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    nice..
    I feel stupid now that I hadn't thought of puting a bit in a vice and twisting em that way..
    making new tools now.
    thanks a lot man =)
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    thank you for that useful thread! i wanted to buy such tools a few days ago but it was too expensive, now i can make it myself
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    Moleman Great idea with the nails! Just remember that any wire larger than .020 and your not going to be able to twist it very well if at all! I use the pliers you see in photo K for bending the larger wire. You can buy these for about $6.00 at a bead store. (a store that sells stuff for making your own jewelry, here they are called Friendze's. They have them at Michaels and Hobby Lobby as well)

    Your getting way ahead of me! I can't take photos fast enough to keep up! But that's OK! LOL!! When you solder, if you plan on using both ends, there is a special trick I learned when trying to solder both ends of the brass tubing! The first end solders just fine.................... but the second is a nightmare if you don't drill a tiny little hole in the brass tubing about 3/8 of an inch behind the second unsoldered end before you try and solder it! The reason for this is to allow the hot gasses to escape, otherwise, it will build up in the tube and blow the dam of solder out onto your leg or worse your face! Wear eye protection!

    Twitch Don't feel that way! That's why we have forums like this so we can all learn new things!

    Smoo Your welcome. Stay tuned. There's more to come.

    Ray

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    CAN ANYONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO GET THAT STUPID GREEN IM CRAP OFF OR OUT FROM UNDER MY AVITAR!!!!!!!!!
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    Next.
    The tools in photo M are made with simple embroidery needles, photo N, that I found in the craft department at Wally World. Make sure the curved needle is what they call “Half Curved”. These tools are awesome for creating fur or hair as well as many other tasks.

    The tools in photo O were made from .020 K & S music wire that I just bent to shape with the pliers I mentioned in photo K.

    The tool in photo P was made using .020 K & S music wire as well. I attached the wire to the handle with super glue at first. Then I wrapped it with carbon fiber tow that I just had laying around. I did this by first tacking one end the tow to the tool with super glue. Next, I wound the tow tightly. When done, I saturated the wrap with thin super glue. This would have been sufficient, but I dabbed it with some epoxy just to make it look good. This procedure can easily be done with sewing thread!

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    I don't think you can remove the green IM thing. Its green because you're signed in. Its red if you're not signed in. That way, if you need to ask someone a question and they're online, you can just chat with them. Somebody correct me if I'm wrong.
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    Hey Moleman,

    I just knew that I was going crazy! The other day I checked about four or five other threads and no one else had a green IM thing! So.........I thought I was the only one with it and I wanted it off! LOL!!!
    Now I understand that they only show up on those members who are signed in! DUH!!!!!!

    How is the tool making going?

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    Hey RS,
    Its been going pretty well. I have the wooden pieces shaped now, and just need to go get some fine grit sand paper to smooth them all out. The dremel left them a little rough. I made different width tapers so I could see what feels best to me, aaaaand because I didn't have a lathe so it was hard to keep anything really consistent. I should be posting some pics later tonight. Then I get to start cutting and shaping the metal bits. That'll be fun. Blowtorches ROCK!! Thanks for checking in.
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    Hey all, just found another GREAT tip. I just called a couple dentist offices and asked them if they had any old tools I could pick up from them to sculpt with. I just got a call back from one of them saying that they had some I could grab from them next Wed! Although I didn't say anything about doing this for a class, as I graduated in '05, they seem to have made that assumption, so it doesn't seem like they're going to charge me anything either. I may give them some compensation. I'll let you know. So call around and see what you can find. I'm sure they'd all be willing to help out an aspiring art student. I'll take a pic and post it once I get them.
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    Did someone mention my name?

    Cool tutorial stuff, Rschrader and Moleman--you guys taught me a thing or two! Kudos.

    As for my toolmaking tutorials, you don't need a ton of extra equipment. Most vises have a little flat anvil section (see pics above) and for the anvil "horn" you can just clamp a piece of larger gauge music wire in the vise and make curved tips like my mini-spoon that way.

    I think every sculptor should have a variable-speed dremel tool--it will pay for itself over and over and over in terms of time saved working on armatures and finished sculptures--it really has dozens of uses.

    And a propane torch is not expensive at all.

    Good luck and have fun making your own tools--it's great to be able to make something from scratch that is the perfect tool for the job!
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    Moleman
    Your tool handles are looking great! Having the lathe does make the sanding go a little easier. If you have a drill large enough to chuck the 1/2 inch dowel, it would work just like my lathe. Also looks like your going for the double ended tools. I forgot to mention that I always dip my wooden handles in some PU after it's completely finished.

    Cool deal on the dental tools! I hope you get some good ones.

    Dan
    Were your ears burning? I can't tell you how much I appreciate your site and your tool tutorials. Thanks!
    My vice does have a little flat anvil on it, but I prefer this heavy steel heel or body dolly used for car body work. I found it at Harbor Freight.
    I had not intended on adding any wire pounding to this thread since you cover it so well in your tutorial.
    I do enjoy making my own tools almost as much as I enjoy sculpting.

    Ray
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    Thanks RS,
    I'll be posting my wire creations later today...I've knocked out four loop ends pretty quickly. You'll get to see how I did it.
    Also, you mentioned dipping your handles in, "PU." I'm assuming that means poly-urethane? I'm just trying to clear up any confusion someone looking on may come across.
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    lets vote to make this thread sticky!!!! Sticky please!!
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