Archive | July, 2016

Why are sculpts gray?

Hello, everyone!

Today we’re going to answer one question that has been asked a few times for us: why are the dolls sculpts gray?

You may have noticed that when we first showed this picture comparing Jude’s sculpt with a resin Caroline, he’s gray and she’s our color Peach.

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It’s not, as some of you might be thinking, because of the material we sculpt our dolls. The paper clay we used to make Jude is white! Shocking, I know!

The gray comes from the primer we apply on the sculpts before we make the molds. Here it is, alongside my airbrush. In case you’re wondering, I prefer the airbrush instead of the spray can because I get a better control of the flow.

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The primer has three main functions:

First, to give the pieces a uniform and smooth texture, the same that the finished resin doll has.

Second, to make many small imperfections on the sculpt become visible so we can sand them. There is already a sanding process on the sculpts before we apply the primer, but some defects are really small and we can only detect them after the primer.

Third, to shield the sculpt from the silicon of the molds. Some materials, like the paper clay we use, are porous, and if the silicon enter the tiny holes in the sculpt, the mold is ruined. However, with a coat of primer, we protect both the piece and the mold.

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Here is Jude’s sculpt drying after another coating of primer. You can see it’s more uniform than it was in the pictures with Caroline.

Summing up, the main purpose of the primer is to make the sculpt ready to make the mold and prevent problems with the resin pieces. If we fix an imperfection on the sculpt, we don’t have to fix it on every single replicated piece in resin. And, since the primer is gray, everything becomes gray with it.

I hope you all liked this post about the process of making our dolls. If you wish, we can make more of them, just tell us you want more on our facebook page!

Till next time!