Monday, June 30, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 63




I am trying different parting lines to find the best one. I do not know which is the best one, yet. This one is not the best one. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Sunday, June 29, 2014

09 Plaster Production Molds Nº 62




I did a little more sanding, then got distracted by thinking about the parting line, so I tried a simple setup, doing some measuring with calipers and a ruler. I can always wipe off the carbon paper line, until I get it where I want it. Then I can trace over the carbon paper line with a marker. Click on any image to enlarge it.






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Saturday, June 28, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 525




I have designed and made the joints, and filled in all the holes in all the parts, so now the only thing left to do is finish refining each part before making a mold for it. Sanding with 220-grit sandpaper made some slight imperfections noticeable, as can be seen in the snapshot below, near the socket. Click on any image to enlarge it.






One way I am trying to smooth those imperfections is by going back one grit of sandpaper, in this case 150-grit, and resanding over the imperfection, then trying again with the 220-grit sandpaper. 220-grit sandpaper is as fine as I am going to go with these doll parts. It leaves a very nice satin finish on the surface. I do not want my doll to have a hard, shiny plastic-looking skin.



The other way to deal with these imperfections is to use my wax pen, fill the imperfection, then scrape off the excess, and sand the area. I will try both ways.




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Friday, June 27, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 524




Everything was against me today, from thunderstorms to exhausted batteries. This is a work-in-progress snapshot of all the carving wax pieces. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Thursday, June 26, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 523




I finished welding on the top of the head with my wax pen, scraped off the excess carving wax with my paring knife, then sanded it with 100-grit sandpaper . Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 522




I worked on the head today. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I plugged the hole in the neck socket with a piece of scrap carving wax.






I filled-in the hole in the neck socket with the wax pen, then scraped the excess off.






I carved a piece of scrap carving wax to fit in the top of the head.






I tacked it in place with the wax pen.






This is an in-progress snapshot of the weld. I ran out of time to finish this today.






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Monday, June 23, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 520




Today I welded the lower arm back together again with the wax pen, scraped off the excess carving wax filler with the paring knife, and sanded the join smooth with 100-grit sandpaper. Click on any image to enlarge it.








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Sunday, June 22, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 519




I worked on the lower arms today. They are different lengths. I am working to make them the same length. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I scored a couple of lines, then used a V-gouge to remove some carving wax between the lines..






Then I used a knife to cut the rest of the way through the arm. I used the knife to trim off the wax up to the lines on each piece. I guess I shortened the arm about 4mm or 5mm.






Getting closer to being the same length. As usual, I am sneaking up on it, little by little.






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Saturday, June 21, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 518






While looking at the wrist joints of the lower arms, I noticed that one arm is slightly longer than the other one. Click on any image to enlarge it.






I will also need to work on the wrist sockets.






I will be using a 22mm hard rubber ball for the wrist.






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Friday, June 20, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 517




More elbow socket work. This is a before snapshot. Click on any image to enlarge it.






This is an after snapshot.






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Thursday, June 19, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 516




Today I worked some more on the socket, filling in behind the thickened edge of the socket with my wax pen, scraping off excess carving wax with my paring knife, and smoothing with some 100-grit sandpaper. Click on any image to enlarge it.






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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 515




I did some more work on the elbow joints today. This is a before snapshot. Click on any image to enlarge it.






And this is an after snapshot. The second elbow is going faster than the first elbow, since I figured out what I wanted to do.






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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 514




Today I did some more work thickening the edges of the elbow socket. Click on the image to enlarge it.






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Monday, June 16, 2014

08 Joint Design Nº 513




I finally decided to put a ball in the socket to help it keep it's shape while I thickened the edge of the socket where it was so thin. It was really a very simple solution. It just took me awhile to think of it. Good thing, because I got my studio straightened up a wee bit. I put the ball in the socket, then positioned the upper arm on some old, rolled-up socks while I worked on it. Click on any image to enlarge it.






The edge of the socket was so thin that I had to build it up slowly and carefully with the wax pen.






So now my question is, should I make the edge even thicker?






As I worked, I rearranged my tools to fit my working methods. All my tools are within reach.






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