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TaleSpinner last won the day on December 5 2018

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About TaleSpinner

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    Sculptor of Stories
  • Birthday 08/05/1970

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    Lakeville, MN
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    Sculpting, painting, things outdoors, et. al.

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  1. TaleSpinner

    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    Well that too. I guess I had to get creative to get you to get creative. And @TGP, I do mean YOU. I love your art. I still have one of your originals on the wall in my studio above the sculpting desk.
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    What is "Magic Wash"?

    A Wash is essentially thinned paint applied liberally, allowed to pool in the recesses and allowed to dry. This produces a shading effect with little effort. The problem is that if you use just water, the surface tension of the water will draw the pigment to the sides and it will not be evenly distributed after drying; you'll get the bathtub ring effect. To solve this, you need to reduce the surface tension of water by adding chemicals that do that; it's the old soap in the pepper flakes. Many years ago (i.e., 1990's) someone figured out that if you mixed Future Floor polish with water and sometimes other ingredients, you can add it to paint to make a wash that doesn't leave rings. They called it Magic Wash and we all started using it. The problem is that Furture Floor polish really isn't formulated to work with paint; it can cause some really unexpected results under various circumstances. You get the exact same effect with a chemical made by paint companies for years call Flow Improver; but without the unintended side effects. Leave the Magic Wash alone and get some real flow improver designed for use with acrylic paint. I personally go a step further and typically only buy flow improver that is sold as a part of the paint line I use, but that probably isn't necessary and you will likely get good results with something like a bottle of Liquitex flow improver. You can also now find wash mediums in many mini paint lines and these are like the flow improvers but typically work better for washing than even the flow improver. I don't know all the science behind what is in them and why, but they do.
  3. TaleSpinner

    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    Sorry, I'm going out of town and internet for the weekend, so I had to get creative.
  4. TaleSpinner

    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    Considering what you do for a living...that is a little alarming. I hope your patients don't call you that.
  5. TaleSpinner

    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    Feb 22-24 Weekend QUEST! Friday - Sat: Draw something! Sunday: Take a photo of it and post what you drew.
  6. TaleSpinner

    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    I too am a huge Todd Lockwood fan. I think his dragons are what dragons should look like. He really pays attention to anatomy and musculature in a much more plausable way than nearly anyone else. I'm also a big fan of Jessica Rich. I know most know her for her mini painting, but she is also an excellent 2D artist. I especially love her animal watercolors. Here are a few of my favorites: Her ravens inspired me to add a raven to my recent Druid turtle sculpt.
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    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    Wow, I was hoping we'd get to see some great art and you guys didn't disappoint. Thanks! I'll post my answer later, but for now: Feb 21: Describe a perfect day.
  8. TaleSpinner

    Character Design Blue Caterpillar

    Well done!
  9. TaleSpinner

    My Journey into Lost-Wax Metal Casting

    Truth be told, it only looks like this because I am in the middle of a project. Everything you see on that desk has a place and when the current project is finished, I will put each thing away again. Having a messy paint/sculpting studio is pretty much par for the course; I clean that about 4 times a year. Having a messy jewelry bench could at worst kill me, burn down my house, or seriously injure me, as there are a lot of hazardous chemicals, tools, and fire at play there. In addition to that, it is too easy to contaminate metals like gold and silver if the bench is messy. It is currently setup for silver. At the end of each project, I put everything back where it belongs before starting the next project.
  10. TaleSpinner

    Character Design Blue Caterpillar

    Love it. A couple thoughts for you: - Since you are going with an oriental theme, consider having him sitting in a more meditative pose; cross legged. It would lend to the mystic vibe. - Consider researching the actual hallucignetic mu"shrooms" use to get high and perform rituals (I won't type its actual name because I don't want this thread banned at work). It would be a cool double meaning if you have his chair made from that type of mushroom.
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    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    Feb 20: Who is your favorite fantasy artist (2D)? Bonus: Post a link/image of your favorite painting/illustration of theirs.
  12. I backed it. I wasn't going to until I learned that they had several generic settings. At first it, appeared that the settings were all too specific; I could just imagine comments like "Hey, this dragons must use the same builder as the arch-fiend." But with the inclusion of the more generic structures it made it worthwhile to me. I do really like the book concept since storage and travel will be easy.
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    Getting to Know You, Feb 2019

    Feb 19: What's the longest break you've taken from the forum? (Crowley)
  14. TaleSpinner

    My Journey into Lost-Wax Metal Casting

    So, continuing the journey: I am currently working my way through the projects in "Professional Jewelry Making" by Alan Revere. It is an excellent book that teaches you the fundamentals one technique and project at a time. Funny though it doesn't have any sculpting or casting until the end, and then just in passing. Apparently they are advanced techniques; I guess I'm backwards, but then you probably already knew that. Anyway, one of the projects was a crochet chain which I made. It turned out really well and my wife loves it, but the book doesn't finish it; it just gets you to make a raw chain ad leaves you to figure out how to make a clasp (that is probably a later project). I decided to finish mine now though so I am sculpting a dragon head. This will be a bracelet for my wife (and I may make another one for the ReaperCon auction if this one turns out good). There will be two dragon heads, one on each end of the bracelet. They will come together at a silver ring that they will be biting; this being a spring loaded clasp that I got from Rio Grande Jewelry supply as it is considerably beyond my abilities to make that for the foreseable future. To sculpt the dragon head, I made an armature from a Teflon tube and copper wire. The wire is a bit larger than the ring so that the final will more freely in the dragons' mouths. So far i just have the underpinning done and added the eye balls. This dragon will be similar in design to the one I did on her dragon ring and the Reaper Portal. I also took a current photo of the Jewelry Bench, so @Corporea will be happy. ;) Well, that's all for tonight. I have to go get some work done on some mini sculpting commissions that I can't show off (but they're really fun).
  15. TaleSpinner

    hide Guitar Strap

    I cast on Saturday. It was the most metal I have yet melted at once: 15 oz of sterling silver. Here is the tree after casting: It took me an hour or so to saw all of the skulls free. Then I ran them in steel shot in the rock tumbler for a few hours. I also took a short ingot of silver I'd made and rolled into a long bar on my rolling mill. This bar I then made into a ring. It still needs refinement, but I will be soldering one of the skulls to it as a ring for him to wear when he plays. Note that the three to the side have casting flaws that won't be easy to fix. All the rest just have surface flaws and flash that will come off readily. That's not a bad rate, 13 of 16 good casts. I need one for the ring and 10 for the strap. I'll hold the other two in reserve in case I mess up the one on the strap.