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« on: October 06, 2015, 04:02:52 am »

Finally getting to the point of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Picked up this piece again after near 6 months


And a little more work this weekend (last 3 days).


So hopefully I can continue with second arm upper-body and head next weekend after sanding out what I got for the rest of the week.
Now naturally, some of you might be asking why I keep with this piece for nearly two years, since deciding what I wanted for it. Here is a hint what I see with a little light coming from the back (mirror surface).



Thanks for looking, Kurt
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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2015, 07:31:36 am »

Your patience and determination amazes me Kurt. The piece is really starting to look like something. I like the clear front with all the color on the back.
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2015, 08:37:27 am »

Thank you... ura

Yep the clean inner mass will never allow a full view of whats there, but,... that the idea.
Dreams are fluid, wisps of fog. One moment you see something, and then its gone again,.....

Despite of that, I still worry about the outcome of the humanoid, as I will always know whats there. hide
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2015, 12:21:47 pm »

Kurt:

Looking really good.

I have a piece of advice for you, take it with a grain of salt.

Instead of thinking about what this person you are carving should look like, try to see what it could look like. I often let them go where they want to go and be what they want to be.

When I look at the realization of your dragon, which is beyond any reproach, I encourage you to be as fearless rendering your "humanoid" as you have been carving the dragon. What if it is distorted?: Why not follow that path? What if is out of proportion?: Maybe exaggerate this?

You are keeping yourself from doing a great carving. I understand, you fear messing up the good work you've done so far. I just wish I could give you the confidence to go further.

Sorry if this is abrupt, I'm having a really horrible life right now and may not be diplomatic. Know my heart is in the right place and I want you to be the best you can be; and your carvings, too! Trust yourself and your instincts and all will be well.

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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2015, 05:24:01 pm »

I am pretty sure it will turn out right!!!
What to you use to sand, till now I only use my hands and a **** of waterproof sanding paper. Does it exist kind of sticks or.... that would be easier to handle?
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2015, 05:26:06 am »

Kurt: I have a piece of advice for you, take it with a grain of salt.

Instead of thinking about what this person you are carving should look like, try to see what it could look like. I often let them go where they want to go and be what they want to be.
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Your comments are always highly valued. And yes, thats the way things go in general. Looking at the picture yesterday, I suddenly see the head already in place if I would want it on the knee. so that would allow lots of hair and the arm+plus hand leading to the dragons mouth.

I always start with wanting some form of realistic shape, and always end up somewhere between realism and abstract. Will continue to aim for realism in order to continue to challenge myself to some day catching up with some of the cameo folks.  saved2

Overall, I sure have enough material left to play with. I want that arm to connect with the dragon, other than that, lets just see how it plays out.
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2015, 05:27:29 am »

I am pretty sure it will turn out right!!!
What to you use to sand, till now I only use my hands and a **** of waterproof sanding paper. Does it exist kind of sticks or.... that would be easier to handle?

I use the same. Have sticks here, but never got used to them. I'm sure Debbie or others will have more useful info on that for you.
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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2015, 07:02:57 am »

I use moldmaker stones like these http://www.gesswein.com/p-422-moldmaker-plus-stones.aspx?cpagenum=&sortfield=&sortdirection=&perpage= and popsicle sticks, tongue depressors and toothpicks with diamond grit and oil. Some sharpening stones for knives are really fine grit and can be used; I cut mine up on the rock saw into thin stones.

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« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2015, 07:34:26 pm »

Kurt:

What tool(s) are you using to carve it?

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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2015, 12:13:50 am »

One and only Fordome with Chinese burrs, sand-paper and pastes.
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« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2015, 08:46:48 pm »

I use moldmaker stones like these http://www.gesswein.com/p-422-moldmaker-plus-stones.aspx?cpagenum=&sortfield=&sortdirection=&perpage=
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Thanks a lot Debbie, I saw them, but the shipment is awfully expensive in this site!!! I order more from Rio grande as it is far more affordable, but they don't have that kind of product ! saved5! I'll carry on with my fingers!!!!
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« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2015, 09:57:13 pm »

Look at your local hardware stores for whetstones for knives. Some of the best stones I've gotten have been these types; they were far and away finer grits that what Gesswein sells. Some were as fine as 8000 grit. I found that the little stores, small independent type ones, will sometimes have them. The big chain stores only seem to sell coarse grits 60-200.

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« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2015, 01:07:26 am »

Yikes, just remember your recent visit to China.
Andrew could have shown you hundreds of stores to get those and similar products to try out.
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« Reply #13 on: October 11, 2015, 03:31:30 pm »

Don't tell me!!!! The little shop I went to, was full of product, but not everything is on display, so I took only what I saw. Andrew told me about that stuff, but I forgot to ask!!!! saved5
Will find another way and look on ebay too!
Thanks for your help!
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