Scales/reptile skin source

edited January 2016 in Fabrication
Is there anywhere where I can buy fabric or paper with a 3D reptilian scale texture to it? I can only find inverted sheets used to imprint on to clay and so on but it would be great if I could cut out any mould making since I only need a small amount


  • David BoccabellaDavid Boccabella Innisfail, Australia Moderator
    Hmm.. I am thinking of an old technique called "Charcoal Rubbings"
    You could take an inverted sheet and the rub with a semi firm to hard pointer over the details.
    If the paper is slightly moistened on the side contacting the negative it would distort more easily.
    Just an idea.. I remember in my youth doing rubbings on some of the old brass plinths and floor plaques in medieval churches.
  • Chris EllerbyChris Ellerby Los Angeles Admin
    You could make your own texture stamps by finding an example of the texture you like and brushing on layers of liquid latex or silicone to create a negative that can then be pressed into clay.

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