Friday, May 31, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 205




I decided to commit the carving ball in the left foot. The hole in the ball is from where I cut off the spare, when casting it in carving wax. I position the hole down towards the bottom of the foot. I will drill a new hole when I get to that point in the process. I use my wax pen to weld the carving wax ball into the foot. Click on any image to enlarge it.






Now that this left foot has the carving wax ball welded in it, I will try to match the right foot to it, as closely as I am able to do it.






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Thursday, May 30, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 204




As I position the carving wax ball in the foot, I also check the position of the ball by fitting the lower leg on the ball. I left just enough of the original foot there, so I can see if the leg is in the proper position in relation to the foot. Subtracting carving wax is very much like adding oil-clay. I start by carving away large areas, and as I get closer to the final form, the subtracting gets smaller and smaller. If I subtract too much, I can always use my wax pen to add some carving wax to the area that needs it. So the final carving is so small, I can not really show any significant progress with photos. Click on any image to enlarge it.






Here are the right and left legs together, showing that I have finally made the right leg match the left leg as closely as I can at this time. There may be some more finicky work to do before I weld the carving wax balls to the feet, but that is the next step, as far as I know. What? Now I am doing steps? Yeah, right. As if I know what I am doing.






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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 203




The carving wax ankle ball needs to be positioned. It needs to be lowered, as well as be moved right or left, and forwards and backwards until it is in the correct position. This is what I am currently working on.






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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 202




I carved on the right foot in order to lower the carving wax ankle ball and to position it properly. Once again, I am sneaking up on it. This time, I have the left foot to compare it to. Almost there. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Monday, May 27, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 201




From left to right, in the photo below; I position the matte board ring on the socket end of the right lower carving wax leg, I use the wax pen to tack it into place, I use the wax pen to fill in around the ring on one side, and again on the other side. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I use my paring knife to carve out the inside of the socket, I add more carving wax to fill in a thin area, and I test fit the carving wax ankle ball as I am working.






The lower right carving wax leg and the right foot with the carving wax ankle ball. The ball needs to be lowered into the foot, just like on the left foot.






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Sunday, May 26, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 200






I picked up the right carving wax foot and scribed a circle on it. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I am using the gouge to carve with because I need some more practice using this tool.






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Saturday, May 25, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 199




I pick up the left foot and start carving on it with my paring knife. Click on any image to enlarge it.






As I carve, I test fit the carving wax ankle ball in the foot.






I also test fit the lower left leg on the ball as I am carving.






I also check the range of motion.






The carving wax ball was lowered quite a bit to get it close to where it needs to be. The right foot is in the background, and the recently carved left foot is in the foreground.






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Friday, May 24, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 198




I traced around the matte board cutout to scribe a line on the top of the foot. I know it isn't big enough, but it is good enough for starters. I must start somewhere. The carving wax ball will need to be lowered about one half of an inch, or about 12mm. Click on any image to enlarge it.






Besides my paring knife, I am also using the woodcarving gouge.






I test fit the carving wax ball from time to time, even though I know it is nowhere close to being in the right place.






I still have a ways to go. I am going to sneak up on this, a little bit at a time.






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Thursday, May 23, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 197




I started out by scribing some criss-cross lines on the bottom of the lower left leg, to try and center the matte board ring. I turned on my wax pen and let it heat up, then I tacked the matte board ring in place. Click on any image to enlarge it.






This is a turnaround, showing how the matte board ring is more or less centered on the bottom of the lower leg. This will be the socket of the ankle joint.






I use the wax pen to add carving wax where it is needed on the leg, to fill in where the matte board ring is larger than the area of the carving wax leg.






I do the same thing on the other side.






I use my paring knife to carve out the inside of the socket.






I test fit the carving wax ankle joint ball in the socket as I work.






A lot of carving wax shavings were produced.



The actual work is practice, practice and more practice: adding, subtracting, and smoothing repeatedly. ~ Martha Armstrong-Hand





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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 196




I make the layout for the ankle rings on a piece of matte board, using a pencil, a compass, and a ruler, and referring to the drawing I did yesterday. I use an X-Acto knife to cut out the inside of the rings first. Then I cut the outside of the rings. Click on any image to enlarge it.






They seem to fit the carving wax balls.






The ankles are ovals.






They will become round. I will be adding carving wax to the sides of the ankles, and subtracting carving wax from the front and back of the ankles.






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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 195




When I want to know exact measurements, I have to draw with a pencil and a paper and measure the drawing with a ruler. This photo shows a 32mm diameter circle, divided into thirds, with another circle drawn at the one third mark, labeled 29mm. Then another circle is drawn that is a wee bit larger than that (34mm diameter) which will be the size of the matte board ring. Click on any image to enlarge it.






The carving wax ball is 32mm in diameter. I want one third of the ball in the socket of the lower leg. I divide my 32mm circle into thirds. One third measures 29mm. The outside diameter of the matte board ring will be about 34mm.



Each of the socket ends of the lower legs are about 30mmx40mm. That means I will have to make some adjustments.




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Monday, May 20, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 194




I cleaned up the mold seams and spares on the carving wax ankle balls. I chose two balls that had thick walls, as can be seen in the upper left image. The mold seams are not too bad, as can be seen in the upper right photo. I do not need to take great care with the spares (in the lower left image) because they will face down in the foot. In the lower right image, the seams have been scraped down with the paring knife, my favorite carving wax tool. Click on any image to enlarge it.






A beautiful visitor to our garden.






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Sunday, May 19, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 193




This is the ankle joint at 45 degrees. Do I need this much rotation in the foot of my doll? I did this diagram in Kolourpaint. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Saturday, May 18, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 192




I worked some more with the ankle joint in Kolourpaint. I feel like I am making progress with my design. I may make some matte board rings for the ankle socket. The rings will fit down one third of the diameter of the carving wax ankle joint ball. I am trying to maintain the overall height of my doll, so she doesn't get shorter or taller when she is strung. I have outlined an area of the foot that may need to be removed, so the foot will have some range of motion. After all, the whole reason for ball joints is so I can pose the doll when I am playing with her. Click on any image to enlarge it.






The only other experience I have making carving wax ankle joints is when I made Carving Wax Test Doll. She got melted down to make these carving wax parts. Carving wax is reusable.






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