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.


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.

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


 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.

It’s still a bit misshapen …

So I square it up with a pokey clay shaper


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


Flatten out the worm with the side of a sculpting tool


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

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.

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.



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.

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

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.

Eventually you end up with something like this

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

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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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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