I'm pretty sure it comes from necessity, that as a mother, I need to be able to cram a lot of tasks into a small amount of time. When it comes to my critter sculpting it's no different. I made this simple texture tool from left-over scrap clay and 20 gauge craft wire. I've used it for making sand texture for an ocean sculpture and also for fur detail. It takes little time at all to cover an entire animal critter with fur lines. It can be harder to control in small areas so I'll still use a needle tool or ball stylus for tight spots. To make this simple tool, cut several pieces of craft wire in slightly varying lengths (I cut mine relatively small at about 1 to 1 1/2 inches). Gather them into a bundle and smoosh some scrap clay around one end of the bundle. Bake as per clay instructions. Once it is cool, gently separate the wires so they are randomly gathered together. Gently drag the wire end down & around your sculpture to create fur lines.

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