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
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!
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.
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 I wish you good luck!
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!
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.