Using Dental Tools for Sculpting
When I first started sculpting with Super Sculpey I went out and purchased a little $5 set of plastic sculpting tools at my local Hobby Lobby. These tools were great for the time and I used them consistently for about a year and half to two years. However, as my skills improved I started to realize the limitations of my starter set of sculpting tools.
Now I had heard through the grapevine that dental tools were great for sculpting. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes and best of all are made of metal. I first started by asking my local dentist if they had any old tools that they were disposing of. After a few crazy looks it was clear that I should just break down and go out and buy a set of my own. To my surprise I found a set of 18 dental tools on Amazon.com for a price around $25. I was skeptical at first but thought for that low amount of money it was worth taking the risk.
I have to say that it was the best investment that I ever made and the quality of the tools more than exceeded my expectations. First of all, I really liked how my new sculpting tools had some weight to them. Another great quality is that they are made of stainless steel. My set came with more shapes and designs than I would probably use but always gives me the opportunity to try something new in the future. I can’t express enough how pleased I am with my tool set and not excluding my pasta machine have to put these tools as one of the best investments I have made.
Will dental tools make me a better sculptor?
Now keep in mind that a tool alone is not going to make you a better sculptor. There are people out there that just sculpt with their hands, butter knives, tooth picks and even q-tips. It takes time and practice to develop ones skill and a tool alone will not make you a better sculptor over night. Now, all that being said the right tools can help you improve on the quality of your sculptures.Â Whether it be an improvement on the way you smooth out the clay or a simple little tool that helps you get to those hard to reach places, some sculpting tools just make sculpting a lot easier.
I highly recommend using dental tools for sculpting but there is no need to break the bank when purchasing a set. As I said earlier, I bought mine for around $25 off of Amazon.com and it was one of the best purchases that I made.Â You can see Amazon.com’s current prices for the set that I bought by clicking here.