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John Bodin
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I keep a small cup of water (disposable cup) on-hand -- a little water on your finger does a great job on smoothing Sculpy.  Also, a Sculpy thermometer is VERY useful for baking Sculpy -- pre-heat the oven, set to around 210 degrees F (safe temp, won't melt most action figure plastics), then bake for 20 - 30 minutes, depending on the thickness.

In working with lead figures, I'm not baking at around 100 degrees F for 30 minutes (just doing my first lead bake today, in fact).  I'll report back on that, just to verify.

BTW, GREAT work on the JLU and Batman customs, Lars -- LOVE that Freakazoid, and the Batman with the glider wings is SUPERB!
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Thanks John, good luck with your 'baking'.

Some simple repaints.*
Battle-damaged Batman from the episode 'Cult of the Cat'
(with a bad guy henchman from that ep)

*actually I had to dremmell off Batman's belt.

Calendar Girl from 'Mean Seasons' (formerly an Aurora from Alpha Flight)
Also Francine Langstrom from 'Terror in the Sky'


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You are all VERY talented.  I am enjoying this thread.

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Lock-Up and Red Claw.
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Jodi I like the look of the animated Robin figures as well, I must've bought a dozen of the little buggers.



Lois and Clark.
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Ity's fun to see all these animated Batmen and company. Everything looks
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First bake complete on my first Eaglemoss Marvel Figurine custom -- I do my build-ups with Sculpy in stages, baking the details to get them "set" (cured) before working on other details.

Thirty (30) minutes at around 100 degrees F seems to work well for curing Sculpy on lead figures based on this first effort.

Here's the results so far -- mask and front half of trunks looking pretty good:



EDITED TO ADD:  The "before-and-after" pics for this piece haven't been posted yet in this thread, so I'm adding that image for reference:





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John love them!

Here are pictures of customs I did a when Jonathan was little he had all the old SW figures but wanted new characters, we went to a toy show and there was some guy from Chicago that did custom SW figures but sold them for a ton, and they weren't that great. So I made him these. Most of them now have been made, which stinks, because they made mine look bad.

The Bantha walked and raised it's head and made a sound like an elephant which was really cool. I called it a Snow Bantha

Some of the characters are from the fan books.

Salacious was made to fit the big Jabba and 12 inch dolls.



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Here are some I did for contests for the magazine Toyfare

The Darth Venom and Luke Spiderwalker and the Carl from Caddyshack both won.

The Zach dog was a feature they had each month it was also in the magazine

The Jack doll was made because they no longer made the toys and to buy one it was way too much so I made my own.



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These are some I did for Jonathan to play with, the girl is Mary Jane.



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These I did just for me my favorite is PackRat he is from 4 figures and my sculpting, I like Alfred too, he was from a Anastasia happy meal toy and a Hunchback of Notre Dame villian toy.



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Here is a custom Heroclix I did of Toxie he was the hardest because he was so damn small.



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John, that Iron Man is coming along great! Keep us updated.

Jodi, Wow!
All your stuff is great. It really shows that you enjoyed working on all the figures. The Star Wars stuff is amazing. And seriously, packaging? Wow.

You probably can tell that I'm partial to the animated Batman figures, so you know that I'm lovin' yours. (That Victor Freis is inspired) Well done!
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Looks like Victor needs someone to spring him from the clink.
Like Grant Walker from the episode 'Deep Freeze.

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Etrigan and Jason Blood from 'The Demon Within'
The Demon has a real cloth cape! One of my favourite pieces.

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MANBATBATMAN!
What else am I supposed to do with an extra Man-Bat figure?
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Lars I love your animated Batman stuff too, that is such a great action figure line, they have such a nice look to them.  I love the Clayface. The movies in that series are so enjoyable to watch.

The Demon is excellent, amazing job!

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You guys are killing me!  I'm using a dial-up modem!
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John, do you use regular Sculpey or Super Sculpey?  I've never had good results from the regular, but the Super works pretty good for me.

Jodi, your customs are amazing.  Got any more?

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A couple of pics for you of my "inaction" figures:

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Cap makes for a fine paperweight.  This one, not so much:

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Steve:  I use Super Sculpy -- regular Sculpy crumbles horribly after baking . . . it comes out too chalk-like after baking.  Super Sculpy cures much closer to the plastics used for action figures.  Nicer to sculpt with before it's cured, too.

Super Sculpy firm is now available in gray blocks -- I am using the older Super Sculpy that's beige / fleshtone.  It's hard to see details while sculpting the beige; details show up much better with a gray sculpting medium, which is why gray is now available. 

In order to make my own gray Super Sculpy, I mixed in 1/4 of a block of Sculpy III black and 1/4 block of Sculpy III white (the smaller blocks, like in the images Jodi posted on page 1 of this thread) with one full-size block of the Super Sculpy beige (the large-size package, using the whole box); I chopped it all up into small blocks, then mashed it together a bit at a time with it with my hands (my daughter had fun helping me with this).  Then I ran it all through my pasta machine (my wife's actually -- NOT one we use for cooking, though; it's dedicated to craft stuff only) until it was well-blended, then I formed it all into one large block and stored it in a zip-lock baggie to keep it from drying out.

Jodi/Lars:  REALLY nice stuff -- you guys do great work!
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Steve:  Did you encase a Cap figure in clear acrylic to reproduce the "block of ice" effect, by chance?  If so, please give details on how you did it.  Love the rocket ship -- looks a lot like the one in the "Departure from Krypton" and "Arrival in Smallville" figurines I have.
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Another live-action figure:

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Steve: LOVE that pre-Avengers #4 Captain America! Brilliant!
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