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About TaleSpinner

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    Sculptor of Stories
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  1. I think you got the (bases and feet from me). Th stand by the feet thing, but, it is my go to for bases now as it is rock hard and helps keep the bases from warping in the mold.
  2. @Rod G: Yes, I use it daily. I assume you are talking about Aves Apoxie Sculpt, two part putty. It is not very "friendly" when used alone, but when blended 1:1 or up to 2:1 with Green Stuff or Procreate, it results in a product that is fairly easy to work with, not messy (like the Aves alone is) and cures hard, allowing you to work it with tools. If you look at any of my WIPS on here, this mix is the light green colored putty I use. For me, I like to use it for armatures, adding bulk, and anything I want a hard edge on. I still prefer GS straight for organic shapes, which is why the last mm of most of my sculpts is made of GS.
  3. Wow, two nights in a row, I'm the first one on!
  4. I just found a source where I can get 10 to 11 pound silicon bronze ingots for sale for about $7.00 a pound. That's only about 40 cents over copper melt cost! I may be placing an order. The only problem is that I would have to cut it up into chunks to fit it into my crucibles, and all of my metal cutting tools are miniature.
  6. Anyone coming on tonight? I'm getting lonely here.
  7. July 4th, 1996 we moved into our current house. We plan on staying here until our youngest graduates (5 years) because the schools are fantastic here. After that, I plan on downsizing, because I really do not want to spend so much time keeping up my property anymore; I'd rather be sculpting, casting, painting, fishing, hiking, etc...
  8. I'm torn between bronze and pewter. They cost about the same with bronze being a bit less expensive. Bronze is currently running $14.40 to $19.50 a pound depending on the mix and pewter is $17.99 a pound. I love the way that everyone thinks that bronze is the more valuable material, but that just isn't true. We use pewter because of it's low melting temperature, not because of its cost. With the high volume casting that mini companies use, if you tried to use bronze, the 1800+ degree pour temp would completely melt/vaporize the rubber molds. With my setup it is an option. That said, I do want to paint these guys. Has anyone tried painting bronze? How does it take priming and such.
  9. Yes, MrsSpinner got them done about 3 weeks ago. Usually she tries to be done in January, but my sculpting business (and another venture with friends) has given her a whole order of magnitude more paperwork and hassle with taxes than we ever had before. She can't even start anymore until after March 15 because we have to wait for the numbers from the limited partnership to come in. This year was especially tricky as she had to factor in the purchase of the foundry which, on paper, put my sculpting business at a loss. I love my wife. <Voice of MOD> Be very careful how you answer the second part. I really don't want to have to move all of today's responses into a Beekeepers topic.
  10. Live

    Yaay, it's live. <Shameless plug time> The lions (WIP) above were mine as are the sphinxes (WIP), game (board and baboon), and staves, plus a few others not yet shown. Personally, the Hieracosphinx (falcon) is one of my personal favorite sculpts I have ever done. Here are the sphinxes in case you are wondering:
  11. Yeah, the detail came through perfectly. I'm having a bit of an issue with mold alignment at his nose, but no where else. Also I'm having some air bubble issues, but most are contained inside the mini which will still work fine for investment. The next step is to de-flash them and do clean-up using sculpting wax.
  12. Maybe, but more likely I'll just make a few copies to give away to friends and such. I wonder if I could donate a few copies to the ReaperCon auction?
  13. Trogs Get Cast 1 Many of you will remember my Trogs WIP that I did on here. I did actually finish them both, but just never really got around to posting them in that WIP. I have been unable to find a home for them, because they do not easily correspond to any typical D&D or PF creature. I had a brief lull in my sculpting projects this past week and decided to try to cast them myself. I started with Smilely, because he is my least favorite (Hugs turned out bad-elf, if you ask me, and I want more experience before I mold it). I cut off both its arms. I probably could have left the left one on, but my abilities aren't great yet, and I was afraid it would complicate things too much. I didn't make a sprue for the arms and just winged it, using a sprue former in the mold, figuring that I would cut channels to the arms. That turned out to be a bad idea and they moved in the liquid rubber mold. I barely had enough space for the wax injector. It all worked out though. Here is the mold and a few wax copies of the arms (I went on to make many more; injecting molds is fun): Then I decided to tackle the rest of Smilely. First, I added a GS and wire sprue and let it cure: Next, I created the rough mold, supporting the model and creating the basic parting line: Here is a shot of the complete stack of unvulcanized mold rubber before peeling the paper and putting it in the mold frame: The mold turned out great, but I cut myself very deeply with the scalpel while cutting in the air gates. It was such a clean cut though I was able to seal it myself, so no ER trip at 11:00 at night. Here is the finished mold: Smilely though wasn't as heal-able as I am and lost several layers of putty in the mold making process, so I guess I'd better cast it right: I'm not used to doing this large of wax casts, and I opened the mold too soon, oops: The next one came out beautifully: I kept making casts. Sometimes air bubbles in the cast really suck: I decided I'd made enough when my "Keeps" bowl started looking like Siri's cave drawing: It will be a couple of weeks before I can invest and cast these, but I got the hard part done. I am very excited that I successfully made a mold for a mini. Andy
  14. You can see this well in the following minis:
  15. I have yet to find a good Dremel solution for Bones. For them I scrape with a very sharp scalpel. For metal, I use carbide cutting tips for initial line removal and major modifications, followed by a diamond burr for smoothing, and a rubber polishing point for polishing and fine adjustment. Often I skip the diamond burr and just use light pressure with the carbide, YMMV. It is important that you spend the extra and get carbide. Steel wears out and gets dull very fast. Carbide will last you many years (some of mine are approaching 20 years old and still sharp). These have really come down in price; you can now buy a whole set for what I paid for a single bit back in the 1990s. Here's my set, you can find it on Amazon and MicroMark: Diamond Burrs: Rubber Polishing Points: