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Volcanic Formations by Neyjour Volcanic Formations by Neyjour
Here are my first finished attempts at hand sculpting with clay.  I made a few aborted attempts at first, and on the 4th try I came up with the one on the top right.  I was pretty happy with how it turned out and immediately made 3 more.  I probably would have made even more of them, but I ran out of clay and had to stop there.  :P

They were made with Amaco Air Dry Modeling Clay, which you can purchase from Hobby Lobby.

I'm not really sure what I want to do with these.  I was thinking of possibly selling them as-is, for someone to paint themselves and use for their own tabletop gaming terrain project, but I'm wondering if maybe they're not really a suitable material for that purpose?  They're fairly heavy, and I'm concerned that they might be too fragile?  If you have any experience with making (or using) sculptures made with this type of clay, I'd really appreciate your thoughts on it.  :)
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jcarlhenderson Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Lots of older table top miniatures are made of lead and/or resin, both of which can be just as fragile as plastic clay models. General GMing rule: keep plenty of superglue on hand.
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Neyjour Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL!  Good to know!  Thanks.  :)
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ironmammoth Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You could try coating them with a watered down varnish. This would soak into the clay and harden it up a good bit. I can't suggest anything for the weight though...
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Neyjour Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the suggestion.  :)

I don't have any varnish on hand, but I do have some Earth Safe Finishes Sealer.  Do you think that could work as a substitute, or would it be best to get some varnish?

With the weight, I'm mostly worried about shipping & handling costs.  The two smaller ones actually aren't that heavy, but the two larger ones are kind of hefty.  I guess I need to weigh them and see if I can get some info online about how much that would cost.  If I do sell them, I want to sell all 4 together as a set.
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ironmammoth Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
The sealer sounds like it would work, although I have not had any experience with that one.
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Neyjour Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, thanks. :)
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