humblezombie's thoughts
My First Frequently Asked Question


I’ve gotten a few asks about what I use for sculpting my Monster High customs.  It’s called Apoxie Sculpt, you can buy it from their website  (and probably other sites).  I like it because it is air-dry.  I don’t really like baking clay.  You get about 2-3 hours to work with it after you mix the two parts together, then it’s totally dry in 24 hours.  It’s very easy to sand and paint as well.  The containers say you can even drill it, but I’ve never tried.

It’s really taken me a while to figure out how to judge how much to mix up.  I always try to mix less than I think I’ll need because you can always mix more.  If I end up with extra stuff that’s hardening fast and I can’t do much with it, I usually have at least one custom around that I can throw the stuff on just to bulk it out (without worrying about it looking pretty).  If all else fails, I roll the extra stuff into little balls and later use them to bulk out something else.

As for tools for sculpting, I use old/cheap paintbrushes, which are great for smoothing things out.  I also use plastic modeling tools (I think I got like seven brightly colored plastic ones in a modeling set intended for kids, they work great!).  I also really like using a tool called a potter’s needle.  It’s great for details.

Hope this was helpful to someone out there.  Please do feel free to ask me questions, my box is always open (though it may take me a few days to respond sometimes) ^_^

Alrighty, I’ve added the armature for the front row of Shairin, the Sasquatch’s, hair.  I also added some texture to her facial hair.  I plan to give her a beard and mustache that are more extreme in style, but I’m goig to deal with the rest of her hair first.  The really long wire is for a long curl of hair that I plan to have fall in front of her face.  Thinking about it though, I should maybe wait until after I paint her face to sculpt that, as trying to paint around it would probably be pretty annoying.

Alrighty, I’ve added the armature for the front row of Shairin, the Sasquatch’s, hair.  I also added some texture to her facial hair.  I plan to give her a beard and mustache that are more extreme in style, but I’m goig to deal with the rest of her hair first.  The really long wire is for a long curl of hair that I plan to have fall in front of her face.  Thinking about it though, I should maybe wait until after I paint her face to sculpt that, as trying to paint around it would probably be pretty annoying.

Fashion Packs Question

Does anyone have any guesses as to why we haven’t gotten any new Monster High fashion packs in a while?  Did they not sell well enough?  Are they not as profitable as other Monster High stuff?

I’ve started building up little Apoxie Sculpt “shards” onto the plastic pieces of Mo’s head.  I’m happy with how it’s working out so far :)

I’ve started building up little Apoxie Sculpt “shards” onto the plastic pieces of Mo’s head.  I’m happy with how it’s working out so far :)

Still working along on sculpting Floralei, the forest spirit’s, head :)

Still working along on sculpting Floralei, the forest spirit’s, head :)

Final SDCC reveal

Ooh, I liked the last reveal of vinyl Draculaura.  I like little figures (as long as they’re well done, which this one appears to be).  Whether I get any or not will depend a lot of the price and the look of each one.  If they’re all as cute as Draculaura… I may be in trouble…

All of Mo, the mosaic doll’s, body is basically done, yay!  Next I’m going to be adding a bit of sparkly paint and metallic paint to some of the little “pieces of glass”.  Then I’ll be touching up stuff for… I dunno, ever? ^^;  I figure there’s no point in rushing to get her body done though as I’m still sculpting her head (which will then need painting too).

All of Mo, the mosaic doll’s, body is basically done, yay!  Next I’m going to be adding a bit of sparkly paint and metallic paint to some of the little “pieces of glass”.  Then I’ll be touching up stuff for… I dunno, ever? ^^;  I figure there’s no point in rushing to get her body done though as I’m still sculpting her head (which will then need painting too).

More SDCC Reveals *_*

WOAH, so many new pics and reveals today O.O  For now I’ll just talk about the ones that were officially revealed though.

Lorna - She is so cute!  I love how the colors of her skin and hair look together.  I like that her fins are noticably different from Lagoona’s.  Her little cap is cute too.  I also like the little ruffley sleeves on her top.


Vandala - The peg leg is awesome.  I’m impressed that they actually did that with a girl doll (Monster High does so many neat things!).  I really like her big hat.  Her skin tone looks really pretty too.  Her general color scheme is a little too close to Lagoona’s though, I wish they had picked something besides pink as an accent color.  Aside from that, I really really like her.


River - She is neat!  I really like the purple skin tone she has.  Her pastel hair is so pretty too.  Really, there is so much to like here, including the staff, cape, boots… geez, it’s all great ^_^

Oh, and I don’t really have much to say about the original doll re-releases that were revealed yesterday.  It’s cool that people who don’t have them will get another chance to get them though.  I already have them, so they don’t really interest me.

Hoping the last reveal is awesome!

(also just wanted to say sorry for taking awhile to respond to asks, I will get caught up with those soon)

I’m making some good progress on Shairin, the Sasquatch’s, hair :)

I’m making some good progress on Shairin, the Sasquatch’s, hair :)

I don’t think I’ve posted any pics of this girl yet.  I’ve been working on her for quite awhile though.  I’m calling her my “experimental demon”.  Her name is Limbsey.  She is my first attempt at making a Monster High torso multi-limbed.  I think Wydowna is awesome, but only six arms?  Come on!  lol ^^  So, I went for eight.  I drilled into the torso and am fixing it up to look nice with Apoxie Sculpt.

I also cut holes in her head (a CAM gorgon head) for eyes.  I’m going to try putting four in.  I’m not so sure about the designs I’ve been painting on her arms… I’ll fix them up or paint over them or something.  I’d also like to make some kind of wings for her.  I have no plans for her hair yet, or clothes.  The whole idea behind her is to try out some new stuff I haven’t tried before, I don’t really have a plan for the finished product :)