So, you want to learn how to make a resin figure. OR, you want to become an Etsy boss selling kawaii Decoden charms. Either way, I've got my own personal breakdown of how to make resin figures and how much it will cost. Some of these steps can be skipped based on where you're at in your journey. I'll be going through the process from beginning to end.
This is a step that will take some practice but don't worry you can do it. Planning and sculpting are the first hurdles of creating your figure from scratch. You can either take the time to draw out your idea from each angle or if you feel like a true "G", Just start sculpting using your imagination. I personally plan out my idea through sketches and sometimes cut out the shapes using paper so I can reference sizing and shape. There are many different materials although I feel that these items work best for me.
Super Sculpey comes in two different compounds, Original and Firm. The Original is soft and the firm is more solid and hard. I find the firm is great for sculpting and keeping shape. I used the original in my early days because it was closer to Play-Doh texture and easier to learn with. Both need to be baked after sculpting to harden.
There are a crap ton of tools you can use to sculpt with. I've used a lot although at the end of the day all I really use is an Exacto Knife and my finger. This is all based on your design though. The more complex your sculpt is, the more tools you'll want to earn how to use.
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So now that you've got your Super Sculpey and tools start having fun. Don't be afraid to crumble that first sculpt up and start over again. The second and third are always better than the first. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND watching YouTube videos. When I first started sculpting there were no artists making videos on how to sculpt. Now you can watch all the professionals and get the best tips.
Lastly, you'll bake that puppy. Put it in your oven or toaster oven for 15 min on 275 and check on it periodically to make sure it's not burning up. The Sculpey box will have all the directions. Let it cool and pray there are no cracks.
This is for those that want that baby smooth figure. No lumps clumps or imperfections. I mean, it's made by hand and it's a sculpt so it's not going to be machine perfect. We are still just human. You'll want to grab a range of WET sandpapers. Start off with 200-300 grit and get all those lumps, bumps and fingerprints sanded down. It's going to look scratchy but that's ok because you're going to move on to 400 grit, then 600, then 800, then 1000 and end at 1,500 or even 2000. By the time you sand your way through those grits, your figure will feel like butter and may slip out of your hands.
NOW, all of this information is irrelevant if you have a 3-D printer. You can easily just hire someone to design your figure, or you can if you know the programs, then have it 3-D printed. Just make sure you have a good 3-D printer that prints smooth and not that choppy layered whip cream looking texture.
Now let's move on to the RESIN MAKING!
In my opinion, getting the initial figure created is the hard part. The casting and resin process is quite easy, just make sure you have a space to get messy and a respirator to block out the fumes.