Monday, October 20, 2014

It must be close to Halloween

Seems every year I get a few requests for scary figures. Folks ask for figures with scars, blood, sharp teeth, bloodshot eyes, and take-offs on well-known freaky characters. Among this year's orders is a converted Goldberger Charlie McCarthy to masquerade as Billy in "Dead Silence".

However, no matter how much I darken the eyes, narrow the eyebrows and tweak the widow's peak hairline, Charlie still looks kinda cute.

Monday, October 06, 2014

The collector

Several of my customers own multiple figures of my making, but none have as many as Wayne. I built many of the figures in the photo, but Wayne also built several more from head castings, some from my designs sold by Braylu Creations.

Wayne is decorating his store for Halloween. He displays all of his figures (including many made by other well-respected figure makers). They will share space with scary dolls Chucky and Tiffany. As Wayne said, "After all, it IS Halloween!".

Friday, October 03, 2014

DIY

It's always fun to see figures built from my head designs. The castings are sold by Braylu Creations for do-it-yourselfers. These figures were constructed by Michael and Toby Fisher. Looks good, folks!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Change in complexion



Occasionally I  get an inquiry about a figure I've never built before. Such is the case today when I've been asked to send a photo of an Afro Uncle Earl. Every Uncle Earl I've built so far has been a Caucasian figure. So to reply to the inquiry, I used some Photoshop tricks to revise a photo of a previous Uncle Earl figure to show an Afro skin color with dark brown eyes. We'll see if his new look generates an order.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Barefootin'


I've completed a Mr. Winkle for my British client. The order came with a request for bare feet instead of the typical stuffed muslin. I purchased a pair of feet from Mike Brose. The down side is that I didn't have any shoes in stock that would fit Mr. Winkle's big feet. So he's barefoot for now.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Antidepressant











It's been awhile since I've built a 2T Mr. Winkle. The mold is getting old and the castings require more TLC to get them ready. The dark marks on the castings (other than the eyebrow tube holes) are pencil marking slight depressions in the casting that I'll fill with wood filler. Then he gets sanded down.

The other photo shows the PVC pipe headstick I'm making for Mr. Winkle, who will eventually entertain audiences in the United Kingdom.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

The word is "Nerd"

























No doubt this intellectual dummy is hoping to stump everyone on "Jeopardy". Until then, he'll take pleasure in showing off his IQ in public with a ventriloquist partner. His name is "Norbert". Oh...and he's for sale.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wow. Two days in a row...

I've been working on a Nerd figure for ventriloquist Wayne Carroll, who probably owns more of my figures than anyone else I can think of. He's also built a few figures from the heads I sculpted, the castings of which are sold by Braylu Creations. It's nice to have a fan.

At Wayne's request, I built the controls using a rod-and-tube control system rather than the rocker-style. And as I do with all of Wayne's figures, the eyes are different colors.

Monday, July 21, 2014

UnconVENTional

I'm often asked to create an unconventional character using one of my archetype cast heads. This one uses my full-size grouchy Mr. Winkle head. I used Photoshop to add the hair, whiskers, costume and some facial shadowing to portray an aging French nobleman. I sent it to my client to see if this is the fella he had in mind.

Sadly I missed this year's Vent Haven ConVENTion, but I enjoyed the photos posted on Facebook. Of all the performers scheduled, I'm most sorry to have missed Jim Barber. He's one of my favorites.

I'm finishing up a Nerd figure for a client. Photos will be posted.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Gender bender

If the clothes make the man, then the clothes can make the woman, too. Liz Van Dyke has given Jack (now "Danny") a new persona by putting him in a dress, pearls. bi-focals and a grey wig. So "Danny" becomes "Granny". Count 'em... Two... two... two dummies in one.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sunday best

It's always a delight to see the smile of a happy client. Liz purchased my "Jack", who was renamed "Danny" after Daniel in the Bible. Liz Van Dyke & Danny will be telling Bible stories to children at their church. There's even a stuffed lion for Danny to hold as he and Liz tell the story of "Daniel in The Lion's Den".

Liz also mentioned Danny will accompany her to the local children's clothing store when she buys him additional outfits. That should cause quite a stir. But he'll need to look his Sunday best!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Cheeky

My original 2T cheeky mold has been retired. So rather than have another mold made for the original sculpture, I decided to sculpt a new 2T cheeky character. I'm far from finished, but the personality is beginning to emerge from the PaperClay.

The process is to sculpt, then sand. Then adjust and sculpt some more. Then sand some more.

In the past, I've opted to sculpt a separate jaw right from the start, and leave the jaw off of the head sculpture. This time I'm sculpting the entire head. Then I'll have the mold made, then a casting generated from the mold. I'll cut the jaw out of the first head casting, then use the jaw's cut-away chin to build a complete jaw. After that, I'll have a mold made for the completed jaw piece. And the casting from that separate jaw piece will be used to build the first figure.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Point and shoot

Just back from a trip to Northern California for a family visit.

The threads stripped on my Nikon point-and-shoot digital camera so I could no longer attach it to a tripod. My Canon FS-10 video camera's battery pack died, too. I took advantage of both minor annoyances to purchase a Samsung MV800, a point-and-shoot digital camera that also shoots excellent HD video...all in one.

Now that I'm back, I shot photos and video of my Mortimer Snerd conversion figure and put him up for sale on Ebay. Hope someone gives the little guy a home soon.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

I preferred a nerd

Well. the next experiment is turning a full-size Otis head into a full-size nerdnik. The first cosmetic steps are to give him buck teeth and (non-moving) eyelids. As you can see, I only have one eyelid in. More nerdiness to follow.