A Beginner’s Guide to Sculpting part X – Belts, Buckles, Bags

Way back when I started writing for Hand Cannon, I asked what people wanted to see.  One of the requests was for how to sculpt belts, buckles and bags.  I’ve been terribly slack in getting around to it, but I finally have a sculpt that needs a bit of greenstuff work, so it’s time for another sculpting tutorial…

Belts and Buckles

So it’s time for another pGrissel sculpt – this time for a charity auction.

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The inside of the arm was looking quite drab when smoothed over, so I’ve scored it up with a knife to give it a wrapped, bandaged look.  I haven’t put much effort into tidying this up, as it’s going to be concealed by the belts and buckles.  It just gives a basic texture to the arm.

For the buckle, we need an insanely tiny amount of greenstuff.  I thought this was about the size when I was taking the photo.  Turns out it was twice the size I needed.  For scale, the squares on my cutting mat are 1cm.

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Using my new fancy clay shapers!!  I grab a pokey tool and poke away

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 I use an exacto knife to square up the greenstuff, and when the cursed thing lifts off the mat, I decide to put it onto Grissel’s arm.

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It’s still a bit misshapen …

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So I square it up with a pokey clay shaper

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I’ve talked about making belts before.  Smear vaseline on a smooth surface, and roll out a greenstuff worm.

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Flatten out the worm with the side of a sculpting tool

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Snipping off the most ridiculously small amount of greenstuff, try and get it to roughly the right target area.

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And spend an eternity playing with it while you try and get it to sit down for you, while remaining in roughly the right shape.

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And now that you’ve done one, it’s time to repeat the feat, while also trying to make it the same size as the first one you did.

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 Bags

There are many type of bags.  I decided to have a go at the kind of sack that trolls tend to hang from their belts.  Once again we start with a blob of greenstuff we think is roughly the right size.

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Using a needle tool, I try to put a bit of a waist in it.

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Once we have a waist, we can start to make the top of the bag.  Here’s the three steps:

  1. Use a pokey tool to make a wide dent in the top
  2. Indent the surrounds to look like a collapsing cloth bag
  3. Curse when you bend the neck down onto the bag and have to start from scratch.

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Eventually you end up with something like this

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I’ve bulked it up a tiny bit more, and stuck it down onto my mat for easier handling

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Using a tiny worm of greenstuff, I’ve made a tie string.  Note I didn’t loop it around the neck, I went from one side to the other, then doubled back over itself.  Then I used a wedge tool to tuck in the two ends under the neck. THE PERFECT CRIME!  No-one will ever know … unless they read this tutorial … I really didn’t think that one through.

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To add a bit of interest, and because I hadn’t used up my quota of expletives for the day, I decided to push myself and add a patch to the bag.  Start by using a knife to cut in the shape of the patch.

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Then using a wedge clay shaper, smooth the bag again.  When you cut, you leave a round cornered indent.  For a patch, you really want a sharp cornered indent.  Smoothing back the bag sharpens up the corners as you see in the photo below.

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I take a tiny piece of greenstuff, and cut it into a right angle triangle, then apply it as a torn corner of the patch.  I push in the area it’s torn away from to make the open part of the bag.

I then use my knife to cut where stitches would be

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Greenstuff worms too small to see make the stitches over these cuts, and we’re done.

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For scale, here’s the bag alongside a bottle from the Hunters Grim

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That’s all for this tutorial.  As always, I’m happy to answer questions on the PP forums, or in the comments below.

Until next time, happy sculpting

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  1. Fenris said:

    This is great! I was trying to sculpt buckles and belts for a demon some time ago and could not get the buckles right. I’ll definitely try this out

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