Saturday, August 31, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 294




Today I worked on the elbow joints of the lower arms, trying to make them more alike each other. I did not take any snapshots of the elbows. Then I worked on the left hip joint, cutting a slot. I started by drilling a hole. Then I scribed some lines where I wanted to cut the slot. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I used a little V-gouge to remove carving wax from the slot. Then I used my X-Acto knife and my paring knife to finish it and do some trimming.






I re-strung the leg and tried it out. As usual, I am sneaking up on it, little by little.






I think that I can cut the slot a little bit longer? I'll keep testing it.






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Friday, August 30, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 293




I worked on the left hand today, cleaning up mold seams and so forth. This is an after photo as I did not take any before photos. It is far from finished. There is so much work left to do. Click on any image to enlarge it.






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Thursday, August 29, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 292




This is a back view of the test-strung Carving Wax Doll. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I saw that I needed to do some work on the wrist of the right carving wax arm. I used some scrap pieces of carving wax that I carved out of the skull cap and I pressed them onto the wrist, all the way around. These scrap pieces will be the filler.






I was heating up my DIY Wax Pen while I was adding the pieces of scrap carving wax to the wrist.






This wax pen is made from a 25W woodburning tool with a custom forged tip. I use the wax pen to weld the scraps to the wrist. I make sure that the tip of the wax pen goes all the way through the scraps, and also melts the carving wax in the wrist. That way, the scraps and the wrist become one piece (additive technique).






Once I have welded all the scraps to the wrist, I use my paring knife to scrape away the excess (subtractive technique).






Although it still needs more work, it is now much closer to being finished than when I started.






Here is a useful test-stringing trick. One way that I am adjusting the tension of the elastic is by using different lengths of S-hook. It is much easier to cut a length of wire and bend two hooks in it, than it is to remove the elastic cord, untie it, and retie it. These S-hooks are made from the same soft iron wire that I used to make the armature.






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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 291




I picked up the skull cap today and laid out some lines for cutting it thinner. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I worked with the gouge, my paring knife, and an old paring knife with a rounded tip. It is looking better than it did before.






I carved a lot of wax out of the skull cap. My scrap carving wax box is almost full. The carving wax is a reusable sculpture material. I will be able to melt it down and use it again.






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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 290




Today I drilled holes and cut slots in the right carving wax arm. I also cut some wire for a couple of more pins and S-hooks. Then I strung the carving wax doll together and laid her out on the working drawing. Overall, her height is pretty good. The arms are too long, but I already knew that. I will have to drill and cut some slots in the hip joint balls so I can sit her up. She stands on her own, even when loosely strung, but I do not dare to move my hands too far away from her yet. Click on the image to enlarge it.



I found out that one of the right shoulder balls is too thin when I was drilling it and cutting the slot. I can either fill it in with molten carving wax, then drill the holes and cut the slot again; or I can cast another one and replace the one that is in the shoulder. I may try the repair first, and if that doesn't work, I can always replace it. I made plaster molds for the carving wax balls.




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Monday, August 26, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 289




Today I drilled some holes and cut some slots in the shoulder and elbow joints of the left carving wax arm. Then I test-strung the left arm on some 3mm round elastic doll cord. I can already see where I need to do some work. There is nothing like a test-stringing to bring it into focus. I am very happy that I am far enough along to start test-stringing my doll. Click on the inage to enlarge it.






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Sunday, August 25, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 288




Today I drilled holes for the pin and cut slots for the S-hooks in the wrist joints. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Saturday, August 24, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 287






I drilled some holes and slots in the carving wax ankle balls, cut and bent some wire, then hooked the S-hook from the wire in the ball onto the elastic. The feet are terminal joints for this type of stringing, where the elastic comes down in two loops from the head. Click on any image to enlarge it.








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Friday, August 23, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 286




This is 3mm round elastic doll cord, threaded through a plastic neck button, and tied in a knot. I tied a piece of yarn to one of the loops, so I wouldn't get them twisted inside the doll. The stringing tool was made from a length of wire clothes hanger. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I threaded the elastic through the neck socket with the stringing tool and pulled it through, making sure that the neck button was situated properly.






I threaded the elastic through the neck, then through the torso.






I drilled some holes through the hip sockets.






Then I pulled the elastic through the lower torso.






I drilled some holes in the leg joints and pulled the elastic through the legs and put some popsicle sticks through the loops to hold it in place until I can get the ankle joints prepared by cutting slots and drilling pin holes. Then I will cut a couple of pins, and make a couple of S-hooks for the ankle joints. They need the S-hooks and pins because they are a terminal joint.






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Thursday, August 22, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 285




Today I cut the skull cap off the carving wax head. I used my jeweler's alcohol lamp and an old X-Acto blade to do the surgery. Now I have access to test-string the doll. I am going to test-string the doll now, even though I know the arms and legs are too long because I really need to play with this doll a little bit. I always had fun playing with Carving Wax Test Doll before she got melted down to make this carving wax doll. Anyway, my plan is to do a real loose test-stringing, and lay her out on top of the working drawing, and take some reference photos of her, as a work-in-progress. Click on an image to enlarge it.






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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 284




Today I laid out and scribed a line for the skull cap. Now that I have all the balls welded on, I'd like to do a loose stringing test on the carving wax doll. It will be the first of many as I design the joints. I am happy that I am finally at this stage of development. Anyway, I used my wooden pottery calipers to measure from a point right under the middle of the nose, over to the ears, and made a mark with a small drill bit. Then I put a point of one leg of the calipers in the small hole, and scribed a line with the other leg's point, to find the middle of the head. Then I lightly scribed a line for the skull cap, using the calipers, with one point in the center hole on top of the head, and the other point scribing the line. Finally, I used my X-Acto knife to make the lightly scribed line a little deeper. The skull cap is ready to be cut out. Click on any image to enlarge it.






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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 283




I added a piece of scrap carving wax to the elbow joint of the right lower arm. I used my wax pen to weld the scrap piece of carving wax to the joint. Click on any image to enlarge it.






It still needs some work, but it is slowly catching up with the the left arm.






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Monday, August 19, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 282




Today I spent some time comparing the right and left carving wax arms. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Sunday, August 18, 2013

08 Joint Design Nº 281




Today I worked on the right carving wax lower arm. I cut the inside elbow at a 45 degree angle. I fit the elbow ball joint on the lower arm. I welded the elbow ball to the lower arm using my wax pen. I subtracted excess carving wax with my paring knife. This is as far as I got today. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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