Friday, November 26, 2010
So that's what I've done to the "Elmore" head in the photo. Who knows. I may do something even more radical. (Eeeeeasy, Kenny).
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
And at just 34-inches tall, he's small enough to fit down anyone's chimney.
Monday, November 22, 2010
These little fellas are headed in very different directions. Mr. Winkle (l) is about to embark on a long journey to his new home in wintry Norway. Donnie (r) is going south to The OC (Orange County, California) where the weather is almost always sunny and warm.
I think their respective dispositions are well-suited to their destinations.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
The eye hooks on the side of the eyeballs are for attaching cords, which will be attached to a lever, which will cross the eyes when pressed down.
Friday, November 12, 2010
I use the coat hangers to make the loops in my eye synchronizers. Rather than use expensive brass, I cut the coat hangers in 3-inch lengths, mark the center, and bend them around a metal punch secured in a vise. Then I dip the ends in water, apply some Gorilla Glue, and insert them in the pre-drilled holes in the plastic synchronizers (which are custom-made for me by Braylu Creations).
The plastic bags? When I collect my dry cleaning, the shirts are draped in clear plastic. I save the plastic bags and re-use them to cover my figures for shipping.
Monday, November 08, 2010
I'm building another Santa Claus figure for a client. He admired the Santa I built and sold last year and special ordered a St. Nick for himself. So I had to check my archives to see how the heck I made it. Fortunately I take lots of photos and even a video of every figure I make.
Santa is a conversion figure made from a Charlie McCarthy vent doll. I apply Magic-Sculpt to the forhead, eye sockets and nose to create a new face. Unlike working with molds and castings, I have to visually try to duplicate what I did last time.
We'll see how close I come.