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Jabba the Hutt Sculpture by Me

September 21, 2014

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Doing my custom throne for the Black Series Jabba figure involved a fair amount of sculpting and it went fairly well, so I decided to try my hand at sculpting a complete figure instead of just accessories. I sculpted this small figure out of Super Sculpey clay using a toothpick as my main tool. I started with the Jabba and thought it turned out well, so I made a throne for him as well. Including the throne, it’s about 4 inches wide and 3 inches tall.

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I did it in several pieces/stages, which were fired in the oven and then assembled, although Jabba himself was done all as one piece over a core of aluminum foil. The metal rings are from the jewelry section at Michael’s, and the hose for his hooka is actually a piece of an old earphone cable. The green pieces above are epoxy putty, which I used for things that seemed like they would be too weak or difficult to do in clay. I’m pretty happy with how the sculpt itself turned out. I was impressed with how easy Super Sculpey was to use compared to the clay I’ve tried in the past. And I’ll have to admit that I was surprised how well it all worked out. It’s a good feeling to create something like this out of nothing, and I learned a lot just from doing this one piece.

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The paint job, I’m not totally sure about. I’m using a new kind of paints that have a bit of a learning curve, and I’ve also never painted something that I sculpted myself. In any case, I hope to continue to develop my sculpting abilities in the future. I found it quite enjoyable. I think maybe working in a bigger size next time might make things a bit easier, although that may also necessitate adding more detail.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2014 6:41 am

    Man this thing is beautiful, if you ever feel like it I’d suggest making more statues in the line and eventually have your own unique set it’d look pretty cool and it provides new items for your site, great figure by the way though

    • icruise permalink*
      September 22, 2014 3:39 pm

      Thanks! I am actually considering making a set of Jabba’s palace characters, and may do that at some point. But I’m not sure my skills are up to it yet — especially for the humanoid characters. We’ll see. The more far-out aliens seem like they would be fun to sculpt.

  2. September 22, 2014 10:21 am

    I’m very impressed by this, icruise. Nice work.

  3. Nerdysoap permalink
    September 24, 2014 5:10 am

    Hi,
    I am the owner of Nerdysoap and I would like to convert your sculpture into a soap?? if is it possible we can discuss further.
    Regards,
    Magda

    • icruise permalink*
      September 26, 2014 12:44 am

      That’s a cool offer, but since it’s already painted up and everything, I’d be reluctant to try it. I will be doing other sculptures later, so it’s possible that one of those could be used. Thanks.

  4. WampaVsRancor permalink
    September 24, 2014 4:34 pm

    Wow, super impressive icruise. Really.

  5. The o' powerful Jabba permalink
    October 7, 2014 8:47 pm

    Very neat. Serious jabba fans like you and i can do amazing things! You can talk to me via email about your new custom figures or repaints. My email is lolgrunts343@gmail.com

  6. Sculptorio permalink
    November 29, 2014 6:06 am

    That looks fantastic!
    I would love to see this become a series/ regular site feature.

  7. Magda permalink
    January 27, 2016 1:52 pm

    hello, I am not sure if you remember me -you bought from me a jabba soaps in 2014 😉 is any chance that you scalture me Nien Nunb head -size around 8-9 cm and I will be able to convert it into soap. If yes, how much will be cost it ? Thank you ;-))

    • mightyjabba permalink*
      January 27, 2016 1:55 pm

      Hi Magda. I still have some of your soaps! I really haven’t had time to do much sculpting since this, unfortunately, so I don’t think I would be able to do that. But thanks for asking.

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