  After the inks were dried, the piece was sealed to prevent shedding. This dog was created as a companion dog to the reclining Harli dane.  This dog is sold.  
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AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Edited Feb 19, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
What brand of clay do you use?
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Pajutee Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I prefer a firm, dark colored polymer clay to work in miniature scale.  This dane was created with a blended FIMO classic and PuppenFimo brand of black, brown, flesh and translucent.  The piece has been built over an armature of wire, foil and masking tape to hold shape while curing in the oven.  I also like to use the German clay called BeeSputty, which is a combination of polymer and wax.
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AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!  Couple more questions.. How do you keep tiny pieces (like ears) from moving around your work space because that's been driving me wild. And how d you get clean cuts with an xacto knife?
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Pajutee Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't think I understand your questions?  The ears are attached using raw polymer clay and any seams are smoothed.  I do not have any trouble with things moving around.
If you are speaking of clean inside cuts or shaping the baked polymer clay, I do not use an Xacto knife for this purpose, rather, I use carbide scraper tips to carve cured clay as well as power sanding/burring tips on a micro dremel.
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AClockworkKitten Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Oh. Well I sculpt the ears separately and they either move around or stick to my tools.  How do you sculpt ears?  And I mean cutting off clay before baking. It never leaves a smooth cut. 
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Pajutee Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I also make the ears separate and attach to the sculpture.  You can smooth the raw polymer clay after carving using your finger or sculpting tool, or use a brush with smoothing oil, rubbing alcohol or acetone.  
You might want to watch some videos on how other sculptors work their clay to find a method that works best for you.
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jaymesage Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Beautiful.  Looks like my Kain.
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Pajutee Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you
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TheMushman Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
how much do you charge? :)
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Pajutee Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It depends on the sculpt i.e., breed, size, pose, coat color (s), etc.
Currently, I am not taking on any additional special request commissions, but if you are looking for something in particular - please note me ;)   
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TheMushman Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Ok ^^ I will watch you! Another question, do you make replicas of pets? (like a photograph of a pet could be made into a similar model?)
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Pajutee Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yep - all the time :)
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Saltei Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How do you add the coat ;u;
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Pajutee Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The coat on this harli is hand-cut, powder-fine alpaca.  It is carefully applied in small sections at a time using glue that has been applied in thin layers with a paint brush.
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Itachi Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello Pajutee! I love your work! Do you apply fabric paints to all of your pieces or just buy tons of colored alpaca fiber?
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Pajutee Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello, and Thank you! 
I try to use dyed fibers on the piece if I can.  I do not use fabric paints (I experimented with them several years ago and did not like the crusty, flaky residue atop the fiber coat).
If I have to detail a pattern on the fiber, I will use professional acrylic inks applied with a brush.  I do not use the commercial craft fabric ink pens as some of them never dry properly when applied to wools, or they will smudge or fade when the piece is handled.  Just sayin.... 
BTW -- I do have a weakness for alpaca and have tons of it in nearly every color available (and then some).
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Feral-Cats Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm utterly stunned by how realistic your sculptures look!
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Pajutee Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the look & awesome comment on my miniature sculptures =D 
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Feral-Cats Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome. :)
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SilkTopHatSally Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so lovely! You do such a great job with the muscle definition
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Sfiziboom Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing :-) I love work in progress Love 
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Pajutee Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!  Seeing WIP pics sort of takes the mystery out it :)
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Tammysoul Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My absolute favorite dog is a Harlequin Great Dane. I am so Jealous of the new ownerWaaaah! 
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Pajutee Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
One of my all time fav breeds of dog - with cropped or uncropped ears.  I just wish they had a longer lifespan :(
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gmdwilcox Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely, I wish my dogs could be sprayed to prevent shedding, he he he!
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Pajutee Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL - I hear ya!
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TomsGG Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014
boaaaaahhh... i'm so in awe :heart: i've never seen something like that in RL (real life).
Thanks for showing the two states. It's really interesting :thumbsup: you have some modeling skills... i bow low :bow: :clap:
Did you ever try a bigger scale (just curious, your mini's are beautiful)
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Pajutee Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!  Yes, I have worked in various scales in years past -- largest scale size 1:4.  Experience in various types of clays (earthen, paper, epoxy, oil-based, etc.) and also wax.  Polymer clay is actually my least favorite medium, but it works best for the 1:12 work I am currently producing.   
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TomsGG Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
oh thank you for the answer, it's really interesting!!! :thumbsup: 1:4 can be really big i imagine :wow:
I guess every technique/scale has its own best suitable medium... What would be your favourite? *nosy*
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Pajutee Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
For sculpting pieces that will not have any type of fiber applied, I prefer:
Firm plastiline for sharp detail.  But then, it is not permanent and would need to be cast.
Porcelain clay, though challenging, produces beautiful smooth lines (but very dry hands).  
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SwordsSound Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
w-o-w!!!!!!!!!
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Pajutee Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
TY!  I have been meaning to upload a couple Before & After WIPs as I have had a few comments wondering whether my work has been photo-shopped >wink<.
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