One of the tools I’ve found absolutely invaluable for sculpting in clay are… well…they look like paint brushes but the tips are rubber and come in varying sizes and shapes. The brand I found at my local art supply store are Royal Sovereign LTD. They say “clay shaper” on them, but a quick interweb search only turned up “colour shapers” which seem to be the same thing.
They’re like little precision fingers! My two most used tools are the ones above: the firm flat chisel and the firm taper point. I use them to bridge the gap between using my fingers and the standard hard sculpting tools.
Colour me surprised… they’re advertised as being ideal for painting, drawing, lifting, and blending… but it doesn’t mention sculpting at all. I, on the other hand, had never considered using them for ANY of these advertised things! They aren’t cheap; the ones I use are the smallest size labeled “firm” and run $6.18 a piece.
Click the image below to connect to the Dick Blick website where you can find out more about their “intended uses”.