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Sculpted the feet.  It is nearly ready for casting now.  I think I am going to open the leg holes in the shell a bit to allow for a beefier leg.  If I don't do it now, I'll have to modify it with each sculpt later.  Hopefully by the end of the day today, I'll be ready to make the rubber molds and start making wax copies tomorrow night.

 

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I opened up and flared the edges of the lower shell to allow for beefier arms and legs.  Then I pulled it from the cork and attached the wax-injection-port former to the bottom.  Tonight I'll make the rubber molds and if there is time, shoot the waxes (probably won't be time though as I just remembered that I am supposed to allow my new mold rubber to cool at room temperature after vulcanization to minimize shrinkage; so no quick dunk and cut tonight).

 

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I hope you are feeling better soon, Andy! Back spasms are the pits. 

 

Such a cool figure idea, and it's cool that you now have the capability to essentially copy/paste the basic parts of the sculpt. Very cool! 

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

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19 minutes ago, Kang said:

Take care of your back, hope you feel better soon!

 

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Thanks.  It is mostly better today.  I've been dealing with this issue for years, so at least I now know my limits and exactly what to do when I get a flare up to knock it down fast with only about a day of down time.  On the upside, the cure involves Dr. sanctioned drinking of Scotch. :poke:::D: (Whiskey is both a good muscle relaxer and pain killer.)

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21 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

 

Thanks.  It is mostly better today.  I've been dealing with this issue for years, so at least I now know my limits and exactly what to do when I get a flare up to knock it down fast with only about a day of down time.  On the upside, the cure involves Dr. sanctioned drinking of Scotch. :poke:::D: (Whiskey is both a good muscle relaxer and pain killer.)

Strictly for medicinal purposes, eh? 

 

Riiiiiiight...  ::D:

 

Just kidding, that actually makes a lot of sense and probably is less harsh in the long term than some of the more pharmaceutical options that could be employed.  Have one for me while you're at it, I think I feel a back ache coming on!

 

edit - a couple hours after posting this yesterday my back actually did start hurting, which it continues to do.  That's karma for ya, I should not have been joking about this.  Sorry if I seemed like I was making light of your troubles. <waits for pain to subside>

 

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I got the bronze cut.  It was a laborious process that caused the circuit breaker to blow about a dozen times, mostly because I was running both the saw and shop vac at the same time.  I have rigged up a cone to allow the vac to suck away any airborne particles as soon as they were made.  The mess wasn't too bad, mostly just in a 6 foot semi circle around the saw.  I figure I lost about the volume of one to two of the chunks I ended up with, which is too bad, but necessary.  Maybe someday I'll get a portable bandsaw like @Kang, but for now this works.  Hopefully, I have enough bronze to last me until summer so I can cut outside next time.

 

Barring any more issues, it looks like I'll be casting this weekend.

 

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(It really is a very pretty metal.)

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