How to Create Your Own 10-inch Figure

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Creating your own 10-inch figure lets you decide appearance, superpowers, material, and construction. What helps is that a simple idea can transform into a perfect 10-inch action figure as long as you know what you are doing.

 

Supplies

Those planning to make a figure from scratch need some kind of modelling material like clay, sculpting tools,super glue, paint,paintbrushes, and any little desired action figure accessories. To make one using existing parts, you still need paints and paint brushes to customise along with any accessories you fancy.

 

From Scratch

Use modelling clay or a product like Apoxie Sculpt. Make sure the product is the right consistency before using; it should be hard enough to work with. Sculpt the body and the face using suitable sculpting tools, although bear in mind that this process takes practise. During the sculpting process, take periodic measurements to make to stay within the 10-inch mark. Once the sculpting is done, drilling, sanding, and painting follows.

 

Using Existing Figures

Broken action figures or ones no longer in use serve as great raw material to make new ones. However, you might have to limit your search to 10-inch figures to keep the scale in proportion because parts from smaller 6 or 7 inch figures or larger 18-inch figures might not fit. To make multiple, consider purchasing bulk or a job lot of action figures. For the head, you can turn to old athlete figures because they are often hard to recognise without their sportswear. For a superhero look, the body is relatively easier to source, given that most action figures come with muscular bodies. Once you have both, get the head in place. If the body hole and the head stem line up, turn the figure's head into place. If not, use super glue. Next is choosing and attaching accessories like mobile phones, jackets, shoes, swords, and weapons.

 

Painting

Working with existing parts requires washing them warm soapy water to remove oily lubrication manufacturers use to keep joints mobile, as this lubricant prevents new coats of paint from adhering. Lacquer paints are good, but not for use on soft rubber. These paints serve well for base coats, and take up to four hours to cure. Acrylic paints, the most common choice when it comes to custom painting action figures, work well with most painting techniques and cure in around two hours. Enamels are not as good as the previous two options. Use enamel paint only on hard plastic surfaces because it can make rubber and soft plastic sticky.

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