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More Attempted Art Nouveau

10 Aug

This is going to be an incense holder. I was trying to mimic Art Nouveau, and got one step closer to the design I’m trying for. But I definitely need to learn flowers next. Maybe modeling actual flowers would work.

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Not Quite Art Nouveau, but Squiggly Nonetheless

24 Jul

My second try at an art nouveau tealight/incense holder is closer to the mark, but we’re not quite there yet. Something’s missing. Still, I think this will be worth making a mold and copying.

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Zenfrog Soapdish

22 Jul

Meanwhile, here’s my Zenfrog Soapdish. The breakthrough here was to make the silicon mold while the clay was leather-hard, but not dry yet. It worked! The gray one is the clay original. The white ones are eBay-ready concrete copies, and the blue thing is the rubber mold.

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Real-Looking Sun Face

5 Jul

This survived bisque firing, and I’ll glaze it next. I’m thinking it might make a good contrasting pair with the moon face.

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Portland Cement

17 May

After experimenting with different kinds of plaster and cement, I’ve found a fantastic new material: white Portland cement– basically sidewalk. And at $20 for a 94-lb bag of powder, it’s virtually free. Here’s a moon I cast in cement with a little pillow of steel wool mixed in and no sand. I sanded it smooth and used Johnson & Johnson floor wax on it. Voila! Next, I’ll try to see how closely I can imitate the look of real sculpted marble.

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Ogilvie and the Gold of the Raj

7 May

This is one that I tossed off pretty casually while listening to an audiobook and letting my thoughts wander. But now it’s growing on me. I think i’ll try to make more like this one. After careful consideration, I’ve isolated the one factor that must have made this moon face work: “Ogilvie and the Gold of the Raj.”

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Three Fingers, of Course

3 May

I slapped together a quick gargoyle body and put the head on. The feet and hands are quick gestural studies, tons of fun to make. I love gremlins & gargoyles because it’s all play. No fussing over proportions.

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Look Out Scoob!

2 May

Back to sculpting, after a foray into mold-making. If I can ever reproduce this in concrete, it’ll make some garden art, I think. This one is turning out suspiciously dog-like.

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‘We Don’t Kill Easy’

30 Apr

Rash mold-making shortcuts left me with a gooey mess of uncured silicone. In utter despair, I tossed the mold, original stuck firmly inside, out in the yard. After a few rainy nights and warm days, I was going to throw it in the trash when, miraculously, the original popped out. I poured some Rockite into the tatterdemalion mold, and got THIS! With luck, this un-dead mold will now produce 60 or more copies just like this one, which proudly bears the title “SFb001”, destined to go down in Kenny Smillie history as The Sun Face That Didn’t Kill Easy.

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Spray Paint

21 Apr

Some of my concrete castings definitely need color to distract from the marks left by my rookie mistakes in mold-making. I was cogitating about air brushes, air compressors and all that expense & hassle when I found this stuff called spray paint. It comes in a can. You press the button. The color comes out of the can. Let the proceedings begin!

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