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Essential Seven Tools Every Customizer Needs

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Manufactured toys aren’t perfect. As much as companies try, they can’t satisfy everyone. That where customizing comes in. We fans can modify a figure to suit our individual tastes. Whether it’s as simple as repainting or completely sculpting a figure from scratch, customizing can solidify your collection as “yours”, and hobbies are proven to reduce the risk of heart disease. This doesn’t happen by magic, though. You need the right tools for the job.

7) Money.

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You need some way to pay for all the supplies. ‘Nuff said.

6) Sculpting compound/tools.

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Stuff needs to be added to the figure in almost any custom. Whether it’s added details, sculpting logos, or just fixing QC errors, always have a container of sculpting compound nearby. Again, most of the good compound companies are found online. I use Aves sculpt shown above, which is a two-part compound that is able to air-dry. I don’t know about many other companies, but Aves is great at making the compound.

5) Rotary Tool

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There are various rotary tools from companies like Dremel and Chicago Power Tools, with many customizers preferring the former. Rotary tools are great for a number of things, sanding, engraving, drilling, scaring your neighbor’s cat. That last one was especially fun. The Dremel choice is the Stylus (sown above), for it’s precision and comfort. It’s not the most powerful, but it’s easy to use and won’t make your hand cramp up. The only downside is the price, they usually go for around $80, but once you start using one you know you made the right decision. I bought mine off eBay, but I’ve seen them in Sears and even Wal*Marts.

4) Paint/Brushes

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Paint can make or break a custom. A great paint job can make even the most under-detailed sculpt look great, and the worst paintjob can make the best sculpt look like crap. Not every paint is right for the job, though. Most of the good ones can be found online.

3) Inspiration

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You can’t just go and make something all willy-nilly (I dare everyone who has read this to say that phrase 5 times the next day). There needs to be some sort of spark. Whether you want to expand your collection, make a better version of a character, or just make a gift for a friend, anything can inspire you.

2) Technical skills

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You need to know how to sculpt. You need to know how to paint. You need to know how to operate a dremel. Make sure you can do all these three things, and you’ll be set.

1) The Internet

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The Internet comes in so many times during the process of customizing. Viewing projects of other customizers, ordering supplies, posting your projects and getting fedback on said projects. Customizing probably would still be around if not for the Internet, but not in the mass numbers that are seen.


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