Friday, February 28, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 475




Today I worked on the back of the other carving wax ear. Click on the image to enlarge it.



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Thursday, February 27, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 474




I continued working on the carving wax ears. I started carving the back of the ears today. As usual, I am sneaking up on them. I am glad they don't hear very well. Click on any image to enlarge it.



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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 473




I worked on the right carving wax ear today. I did not make a note of it yesterday, but before I started working on hollowing out the ears, I scribed a new line inside the small semi-circle I made. If I had cut the matte board template that small, I would have cut off the straight pin hole. Also, yesterday I used the wax pen to hollow out the ear. Today I am trying out the small U-gouge, from the set of five small woodcarving tools that I got from Michaels. Anyway, at this point, I have the front of the ears roughed out, more or less the same. Even though these ears are going to be very stylized, I am also going to carve out the back of the ears. If it does not work out, I can always fill them back in and try again. This is one of the things I really like about modeling clays and waxes. When sculpting wood or stone, if I take too much away, it's oops. Click on any image to enlarge it.



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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 472




I have started carving on the left carving wax ear, using the lines I scribed yesterday for reference. Click on any image to enlarge it.



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Monday, February 24, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 471




I worked on the carving wax ears some more. First I drew a line on the matte board template, representing the outer rim of the ear. Then I used scissors to cut along the line. Click on any image to enlarge it.






Then I pinned the template to the ears and scribed around the cutout with the tip of my paring knife. I flipped the matte board template over to do the ear on the other side of the head.






Next, I drew another line on the template, representing the inner ear, and cut it out with scissors. Then I pinned the template to the ears, as before, and scribed a line around the template. Just as before, I flipped the template over to do the ear on the other side. After I was finished, I put all the pieces of the template back together and taped it up, just in case I need it again. If I don't lose it, having it will save me the time of having to make a new one, if I do need it again. This is one reason why my studio is so cluttered with junk. I save everything.






This is what the scribed ears look like. The scribed lines will be guides that I can use to try and make the ears come out as similar as possible to each other. Using templates is a time-honored technique in traditional sculpture.






Next, I need to start carving. I will be using this practice ear modeled with Roma Plastilina as a reference.



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Sunday, February 23, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 470




Using the matte board ear template I made, I filled in behind each ear with carving wax. I wrapped some aluminum foil around the template so molten carving wax would not stick to it. I used the same template for each ear, flipping it over for each ear. I used the straight pin and bamboo skewer to make sure the template was in the same place for each ear. I pressed the template down flat against the plane of the ear with my finger when I was filling behind the ear with carving wax. I did everything I could think of doing to try and make the two ears as much as the same size as possible. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I finally used all the scrap carving wax filler on my little circle, so I added some more to it. I used a scrap piece of carving wax that I cut off the arms, so long ago. I tacked the scrap piece in place with my wax pen so it would not fall off when I hold it in one hand. The way I have been working with it is to fill the tip of the wax pen with a blob of molten carving wax, then I apply that blob where I need it, making sure to melt the tip of the wax pen into the base carving wax, so the filler and the base become as one piece. Then I use my paring knife, or another carving tool to subtract the excess carving wax from the filled area. I keep my wax pen tip clean by wiping it off on a pair of old rolled up cotton socks. I clean my carving tools by scraping them off on the cut-off edge of a little talc container. When the talc container gets full of scraps, I empty the scraps out into a wax pot, so they can be melted and reused.



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Saturday, February 22, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 469




I have been thinking about doing this forever, and finally got around to actually making a matte board template for the carving wax ears. It was easy to do. I just used a scrap piece of matte board, laid it up against one ear, and traced the outline of the ear onto the matte board. Then I cut it out. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I marked a point for the ear hole. Since there is already a measured ear hole in each carving wax ear, this hole will fit both of them. I will just flip the template over for each ear. I used a small drill bit to make the hole in the matte board template.






This is a snapshot of the matte board template on the right ear, pegged in place with a sharpened bamboo skewer.






This is a snapshot of the matte board template on the left ear, pegged in place with a sharpened bamboo skewer. All I did was flip the same piece of matte board over for this ear. I still have to make one more final measurement with my calipers to position the template on each ear. I will place one point of the calipers under the nose, and the other point at the top of the ear, then pin the template in place with a straight pin from my sewing kit.



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Friday, February 21, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 468




I worked on the carving wax lower torso, around the hip joints today, adding with the wax pen and subtracting with the paring knife. Click on any image to enlarge it.



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Thursday, February 20, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 467




I made another oil-clay sketch of an ear. This one is a little bit closer to what I am trying to do. I must keep in mind the direction of mold withdrawal. Click on any image to enlarge it.



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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 466




I worked more on the carving wax lower torso. This is a before snapshot. Click on any image to enlarge it.






Adding with the wax pen.






Subtracting with the paring knife.






Smoothing with 100-grit sandpaper. This is an after snapshot. Sometimes it looks like I make more work for myself than I started out with.



The actual work is practice, practice and more practice: adding, subtracting, and smoothing repeatedly. ~ Martha Armstrong-Hand (4 July 1920 - 22 October 2004

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 465




I've been thinking about how much detail to put into the ears. In general, the porcelain dolls that I have are cheap Thrift store finds, and the ears are not very detailed at all. I guess this is because a wig usually covers the ears on these dolls. And most of the time, a wig will probably cover the ears of the doll I am making, once she is finished. Since I am making a multiple piece rigid plaster mold of the head, and I do not want to make separate mold pieces for the ears, I am going to make the ears very stylized. I start out by drawing the ear, based on artist's anatomy books. Then I tried to show the planes inside the ear. It probably does not make any sense to anyone but me. Click on any image to enlarge it.






This is my first oil-clay sketch of a stylized ear. It is modeled with Roma Plastilina. This ear is almost the same size as the ears on my doll.






After I modeled the ear, and took the snapshots, I cut it in half to show the planes. The idea is to be able to pull the face out of one half of the mold, in the direction that the arrow is pointing. So the inside of the ear cannot have any undercuts.






Here are a couple of more snapshots of all the doll parts on the project tray.






She is getting closer and closer to being ready for molding. I am finding fewer and fewer low places that need filling. The next step will be to start smoothing the parts with a finer grade of sandpaper.



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Monday, February 17, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 464




Yesterday I added, today I subtracted and smoothed. This is the right lower carving wax leg. There is also a compare snapshot, as well as a snapshot of all the parts together on the project tray. I am pleased with how she is coming along. Click on any image to enlarge it.



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