Bat Thing

This is a polymer clay sculpture of a bat creature, inspired at least in part, by the bat creature from Bram Stoker's Dracula. didn't have much of an idea for how this was going to look before I started making this. In fact the original idea for this was that I was going to blast it with a heat gun. Iíd noticed a while ago that if you hit sculpey with a heat gun it goes lumpy like textured skin. So I was going to create a scaley/burnt skin type creature. As it turned out the sculpture ended up with quite a gentle look and so the skin idea didnít seem appropriate.

I airbrushed the sculpey with various blues, greens, yellows and reds. The colouring came out quite subtle I think and looks quite realistic, so Iím keen to do some more larger scale sculptures.

Here're some in progress pictures.

One problem with this was that Iíd built the sculpture too large to fit into the oven, and as I wasnít going to use a heat gun I needed a way to cook it. In the end I came up with the idea of opening the oven and sitting the sculpture on the open door. I then built a tin foil tent around the sculpture to contain the heat. This worked quite well which is handy as it opens the possibility of doing larger scale items in sculpey.

There's a full build thread on my blog.