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Today's Project: Clay Tools by DireArtificer Today's Project: Clay Tools by DireArtificer
I've been wanting some different tools to use with my clay sculpting. Rather than buy them, I decided to make them. (1.) Picking three fairly straight 6 inch lengths of 1/2 inch black oak from the brush pile, (2.) I whittled off the bark and knots with my trusty Mora, (3.) and then created the basic shape for the three tools I was wanting. (4.) After I sanded the tools down and glued three short lengths of 22 gauge stainless steel wire, I now have a square headed sculpting tool, a scale sculpting tool (for making fish/dragon scales and the like), and a scoring tool that makes three equidistant lines very easily. Examples of the tools at work can be seen in the piece of clay to the left.
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morikasai Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ohh thats cool!
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DireArtificer Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Its a lot more fun than just buying them. Cheaper too. Sweating a little... 
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morikasai Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If I could carve I would do something like that myself, but sadly I very much lack in that skill
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DireArtificer Featured By Owner Edited Aug 27, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
Its not that hard. I'm still a novice at it myself. It just takes practice, patience, and the proper tools.

I recommend Mora knives from Sweden for any wood carving because they're cheap and so sharp that even with the black oak I normally use its like carving through butter. (the one I normally use, a green Morakniv Companion knife, is only $14 on Amazon right now). Also when first learning to carve, wear protective gloves to keep from accidentally nicking yourself and to prevent blisters if you're lacking in hand callouses like me. Main thing to remember is to carve slow, you can always remove more wood, but you can't add any back, and nothing is worth losing a finger over.

I first started carving with fallen tree limbs that had some time to dry out. and I wasted a lot of wood in the beginning before I started getting what I wanted out of the wood. After you get the hang of basic whittling then you can move onto the more complex stuff like using wood rasps, files, gouges, combining different woods to get interesting patterns, and etc. Whittling with a good knife, in my opinion, is the best starting point because it helps you get a feel for wood's heft, grain, and other properties. Its a great skill that anyone can get started in so I'm sure you can carve something like these simple tools if you put in enough effort. :) (Smile) 

Sorry for the long reply.
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morikasai Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I see, thank you very much! I guess my main problem is lack of supplies and practice, both of my knives are a bit dull and there aren't many large fallen tree limbs around where I live
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