Miniatures on Budget

5 Basics you Need to Create Miniatures on a Budget

5 Basics you Need to Create Miniatures on a Budget

Are you looking for a hobby that is immensely absorbing and which stands to give you good money? You should discover the craft of making miniatures. This hobby of creating small replicas of real life objects can be very absorbing as you need to get the details as life like as possible. It can also be immensely rewarding. Think of a commission to do miniatures for a film set. Some film producers will go for this option if they don’t have the budget for CGI. If you are starting out, here are a few steps to set you on the path to becoming a master sculptor.

Scale the set

Getting your measurements right is the key to having a perfect set. Pick on the scale to use. The most commonly used is 1:6 which allows relatively detailed sets to fit into a garage or a small guest room. Objects at this scale will be big enough for good manipulation and detailing.

Choose your materials

As a beginner, you will need material that allows you to experiment without wastage. Most sculptors work with putty which is malleable enough for easy manipulation. Other materials you can use for a more real life look include foam, plastic, wood, rock and metal.

Get the tools

You will need tools that can do three basic tasks; shaping, cutting and brushing up. These tools include:

  • Silicone brush/shaper

This tool has a blunt end which is ideal for beating malleable material like putty or silicone into different shapes and also making broad marks like grooves

  • Sculpting blade

This tool is for making sharp narrow lines on the material and taking away tiny amounts. It is basically a small sharp knife to cut with.

  • Scooping Spoon

This tool helps spread putty evenly and scoop off the excess.

  • Lubricant

This is used to prevent putty sticking on the skin and tools. You can use water. Some sculptors spit on it but the best lubricant is skin cream or cooking oil.

Set the base

You will need a good platform which is comfortable to work on i.e. one that does not make your slouch too much which could cause back problems. The best platform is one which can be raised or lowered to give easy access to different parts of the set.

Light up the set

Good lighting is essential in sculpting as it helps you achieve the correct effects. If you are not working in an area lit by sunshine, install an overhead lamp for general lighting and a highlighting lamp to help you focus on specific areas of the set.