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I am currently starting work on a new exciting project for a client of mine. He's allowing me to share my work with you.  I will be sculpting a large plinth with the eye of the serpent gem on top and

Last Big Push   I did a lot in the last few days.  Finished the heads, fit them to the body, added wattles, and some other stuff I can't show right now.  I just sent pictures to my client and just n

Skinning the Column and Adding the Base   I'm going to move away from the step by step here as I do have a deadline and just can't stop to take enough pictures.  These will be more high level steps

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You can sculpt an epoxy filled brass tube better than anyone else I know. Fantastic work.

 

Thank you.  Next, I am thinking of sculpting that most classic of adventuring equipment, the 10' pole.

 

So that snake familiar didn't go so well :poke:

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Skinning the Column and Adding the Base

 

I'm going to move away from the step by step here as I do have a deadline and just can't stop to take enough pictures.  These will be more high level steps then.  Let me know if you want more details about how I did something. I do cover a lot of my techniques in the BMPC sculpt along topic if you are curious.

 

1. I rolled out a sheet of GS about a mm thick and applied it around the tube, smoothing the ends together where they meet.

 

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2. I gave it a stone like texture using a piece of sandpaper:

 

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3.  Using a metal tool, I sculpted in a few cracks, then let it cure.

 

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4. For the base, I switched to a bigger cork then rolled out a long cylinder, wrapping it around the base.

 

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5. I used my clay shapers and metal tools to smooth it and shape it.

 

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6. Using a diamond file, I added texture and then finished it by extending the cracks with my metal detail tool.

 

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7.  Finally, I cut the tube down and sanded it off.

 

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Have a good night,

 

Andy

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Capping the Plinth

 

1. I took a ball of GS and squished it down onto the top of the plinth, then shaped it evenly al the way around into the basic shape I am going for.

 

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2. To get a second, smaller ring under it, I flattened an even line all the way around the plinth at the base of the cap.

 

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3. Next I used my scalpel to trim away the excess making it even.  After that I did a lot of clay shaper work to get the shaped smooth and even.

 

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4. I then textured it with sandpaper and my diamond file and added a few cracks.

 

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Amphisbaena Armature

 

1. My client said that he wants this to be twice as long as the cobras I did for him a couple years ago, so I bent a wire into the shape of one of them.

 

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2. I straightened out the wire and measured it at 12 cm.

 

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3. I then measured and cut a brass rod to 24 cm.

 

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4. I bent the rod into shape.  The snake will have one head raised in a high strike pose and the other coiled in a low strike ready position.

 

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5. I couldn't find a cork big enough to fit it on, so I added GS to the side of one of my 3 cork armatures to make a flat surface.

 

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Well, that is all for tonight.  Have a good one.

 

Andy

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I badly need to learn plinth making, awesome project!

 

Maybe at ReaperCon next year my new class could be"The Art of Making Plinths" or maybe "Plinths and You".

 

 

Would that take a whole class or could you possibly do a class on making odds and ends like dungeon scenery for 2-3 different things? 

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I badly need to learn plinth making, awesome project!

 

Maybe at ReaperCon next year my new class could be"The Art of Making Plinths" or maybe "Plinths and You".

 

 

Would that take a whole class or could you possibly do a class on making odds and ends like dungeon scenery for 2-3 different things? 

 

 

I was originally trying to be funny, but on further reflection this is exactly what I would like to do.  I could cover the basics on how to approach scenery sculpting and construction, then have everyone sculpt a mug or something small that can be done in an hour.  Thoughts?

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I badly need to learn plinth making, awesome project!

 

Maybe at ReaperCon next year my new class could be"The Art of Making Plinths" or maybe "Plinths and You".

 

 

Would that take a whole class or could you possibly do a class on making odds and ends like dungeon scenery for 2-3 different things? 

 

 

I was originally trying to be funny, but on further reflection this is exactly what I would like to do.  I could cover the basics on how to approach scenery sculpting and construction, then have everyone sculpt a mug or something small that can be done in an hour.  Thoughts?

 

LOVE it, will take it if you offer it! 

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