Sunday, November 29, 2009

Better Winkle

I re-worked the lower portion of Mr. Winkle's face. I added Magic-Sculpt to round Mr. Winkle's head. He also has larger earlobes. I still need to work on his jaw to close the gap on the underside and then sand him.

Since a mold will be made, every mistake will be permanent.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Mr. Stinkle

The more I stared at my Mr. Winkle sculpture, the less I liked it. I've taken a pair of pliers (ouch!) , a pry bar (that's gotta hurt!) , and a pair of wire cutters (should leave a mark) to the lower portion of the sculpture and removed the Magic-Sculpt. I'm gonna try it again. I also need to make some adjustments to the top of the head.

One step forward... two steps back.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A new Winkle

I'm preparing a new sculpture to send to Braylu Creations for mold making. It's my character "Mr. Winkle". I've made several conversion versions of Mr. Winkle and he seems to be one of my most popular and best-selling figures. So I thought I'd add him to the collection of castings that can be purchased by do-it-yourself figure makers at Braylu Creations. I have a ways to go before I'm finished, but's he's coming along nicely.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Arnie with soul

A special order came in for my "Arnie" conversion figure. The order came with a special request. He wanted him to be black with brown eyes instead of white with blue eyes. I'd never mixed the paint for a black character, so it was a new challenge. I emailed some photos of the completed Arnie to the buyer and he liked him. Thought I'd share him with you, too.

Friday, November 20, 2009


No, I'm not posting about Roy Rogers' beloved Palomino (the one he stuffed and put on display at the Roy Rogers Museum). No, I'm posting to praise the new and improved headstick trigger designed by and sold at Braylu Creations. It's thicker and sturdier than earlier models. It's very comfortable on the thumb and fingers.

If you're planning to build a figure, consider using Braylu's PVC pipe headstick with these new triggers. They work great and look great. (And no, nobody paid me to say that.)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Name that dummy

I don't have a name yet, but this is my latest character sculpture. He's supposed to be a slightly goofy cheeky-boy character. Like Uncle Earl and Elmore before him, he'll be sent to Braylu Creations for mold making and castings (assuming owner Buzz James likes him). I find that I enjoy sculpting character heads as much as dummy making. I hope to get better at it as time goes on.

By the way, name suggestions are welcome!

Saturday, November 07, 2009


I waited to post the photos of "Kyle", the figure I made for Kevin, the young gumball entrepeneur I mentioned in an earlier post. Kevin's Mom asked me to hold off on sharing the photos until her son received the figure so he would see it for the first time "in-person". The figure's mohawk haircut was a special request by the young ventriloquist. You see, Kevin wears one, too!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Uncle Earl

I'm very excited about "Uncle Earl" for a couple reasons. First of all, I really like the way he turned out. Secondly, he's the first figure I've made from a casting of a sculpture I did. Buzz James of Braylu Creations made the mold and produced the casting. He's also selling castings of "Uncle Earl" as the first in what we're calling the "Kenny Croes Collection". (A second character will be added soon).

This "Uncle Earl" figure will be auctioned on Ebay starting later this evening.