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About Kang

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  • Birthday 01/17/1973

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    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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    My wife and kids, backyard metal casting, A Song of Ice and Fire, minis

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  1. Kang

    Ral Partha Sorceress with Wand by Dennis Mize

    Old Ral Partha gets an auto-like from me, Mize was a master! But this time it's for the paint job too. Nice. Jeff
  2. Kang

    Halcyon Judge Anderson

    Yeah, he really is short... Must be Stallone's Dredd. :) Great job, she looks awesome! Kang
  3. Kang

    Bones Black Owlbear - 44001

    Best owlbear paintjobs I've seen, period. Kudos! Kang
  4. Kang

    hide Guitar Strap

    Awesome stuff! Castings look great, your friend should be really happy with all this. Kang
  5. Great job! "Now we will begin the dance. Remember, child, this is not the dance of the Westeros we are learning, the knight's dance, hacking and hammering, no. This is the Braavo's dance, the water dance, it is swift and sudden. All men are made of water, do you know this? If you pierce them, the water leaks out and they die." - George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones Glitterwolf, you were right, he is facing a wolf. A direwolf. A pup that walks in two legs; her name is Arya Stark. Kang
  6. Kang

    Owl Coin

    Sounds like he just needed the night and a closer look to realize what you'd done here. Great job!
  7. Bit of an update, since I haven't posted anything here in a while... The house number plaque I made for my sister is now installed on the front of her house and she seems satisfied with it: Also, I have completed another aluminum bronze choppy thing project. A pipe-tomahawk this time. Chose to make the rear-facaing bit a smoking pipe instead of a spike or something because new laws here in Canada had everyone talking about legalized wacky tobaccy up here constantly for a few weeks and months there. I was hoping to maybe try my hand at making some stuff to sell sometime down the line and that's the idea I came up with. The pipe-hawk casting needs 2 cores; one for the eye where the handle fits in. And one for the pipe bowl. Cores are made in molds called core boxes, so I had to make 2 core boxes. I think I showed a bunch ch of pictures of how I made the core box for another one of my bronze axes somewhere above, so here's just one, of the new corebox for the bowl core: I also made a little video demonstrating how I make these coreboxes using Lego, plasticine (cheese wax works in a pinch too but not as nice) and hydrostone plaster, if anyone is interested: https://youtu.be/HHkvnVLBOLc The bowl core box was made around a piece of dowel I sanded down the end of I to the shape I wanted for the pipe bowl, but the core for the eye is shaped like a sacrificial tomahawk handle I cut up for this project. I ordered a few of them, they're pretty cheap and I'm no woodworker, but I wanted to be sure the handles that company sells are all roughly similar so they'd fit the same tomahawks well. I used the same chunk of handle that I made the second corebox with to build the actual foundry pattern's core prints, which are projections off a pattern designed for a hardened sand core to fit in so that they are supported by the mold in place when the metal is poured in. I scuplted the eye of the tomahawk pattern onto the core print using a 2-part epoxy putty (an old trick I learned from my gaming miniatures hobby, I told the guys at the casting forums ). And I used scraps of old furniture and terrain basing supplies I found in my scraps bin to use for making the blade and bowl. Here are some pictures of the patternmaking process: The patternmaking video I made covers it up to this point: https://youtu.be/ErOADrMfHEE But I had second thoughts and ended up beefing up the blade-to-eye joint with more putty before I cast it: Couple more coats of paint and it was time to cast this thing! Of course there is video of that too: https://youtu.be/NRFE_x-rKpM And some still pix as well... The crazy colours faded as the ingots cooled down. Couple small casting defects... Bowl drilled through to the eye. I'm still figuring out how I'm gonna drill a long straight hole through a hawk handle to make the pipe functional. I'm more interested in throwing it at targets and chopping down trees with it than that though. On its handle, loosely. After grinding out some of the booger holes (actual foundry terminology) And finally, after a bunch more sanding, sharpening, and peening to work harden the edge: Here it is next to its older brother, who could use a bit of cleaning and sharpening since I actually use it quite a lot for doing work around the yard. That's it for now. I'm planning on turning the pattern into a match plate, which means mounting it on a board that will allow me to make pipe-hawk molds much more quickly and easily. Not sure how long that will take but I'll post more when there's something to post. Meanwhile I also have a new (used) small electric kiln that needs to have it's controls updated from an on/off switch to a k-tyoe thermocouple and PID controller etc., which will allow me to program it so that it will be useful for burning out small molds for lost wax casting or.maybe even some winter aluminum casting if I can get a safe place to use it set up in the basement. It did come with a large number of small crucibles that fit inside it, plus another larger #6 clay-graphite crucible that looks brand new and is privately worth more than I paid for the whole bunch. And a bunch of cast aluminum ingots. And here I thought I was.the it person in this region crazy enough to play around with molten metal! Not so; I got to meet French Canadian future me when I picked this thing up... You gotta love Kijiji (aka Canadian Craig's List)! Pretty sure I'm not gonna get away with keeping it in the living room for much longer, so that is my main concern right now... Kang
  8. Kang

    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    What does TMNT have to do with any of this?! Clearly these are adolescent genetically modified martial arts tortoises. A totally different thing. They are coming along great, your idea to cast the partially sculpted armatures is really paying off! Imagine all the extra work if you'd had to sculpt their shells indivudially... Can't to see the rest of them coming together! Kang
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    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    I love ravens too, especially when they are into mimicry. (Although they are amazing stunt flyers also) I ran across this one urban raven near my old office, sitting on the street corner eating a dead pigeon. While mimicking pigeon calls between bites! Same bird a couple weeks later was sorting the contents of a trash can on the same corner. When he would pluck out something inedible, he'd wait for a human to pass by and throw it at their feet to make them jump out of the way. A real jerk, but talk about personality! The ones nesting near my place are usually too busy getting harrassed by crows to really cause any trouble. Those crows are just jealous... Kang
  10. Kang

    Owl Coin

    Heh. My Dad is a 'Rald too. 7pt! I can barely even read text that small without my readers on. Great job. Waxes look great; the finished pieces ought to go over really well. Kang
  11. Kang

    Owl Coin

    Ack! Resent. Sorry about that. Kang
  12. Kang

    Owl Coin

    Good idea. TaleSpinner, I just PM'ed you a link to one such manufacturer that offers a discount to those who use their stamps as foundry patterns. Kang
  13. Kang

    Owl Coin

    That is an amazing gift idea, not to mention a great use of that extra bronze you've got left over now that you are using pewter for the armatures! Kang
  14. Kang

    Boxer Rebellion: Box-Turtle Folk, WIP

    Loving the druid so far! She's gonna be super cool. Too bad about the brazing and pewter not working out like you hoped. You may not need a full burnout of the investment to cast lower temp. alloys. I'll ask a friend who does a lot of small pieces with lost wax if he's ever done anything with pewter and report back any info I can dig up. He's been really busy lately renovating his new very old house though; could take some time to hear back... Update - I heard back: Dave says for pewter, burnout is as usual for your flask size and investment type, but pour when the flask has cooled to 260C. Hope that helps, good luck! Kang
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