Guide to Sculpting Hands With Clay: Easy Steps For 2 Styles
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Today, I will share the guide to sculpting hands with clay; you'll learn two styles of hand sculpting techniques: chibi and scale, the main points of making the hands of a chibi figure and the hands of a scale figure are different, but don't worry; I will teach you how to sculpt each in the following sections. You can quickly master it by following these easy steps.

Before studying this guide, you will need to prepare these materials or tools: skin air dry clay, detail needle, carving modeling tool, and craft scissors.

Get your clay and tools ready to give it a try!

Steps for Sculpting Hands With Clay

For Chibi Figure

1. Take skin clay and roll it into long strips, flatten one end with a thumb punch or detail needle, and the beginnings of a palm are created.

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2. Use the rounded end of the detail needle to press the palm area and then cut out the shape of the thumb.

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3. Use a detail needle to press and adjust the details of the finger for a natural transition of the surface curves. Then, use a carving modeling tool to press out the remaining fingers

Tips: The thumb and index finger distance is wider than between the other fingers.

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4. Use a detail needle to press inwardly recessed nests in the center of the palm position, and then the hand of this chibi figure is created.

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For Scale Figure

1. The basic shape of the palm should be slender with the middle two fingers longer than the other four fingers excluding the thumb, while the two ends fingers are shorter. The overall contour is a pointed shape.

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2. The thumb is made separately from the other four fingers, and when making the fingers, the finger joints should be pressed out.

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3. Use smoothing water to smooth out the joints after the thumbs are taped.

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Summary

Learning here, you will realize that making the hand of a figure is not a difficult task; it is very newbie-friendly, and if you plan to sculpt a figure out of clay, then this article will surely be of immense help to you!

You can start here if you still want to learn a more comprehensive guide about clay figure sculpting.

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