After research about what other sculptors use and trying out various tools, I gathered a set of tools. Some are very common tools, bought in art stores. Some are home-made.
a) This is very good for creating fine wrinkles, or fine pores. It has a very springy feel, so it is good for dragging along the surface, creating random natural lines
b) I have quite a few different ball-point stylus tip, for pores, or for working on awkward hard-to-reach corners.
c) This is a flat tool, that is excellent for slicing down the sculpt quickly at the early stages.
d) Don Lanning used this in his DVD lecture, as a rake. I find it very useful for big pieces, but not mucd use when u are working on small pieces.
e) Stipple sponge, usually used for face painting, is my favourite tool. It can be used for blending, or dusting off small clay bits, or for final finishing. And because it is not like normal sponge, it does not crumble over time. Just give it a wash with lighter fluid when clay get caught in it.
f) They are made with guitar strings of different thickness, stuffed into a brass tube. Can be used for raking, sculpting details, or simply to smooth surfaces. Very useful.
g) I bought a whole set of these with a few pounds. There is no need to buy the expensive ones. After ‘drawing’ in lines with a hard tool, rubber tip is great for making the edges rounder and thus making it look more organic.
h) For dusting awkward corners or for applying lighter fluid to smooth things out.
i) This had been explained in an earlier post for heating up the clay as I am working on it. However, I also use it to heat up my metal tool when I am working on a very small area.
j) I only use lighter fluid on the Chavant NSP clays.
k) Calipers are for measuring and scaling up.
l) I bought a dog brush, and split it up into two parts. This is the part with the plastic bristles. I ‘hit’ my sculptures with it to give it a very natural skin-like texture.
m) This is made with a small crop of the plastic bristles. It is to create that skin-like texture, in corners.
n) This is the other part of the dog brush. It has springy metal combs. I drag it along the surface and repeat them in a criss-cross manner to create skin texture.
o) Toothbrush is mainly for brushing off small bits of clay.