The other thing I'll show off here is using a Dremel to make the process easier.
You can see an example here of how it looks when I finished.
I had considered replacing his teeth with stones, but that was looking a little logistically crazy and to be honest, I liked how his teeth looked. While rooting through my terrain bits I came across the pearl chips and it all came together.
You can also carve the nails out with a knife, but a rotary tool is just tons easier and faster.
Dremel that TheWife bought me to finally replace the one lost in our flood and the cheap garage sale one I'd been using since.
A few features:
- Still has the torque (strength) of the plugged in model and portable.
- Battery charges really fast, but a second can be purchased for uninterrupted extended work.
- Flex-Shaft Attachment [link]
- This is a light-weight extension with flexible tubing that lets you easily work on smaller detail while hanging the heavier Dremel out of the way.
- Normally a rotary tool is just the large part hanging in the top right of the picture here. Non-Dremel brand tools may not have this available.
- There are all sorts and sizes of bits available. Often you're working with grinding, sanding or cutting.
* My favourite attachment is the fibreglass reinforced cutting wheel. That thing is great for everything from cutting slots in stripped screws to grinding through metal.
Finally, a knife is a good way to clean up anyone roughness left by the grinding.
Then I dumped out some of my pearl chips and tried fitting them to the missing nails.
As I found ones that fit, I used green stuff to fill the gap and sculpt it into the fingers.
Below, you can see all the chipped pearls. I didn't glue them into place until after priming and airbrushing, so I marked underneath them as to where they go.