I’ve recently found a new interest in miniatures and feel like making some. What are the basic tools for making miniature clay sculpts, and where can I find them in Singapore? Also, where can I find Epoxy Clay in Singapore?
First, there are different kinds of "clay" available these days but they vary widely in how you can use them, their strength, ability to take detail, color-ability and more.
Most "miniatures" are probably made with polymer clay and it will take the greatest detail. Other clays could be used too with 2-part epoxy clays being one possibility, and the many kinds of air-dry clay being others.
You can read about the various kinds of clay sold these days in my previous answer here to get oriented:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100621051506AA53JtD (ignore the 2nd paragraph)
As for using the EPOXY-type clays, they don’t need to be baked but the 2 parts do need to be mixed together thoroughly and will harden automatically in a few hrs (in that way they’re like air-dry clays which will dry to harden and start doing that fairly soon, but unlike polymer clays that won’t ever harden till they’re heated/baked).
They are often used to sculpt larger pieces (heads, etc) and also by males who make war or other scenery items.
Here’s some info about the various kinds of epoxy clay/putty (…keep in mind though that many who use epoxy clays aren’t really familiar with polymer clays or are misinformed about it, and often don’t know of any brands/lines of it besides the various bulk or small bar Sculpeys and those aren’t as good as other brands/lines of polymer clay!:
And for using POLYMER clays, and making miniatures from them in particular, look here:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111003092108AAYpV8Q (my answer)
As for tools to use with clay(s), there are many that can be used but only a few kinds are really necessary. And those tools don’t have to be purchased ones (though for some kinds of "sculpting" those can be helpful). Those plastic tools for earthern clay and often for kids aren’t especially useful IMO.
Check out the info/links re tools in my previous answer here:
In Singapore, Garie Sim has a physical and online store with some tools (plus polymer clay and loads of lessons, as well as at least one kind of epoxy-type clay –Milliput):
** Polymer clays can be used to make items small to large (often with armatures for the large ones), simple to realistic items, and also to do lots of other things/effects that can’t be done very well or at all using other kinds of clay.***
And both types of clay can be used in molds too of course, and both types of clay can be made into simple and/or cute items or quite detailed and more realistic items depending on the skill and intent of the clayer. Both can be painted after hardening, but with polymer clay in particular the color is often built in (though doesn’t have to be).
*** http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ao8a0Etm83nROFhyLIozCl2u5HNG;_ylv=3?qid=20121117142647AAj3z6y (my answer, especially the links in 3rd paragraph)