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    sweetness thanks for the info, keep it coming just went out to get some more brass tubing; working on a couple custom tools now as well! thanks again!


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    Wow... it made it sticky. I feel as if I've become somehow immortalized.

    Anyway, I stopped by the Dentist's office today to pickup whatever they had for me, and they gave me five tools, free of charge!!!

    Pretty good find. Check around your area too. I'm thinking I may call a few more and see what they got.
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    I'm jealous! I like that gold handled one! Is it flexible or rigid?

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    The smaller end (right side of the pic) is rigid, but the other, wider end is rather flexible.
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    I made a couple tools today.
    I do a lot of stuff on impulse so I just kind of decided I'd make em at 3 in the morning... I didnt have dowels or nice stuff like that lol
    so here's how I did it..
    economical.. effective. good enough for me =)

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    I just got a brilliant Idea..

    I didnt wanna find my camera..
    so I scanned the tools themselves =)

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    You can make reallly fine wire loops by buying a stiff wire brush (the kind with steel bristles). Take a pair of pliers and pull one of the bundles of bristles out of its socket. I then shape a loop with a single bristle and mount it in a brass tube usng a crimper as shown above.
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    Way to go Twitch and Dan!!!

    That's the kind of critical and resourceful thinking of a creative artistic mind that I like to see!

    Per Dan's website, I was eying some old toothbrushes I have here in the studio......................they could make great handle material.

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    I have a question!!!

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    what is the use of the tool that's just a straight needle.. and the one shaped like a hook. they seem to me like they would be really harsh on your sculpture. especially the hook one.
    so yea =)
    answer my question?

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    I know the needle one could be used to put details onto the model. Meaning, you can make a little piece of clay to be a tongue, and insert it in the tiny mouth of a character using the needle point. It lets you into the tiny places your fingers can't go. Or, you can poke tiny holes in things to give texture to them.

    The hook one I'm not positive about, but could be used for the same thing, just allowing you into areas a straight one can't. I'll wait to see what RS has to say about it.
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    Twitch

    Both the straight and curved needle tool have so many useís that I could not possibly list them all. Fine detail work, texturing of all kinds, wrinkles.......etc,.

    Remember this.................your assuming that the needle point is the only working aspect of this tool and that it would be used straight on! You never have to employ any tool in a preconceived manner! Look at it and visualize itís possibilities!

    When I made these tools I was searching for an easy way to create fur or hair texture. I paint as well as sculpt. When I paint fur, I use fine pointy brushes and apply each hair stroke one at a time. I needed a sculpting tool that would allow me to do this in clay.

    A 1 Here are the tools in question with a clump of SS Firm.

    Hair or fur if done properly, starts wide and tapers to a point!

    A 2 If you lay the straight needle tool perpendicular to the clay and drag it backwards and up, you get a nice tapered trough. Combine this with several more troughs of varying lengths and directions, and you get something resembling hair or fur. This process can go VERY fast!

    A 3 When the angle is not right for the straight needle tool, use the curved one! Again, dragging the tip backwards and up. I probably use the curved tool way more than the straight. Itís angle to the clay is much more anatomical for my hand position while sculpting. Once you have your fur texture the way you want it, drag out the turpenoid and clean it up!

    A 4 Here is an Owl face I was commissioned to do that was to be many resin cast and painted Owl broaches for some Owl activists. The feather texture was created using the needle tools.

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    Okay, so I saw something in the sketchbook threads about attaching images to posts for archiving purposes. So, I went through and attached pics to my posts, but it makes it look really chaotic. Do you all have a preference on how they're displayed? What are the advantages to attaching vs. using img tags if you have your pics hosted on imageshack or something? Should I change it back?
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    I learned from experience on another forum. That's why I have been managing my attachments through this site from the beginning. It does look chaotic and unorganized. The reader has to to read instructional information from above the photos and by alphanumeric photo reference.

    Here's my explanation as to why it's safer to do it this way. By allowing this site to host the image it will never be lost. Not all, but most off site or online image hosting (especially free) has never been trustworthy. They are poorly managed and rarely backed up. They have a tendency to shut down altogether without transferring images to another site or suffer server failure resulting in lost imagery. This method is risky for valuable threads that rely heavily on images.

    Some forums offer two ways to post images. One is like the file manager we have here. The other is a forum based image uploader that gives you a URL that you can use to tag images to your post like you have been doing. The difference being that the forum acts as the image host and images are archived. I prefer this method but this is not an option here.

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    Thanks Ray,
    I'm going back and changing each step of the tutorial into seperate posts, so the images are with the text. Hopefully that'll be the safest and most appealing. So they may disappear for a while. Be patient, I'll have them back up shortly.

    Any advice yet on how to apply the polyurethane to cyclinders?
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    Alright, so here's what I got so far for my tools. I'll explain the process a bit too as I go. To start, here are my supplies for getting to where I am now: pen, ruler, dowel rod (whatever width feels comfortable to hold. I used a 1/2" rod, 36" in length), Dremel tool with cutting blade and sanding bit, and 220 and 320 grit sand paper.

    It goes without saying, but do be careful when playing around with these things...I don't think a Dremel would make you lose a finger with just the cutting wheel, but it could rip off a nail or something.

    The first thing I did was mark out six inch increments onto the dowel rod. (A)

    Then I used the Dremel tool to cut them at the mark as best I could. The actual blade was too small to cut through cleanly, so I had to make several cuts. It was kind of ugly, but we'll be sanding down the ends inevitably, so it doesn't matter. This left me with six, 6" rods as the base for the tool. (B)

    *Edit...I found a better way to cut the dowels. If you roll the dowel rod while keeping the dremmel relatively stationary, you can make even, concentric cuts into the dowel. Eventually, you can just snap the remaining bit of wood and then sand off that middle bit. Makes for much cleaner ends if you need a flat end for something.
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