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Author Topic: A few of my humble Lovecraftian creations (photo heavy)  (Read 48811 times)
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« Reply #175 on: September 05, 2013, 11:01:02 am »

Regarding your early creations (things in jars) how did you get the wax on? e.g. did you light a candle and just pour it on or did you do something clever? thanks.
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« Reply #176 on: September 09, 2013, 12:10:30 pm »

Regarding your early creations (things in jars) how did you get the wax on? e.g. did you light a candle and just pour it on or did you do something clever? thanks.

If memory serves, at first I used a very large candle I had on hand. Later I bought a large slab of wax from a craft store, broke it into bits, and after melting them in a cheap soup pan I bought for the purpose, carefully drizzled the liquid wax over the lid a little at a time, letting it dry before pouring on more. I slowly rotated it at an angle letting it flow around the sides. Once I had the thickness and coverage I wanted, I let it dry, then brushed it with powdered black and brown chalk to dirty it up, then coated it with clearcoat spray.

Hope that helps.
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« Reply #177 on: September 09, 2013, 06:15:42 pm »

Thank you! Very useful Grin
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« Reply #178 on: September 19, 2013, 11:48:41 am »

And the latest edition of my friends "Artifact of the Month" commission. you guys are getting a first look here. I'll be uploadign these to my Deviant Art page tonight, along with a bit of back story of this strange mechanical creature encountered in an Irish bog in 1896.

 I started out with a selection of wires and tubes from the junk drawer and a couple of items from the hardware store. The braided cable is a $5 toilet hose Dremelled in short lengths (I ended up only using one segment), and the Finish Washers were around $1.29 for a pack of ten.



The main body of the piece was made from rolled lumps of Skulpey. Tiny slits were impressed in the clay with the tip of a flat jewellers file. The Finishing Washers were pressed into place, and the centers market with a needle. After baking, the needle marks were drilled out on the bench drill, and the washers glued into place (the numbers on the bottom are to make sure I kept the pieces in the right order for assembly).





After a bit of sanding to help the segments fit together more smoothly, they were assembled and glued with 2-Part Epoxy, with a bit of liquid Skulpey to fill any obvious seams. Inside each hole, I drop a small ball of epoxy putty, and press the cut off tip of a small nail into each to simulate small retractible spikes.



 I make a spiked tip from Apoxy clay and glue it in place. Then give it all base coat of black. On top of that I spritz some brown stone texture paint to add a bit of grit.



Over that goes a coat of Krylon Brass. When dry, I give it a black wash to bring out detail and tone down the shine.



 I set it aside and age and stain a $4 Michael's display box.



I completely forget to take photos of this last stage, but basically I gave the tentacle a wash of black acrylic, then gave it a coat of Sophisticated Finishes 2-Part Copper Patina paints. Again, I had various brown and black washes to bring out the highlights. The bits of wish and some screen mesh are stuffed into the end, along with a few globs of white glue to simulate gunk and  aged with brown and black. I added the small bottle filled with white mineral spiits to simulate some sort of alien hyraulic fluid.



Glue a tea-stained Miskatonic label, and a felt square into place, and its done.



Total spent: $19 ($11 of which was for the box of Skulpey). And I still had lots of extra bits left over for use in future projects.
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« Reply #179 on: September 19, 2013, 04:47:29 pm »

I love you work. Have you ever thought about making like a cable controlled puppet that looks like something from the mythos?
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« Reply #180 on: September 20, 2013, 04:03:03 am »

A video about making an animated tentacle that could be adapted.
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« Reply #181 on: September 20, 2013, 11:17:10 am »

Unfortunately I'm not that good at making working mechanisms just yet. I'm more a texture person. but who knows.

Anyway, I've uploaded two pics to my DA page, along with a brief origin tale.

http://herbertw.deviantart.com/


Picked up a couple hefty old books at Goodwill today, and plan on engaging in a bit of tomecrafting next.
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« Reply #182 on: September 20, 2013, 03:14:58 pm »

i love how your creations look an the descriptive text and stories you create for them are marvelous
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« Reply #183 on: September 21, 2013, 03:10:30 am »

I like your latest creation.  You do a great job of creating the TOTAL package. 
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« Reply #184 on: September 26, 2013, 11:28:13 pm »

The beginnings of a new project. In this case, a bit of tome making.

I've discovered a new weathering trick that involves removing the books cover, using a heat gun to melt and remove the spine glue, then soaking the text blocks in water. (the brown discoloration is from a previous coat of vinegar/steel wool dye). It took almost five days for the thing to dry under a fan, and finally resorting to baking it in the oven on low heat.


I'm amazed at how much the water caused the paper to swell. I may have enough here for two tomes.

The book beside it is fairly close to the original thickness.



More photos as progress is made.
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« Reply #185 on: September 27, 2013, 12:38:25 am »

The beginnings of a new project. In this case, a bit of tome making.

I've discovered a new weathering trick that involves removing the books cover, using a heat gun to melt and remove the spine glue, then soaking the text blocks in water. (the brown discoloration is from a previous coat of vinegar/steel wool dye). It took almost five days for the thing to dry under a fan, and finally resorting to baking it in the oven on low heat.


I'm amazed at how much the water caused the paper to swell. I may have enough here for two tomes.

The book beside it is fairly close to the original thickness.



More photos as progress is made.


looks like bacon
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« Reply #186 on: September 27, 2013, 06:26:16 am »

Reminds me of a discussion we had in the "Ask a Villian" topic in the writing forum.
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« Reply #187 on: September 30, 2013, 12:06:30 am »

Ohhh I want to try making some of these in the worst way!

http://www.hauntforum.com/showthread.php?t=30547
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« Reply #188 on: September 30, 2013, 03:40:02 pm »

Ohhh I want to try making some of these in the worst way!

http://www.hauntforum.com/showthread.php?t=30547


oh I like that
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« Reply #189 on: September 30, 2013, 05:43:05 pm »



What he said...  Grin
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« Reply #190 on: September 30, 2013, 05:59:16 pm »

Ooh I may have to direct The Countess to those! She get's through an awful lot of 'eyes' in her jewellery. This could be just the thing...
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« Reply #191 on: September 30, 2013, 06:36:16 pm »

Ooh interesting, too broke to buy new materials right now but when I can this will make lovely additions to some of my projects.
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« Reply #192 on: October 01, 2013, 12:30:51 am »

Hopefully I'll get the chance to try it this week, as I just got a mystery commission (as in, she's paying in advance, and wants to give me the details over lunch tomorrow).

I actually copied the file to usb stick and took it into the store to have it photo printed, but it seems I saved it in the wrong format and it wouldn't show up on the computer kiosk. :p
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« Reply #193 on: October 05, 2013, 10:19:15 pm »



At these mid way stages your creations look very Giger.
You got some great ideas, The technique and execution of them are all very polished.
Great thread, thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #194 on: October 07, 2013, 04:03:25 am »

so bought some of the epoxy needed tomake the eyes.  Bought the Hobby Lobby type. Hope to try and make some this week

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« Reply #195 on: October 07, 2013, 06:26:52 am »

Let us know how it goes.

And thank you for your kind words Mr Grub sir. Smiley
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« Reply #196 on: October 08, 2013, 04:22:00 am »

Haven't done any tomecrafting for awhile, so this'll give me a chance to try out some new technique's I've learned.

Here's the text block, all bound together, colored, with various loose sheets tucked inside to make it look more tattered.






And the cover, with the title just glued into place. Betraying the origins of this mystical work. They do say that any sufficiently advanced technology is indestinguishable from magic...

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« Reply #197 on: October 17, 2013, 02:41:23 am »

A friend wants a monkeys paw for Halloween. So....

I'm not entirely sure how simian it looks. Hopefully adding color and fur later will help.

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« Reply #198 on: October 22, 2013, 06:25:40 am »

And the monkeys paw is finished. Care to make a wish?




http://herbertw.deviantart.com/
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« Reply #199 on: October 22, 2013, 01:38:06 pm »

That's looking VERY nice, good job!
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