Hi everyone, I'm working on an open mouth design as a commision piece at the moment and have run out of the strong thread I usually use for sculpting the jaw area. I was just wondering what you all use for facial sculpting especially when working on open mouths?
Thanks a lot for your ideas,
I don't do open mouths but I find upholstery thread absolutely unbreakable. It's 100% nylon.
Others talk about artificial sinew, which they tend to split into thinner strips, for facial sculpting. I've purchased it in the past at Michael's our local craft store... but that probably doesn't work as a recommendation for you, Catherine, in Belgium! If you do have a craft section, look where they have leather strips or any kind of American Indian stuff, like kits for making moccasins, conchas, turquoise beads, etc. Although, hmmm... that might not work for you, either, given that we Americans probably do a little more of the ol' American Indian crafting than Belgians do. Laughing here...
yeah you're quite right Shelli - not always easy to find a lot of American Indian stuff over here I find it tricky to find what I'm looking for - but now I can look for thread that is 100% nylon , easier than trying to translate upholstery thread!! Thanks a lot, (I hope your boys and all your kitties are well)
Cathrine, you may find some heavy good thread at your local leather or shoe shop...that is if you have any there...also check with your clothes cleaners...they have to do repairs and may have some heavy threads. Upholstry shops here always carry nylon threads and fabric on rolls for people who like to upholstry their own chairs, etc. ....Winney
I don't do a huge amount of needle sculpting. But I use whipping twine, the very thinnest one, from a yacht chandlers. For these reasons, one it's incredibly strong and you can pull extremely hard on it, two, as it's designed for knots ( and I use it to tie in the eyes) the knots won't slip when you tighten it and three it doesn't cut into your fingers when you pull on it, unlike upholstery thread which is a killer.
It does come in various colours including black and white...which are all I bother with as you can't see the tiny sculpting stitches any way. I use upholstery thread for stitching up openings, ears and stuff.
I use 100% nylon upholstery thread for sculpting stitches... and yes, it's an absolute killer to the hands, I sometimes feel as if I am usuing razor wire or something! I'm always on the lookout for something different! The "button & craft" thread always broke on me, though it appears that it would be stronger than the upholstery thread. Heavy duty beading thread also works nicely in a pinch.
Jenny, this whipping twine sounds like it might be interesting. Yaught chandeliers? What kind of a store could one go into and ask for whipping twine? A boat supply place, a craft store, lighting shop? I'm imagining me heading into JoAnne Fabrics with three kids in tow, asking for some whipping twine, and having the clerk call the police assuming that I mean to beat my kids with it, tie them up or something.... oh that's awful!
Danni, Only certain types of dental floss break down over time..... the biodegradable type will eventually break down if exposed to a degree of moisture over a period of time.... meant to save the tummies of marine mammals, birds, and other sea creatures who often accidentially consume our human produced garbage when it makes its way to the sea, oceans, lakes, etc.... I have numerous pairs of point shoes with the ribbons and elastics sewn on with non-biodegradable dental floss, still going strong after 15 years of true abuse. Ordinarily a pair of point shoes lasts only a few wearings for a professional dancer.... but I ocassionallly slip a pair on one of my old pairs and prance around a bit, just to "remember when..."
Beary truly yours,
Wild Thyme Originals
Oh kim, I can just picture you prancing around your house. He he he he I do that to, but without any dance training. Not pretty. :redface:
I also use strong nylon thread, or clear mono philiament. I have tonnes of that stuff. Tonnes of it!!!!!
Gail, interesting she uses her perle cotton. I find the stuff soo weak, I always break some. i'm not even able to split it in half or it'll break.
Yes , Yacht or boat suppliers or Chandlery...In the rope section usually. I get mine from Seamark Nunn here in the UK but you'll get it cheaper locally....I get number 2 which I believe is the finest...I also have no 4 which is a bit thicker and great for sewing up the neck after the joint goes in. The knots really hold too.
I'd shop around because the price can vary.