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How to sculpt a movable beak by LimitlessEndeavours How to sculpt a movable beak by LimitlessEndeavours
One of many ways to sculpt a moveable beak!

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I used this way sculpting the movable beak for my posable gryphon doll Arimas:


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FluffyGerbil Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Student General Artist
Didn't even know this was possible. You, my friend, are brilliant. Thanks for the tutorial! :3
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! And welcome :meow:
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PGwainbenn Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Thank you very much for the tutorial!
I used it here: pgwainbenn.deviantart.com/art/…
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
You did a wonderful job! :la:
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PGwainbenn Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Oh thank you very much! I'm glad you like it!
And thanks again for the very helpful tutorial!
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Kreativjunkie Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the tut :)
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Welcome! :meow:
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WolfHybrid5 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for tutorial
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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Giraffe-3xpress Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
hmm do you think this would work with other jaws, maybe? canines/equines, perhaps..I'd love to try it.
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
I haven't tried it before with other types of jaws. Give it a try! Make sure the lower jaw does not get to heavy!
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animegirl007 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Another great tip  :happybounce: ... Thanks againHug
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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LanaLemony Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I recently tried to make a moving jaw, and it failed miserably.  Your way makes so much more sense!  I love it!
Thanks for sharing this and all of your other tutorials.  I never cast my dolls, but maybe I should start!

I also have a lot of plastic eyes, but never have managed to figure out how to get around baking them.  I think in your other tutorial with the head base, I could insert the eyes into the foam and sculpt around them!  Wow, this is so helpful for me! <3
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
I don't recommend putting plastic eyes into the oven! You can use glass eyes, those don't melt! If you put foam into the oven, make sure it is entirely and tightly covered with tin foil, otherwise it might expands from the heat and destroys your sculpt!
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LanaLemony Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh no, that was my point!  I've never been able to use my plastic eyes because they melt, and they rarely look good when they're not properly sculpted in and baked.

In another tutorial you posted I noticed you made a base that you could slide out from under the clay, though.  I was thinking I could firmly attach the eyes to the base and sculpt around them, then they could be removed for baking as well.

Sorry I wasn't clearer!
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aaaah, thats how you meant! I understand. Yes, you could try this! It should work! :meow:
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superayaa Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for making this! 
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
:meow:
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shadechristiwolven Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Excellent advice! Thank you so much for sharing all of your expertise
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very welcome! :meow:
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Glacialwolf13 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
what type of clay would you recommend, because I heard about fimo and super sculpy, but don't know if they work well. Also, do you know what to use to cover the clay so it doesn't get scratched up.
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Both clays work well, but it is about you to figure out with what type of clay you can work best with. After painting clay simply use a varnish to protect it from damage. I hope that helped!
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Glacialwolf13 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank, you were very helpful
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gebrek Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What a great tutorial!! Can't wait to try it out, thanks so much for posting this! :D
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Good luck! Let me know if you where successful! :meow:
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gebrek Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! and sure thing :)
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CMWyvern Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Cool! I might use this!
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
:meow:
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Eviecats Featured By Owner May 27, 2013
Brilliant! Thanks for making this ^_^
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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SD-DreamCrystal Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
question, will this also work for BJDs? As far as animal BJDs go...?
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have no experience in making BJDs, but it should work! :meow:
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SD-DreamCrystal Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll have to give it a try when I decide to do one ;)
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Let me know how it worked! I'd love to see the result!
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Sovriin Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Brilliant tutorial! Ive been really trying to figure out hinge joints on my models. Cant wait to try this! One question, will the beak hold its position when its finished, or will the lower jaw hang?
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I sculpted several beaks to figure this out and came to the conclusion, that it depends on the abrasion of the sculpey why some beaks where alright and some started to hang. The more you play with it, the more you smooth the sculpey around the stick - this method is not made for long lasting moving beaks. Some of my beaks hung right after i was done with baking the head - for me personal is it not the right method since i make high quality dolls for my business.

But try and figure out if this method it works out for you :meow: I wish you good luck!
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Free-Falling Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very cool! Thanks! =D
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome!
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Werewolf-Pirate Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you SO much for making this!!

I'm making an Archeopteryx puppet, and I was completely lost on how to do his beak!
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're welcome! Let me see when your done with you Archeopteryx, i would love to see him!
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Werewolf-Pirate Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not replying to your last comment, because I want it saved in my messages as an easy link back to your tutorial!

Still working on it. A few horrible attempts later, still trying!
There's a reason I don't usualy sculpt with clay. . .. -_-*
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Maybe i can help you. What's the problem? Is it the clay you're working with? What clay do you use?
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Werewolf-Pirate Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know.
It probably involves me using air-drying clay I've had for years. . . . . ^^;

(I kinda don't have money to buy more)

I was thinking I could try it in foam. . . my suit head is made entirely out of it, so I know it's moldable (to a point)
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Air-drying clay is not the right one for this type of sculpting. Use some super sculpey. It is easy to work with - even after baking it. A box sculpey is not very expensive (You always need to spend some money to learn and make progress on your work) so it won't make you broke. ;)

I have not really experience working with foam, but it sounds possible for me! Give it a try!

Let me know, if you have any questions :meow:
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Werewolf-Pirate Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have the money to buy Sculpty (or any good priced ANYTHING) and I wasn't planning on selling anything.
It was going to be the beak/face of an Archeopteryx fursuit head for myself.

Foam is ok, but for details like yours, you really have to know what you are doing (which I don't) .

Thanks! ^^D
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ah, a fursuit head. Well, this type of making a movable beak is not the right one at all. It won't work for fursuit heads - except you just want to open and close the beak with your hands and not with your jaw. There are better and also cheap ways to do that. :)
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Werewolf-Pirate Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Will do!
(It may be a while, though. ^^; )
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LimitlessEndeavours Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
I would love to see the result!
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goodgirl4 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Filmographer
You are a wonderful person. Thank you!
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