Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Well... I've gone completely nuts on my Elmore head. I don't really want to mess with the head much more, but now I want to remake the jaw... like almost from scratch. Now that I've taken my snippers to the stock Elmore jaw on the left (on the right is the way it used to look), I'm going to construct a new jaw with styrene sides and Magic-Sculpt. I'll use the cut-up jaw for my armature. Fortunately, I drilled the holes for the axle-tube prior to my wack job on the jaw.
Of course, I need to find partners for Uncle Earl and Mr.Winkle soon. So I must make progress on those projects, too.
Let's hope I don't get any more bright ideas.
Let's hope I don't get any more bright ideas.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Folks like me that build figures from Kenny Croes Collection heads sometimes don't know where to start. So here's a short basic list:
- Cut off the back of the head. I secure the head in a vise and cut straight down from the top of the head to the nape of the neck using a hacksaw. Some folks might choose to use a power tool, but as I've said before, I'm only allowed a select number of power tools. (My wife doesn't like emergency room visits.)
- Next, punch out the eyes and remove the plastic if the mouth is covered. I use a drill with a 3/8" or 7/16" drill bit to take out the eyes. I use a Dremel cutting tool (very small round blade) to clear the mouth area.
- Cut a hole at the bottom of the neck for your headstick if you need to. I order my heads without the socket ball. I prefer to purchase the Braylu PVC pipe headsticks with the neck transition (socket ball) attached.
- Using a Dremel fine grinding bit, smooth and shape the eye sockets and mouth opening.
- No casting is perfect, so first you'll need to sand off any unwanted bumps and fill a few bubble holes. I prefer white Elmer's Carpenter Wood Filler.
Friday, June 24, 2011
This nose is in the vicinity of Cyrano's. Though this Elmore head has a ways to go, at least the hole where his clown- nose used to be has been made prominent with Magic-Sculpt.
I had to trim off the side of his left (our right) eye socket to make way for 1-1/2" eyes. Figured I wouldn't show you that until it's presentable.
He'll also require some attention to the corners of his mouth. I'll try to resist the temptation to do more (which would add weight).
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
I like the eyes from Braylu Creations. I also like to enhance them. I pop out the irises, sand the eyeballs smooth, and paint them with a coat of white acrylic paint. To give them that wet look, I apply a final coat of clear acrylic glossy varnish. Then I glue the irises in place.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
One of the benefits of working in a more spacious workshop is being able to work on more figures simultaneously. I had six heads in stock when I moved in and now they're all under construction. Some of these fellas will emerge as the stock-characters they are while other heads will be altered slightly to create a new look.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Michael from Pennsylvania (shown holding his two "old guy" figures) purchased "Mr. Fenster" from me a few months ago. Then he purchased an "Elmore" head and 2T parts from Braylu Creations and built his own figure. After that, he bought a "Mr. Winkle" head and made the old coot in the photo on the right. So now Michael has three Kenny Croes dummies. (Nice work, Michael).
If only people had three hands instead of just two.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
My better half scored this shelf at the Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors Annual Garage Sale. The side shelves actually close, but I like them permanently open. I placed the unit on top of my primary work bench.
She also grabbed up another wood shelf unit that will now replace a stack of crates.
The "man cave" just got a little cooler.
I had a heck of a time uploading the correct aspect ratio for my videos to YouTube. They would always come out squeezed or stretched. Finally I've settled on the video software Power Director to produce my videos. The app has an automatic YouTube upload tool that retains the 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. No squeezed or stretched look. And Power Director has enough production transition and titling tools to make a fun demo video for my little guys.
Sunday, June 05, 2011
Saturday, June 04, 2011
No, I didn't mean aerobic exercises and liftin' weights.
With triggers and rocker mounted on the headstick, I have to make a slot in the neck hole so the headstick and controls can clear the opening. I used a 1/2" drill bit to cut the slot, then used a file to smooth out the cut.
Now... back to my calisthenics
Friday, June 03, 2011
Actually he looks quite happy. Here's a peek at my first full-size head with his mouth open. Hopefully in the future he'll be opening and closing it a lot.
I have to come up with a name for this fella. Suggestions welcome.
Lots of sanding still to come.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
I concentrate so much on the front of the ears, it's about time I paid some attention to the back. I added some Magic-Sculpt.
Now he is definitely wet behind the ears.
Once in a while I get a squeaking noise in my side-to-side eyes. I typically tear them out and re-seat them to get rid of it. But... does anyone know WHY they might squeak in the first place?