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Commission : Catbus - My Neighbor Totoro by emilySculpts Commission : Catbus - My Neighbor Totoro by emilySculpts
Please note, this piece was a custom-made commission.  It is not for sale nor will it be duplicated.  Additionally, I am not taking any new orders for sculptures based on licensed characters. Thank you for your understanding.

About : Catbus is perched atop the Kusakabe house, ready to head back to the Tsukamori Forest.  This is inspired by the ending scene from the movie, My Neighbor Totoro.

LED wiring setup was done by my husband, phantom42.  I used a premade craft wooden bird house for the base of the house and sculpted the details around it.  This saved me a lot of work on symmetry and structural integrity.

There are 10 lights total (2 eyes, 4 mice, destination sign, and 3 interior cab).  I use translucent Premo! clay for the glowing parts.  The rest of the piece is primarily Apoxie Sculpt, with the legs being made of Sculpey.  Those legs were very difficult to get right!

How is it made? : While I am not making a walkthrough of how I made this piece, I have plenty of useful information available from previous pieces that I have made.  For information about how I make LED sculpts, check out my gallery of walkthrough images here on deviantArt. 

MaterialsApoxie Sculpt, Sculpey Firm/Super Sculpey, Translucent Premo!, Wire/Foil/Mesh Armature, Cel Vinyl, Wood Birdhouse, LEDs

Dimensions :  10" tall, 6.5" wide, 5" deep

Time Taken :  46 hours


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April 29, 2015
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