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4 hours ago, ThomasPowers said:

Bespoke for El Kabong?

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: I haven't thought of Queeks Draw Mcgraw in decades!  :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Thanks for the morning laugh!

Frosty The Lucky.

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I'm surprised that the Hard Rock Cafes haven't been beating your door down. Of course I have been thinking of some Dice Twist items for the local Casinos...

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Jennifer, you may not have designed the commission but you brought it to life, so praise well deserved. 

I'm only finally starting to get out there. Don't have much of a name out there yet. It'll be a slow go with limited time and not being savvy with all the social media stuff. 

Thanks Irondragon. Iwas never great musically. Ok enough to play my own riffs in a band for a little bit. 

Thomas, If they saw it, who knows. 

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Das, that looks great. I'm sure once you start getting your name out there people will be lining up for your work.

BillyBones, nice work on the beanpoles, I'm going to have to steal that idea for the garden.

I had a scrap end off of a 1/2 inch square bar so I tried an octopus. Broke one of the legs off while bending them:(. Learned alot of what to do, and alot of what not to do.

 

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Great Idea shabumi. Nicely done even for losing a tentacle. Thats a great use for ends. 

Could also try a squid like that. 

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Thanks everyone. It was about 5 inches when I started. I cut a # from one end half way through with a hacksaw to get 9 legs, broke the middle one off to get 8. Somethings I would've done different is I'd shape the head before I cut the legs. It didn't work trying to upset it without being able to get a solid hit. I'd also hot cut the middle leg to get kind of a beak. And I won't work the legs so cold that they break.

A squid is a great idea, there's plenty of material to peen into a mantle. I thought it would make a good spider too

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Keep playing with the ideas. Its inspirational for sure. 

 

Finally finished a stinkbug I started atleast 2 years ago. For size refference the back is a spade shovel head. Still needs clearcoated which will darken it up a bit.

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Daswulf, that's one of my favorites from you so far. Nice work! 

 

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Haha, glad you like it. Personally, I dispise stinkbugs. I dont know if it's that they are interdimentional beings, and just appear places, or the smell if you annoy them, like they didn't annoy me first... :angry:

 

They are crazy and impressive to watch. I do swear, they are interdimentional tho. The just appear. 

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haha truthfully, I didn't know what they were called until you mentioned it. They remind me too much of ticks- therefor falls into the "things I hate" category. 

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Yep, stink bugs are aptly named . Horrible things. Das, your sculpture looks real and  has perfect proportions. Even the underside is a true representation.  Love it.

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Aus, I know these things well. We battle it out every fall when they try to invade my house and throughout the winter they pester me In my house. They have slowly been lesser and lesser since they invaded in large numbers years ago. 

Before these, the only ones I saw were few and far between in gardens, and they were green ones.

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That's another excellent sculpture Das!  The pics don't show the scale very well, I never would've guessed it's made from a spade. Perfect garden art, it clicks on two fronts. I haven't smelled a stink bug since moving to Alaska but I remember the smelly things AND I've spent enough time with a shovel or spade in my hands to have my fill of that action too. 

I suppose you've already thought of it but it'd be really easy to hide a motion sensor and aerosol can of smellyness in it. Yes?

The possibilities are just too tempting. Thank you I might have to kill an old spade! :)

Frosty The Lucky.

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Woof, I have been a staunch fan of your work, but frankly, this one just STINKS!:rolleyes:

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Haha, Frosty, yes, Elizabeth was in the shop with me and we made mention of the idea. 

I've got a load of spade shovel heads. Guess it's cheaper to buy a new one than to rehandle them. 

Lol Robert. I agree.

 

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Actually, another triumph. The Mrs. and I zoomed in and pored over the details. Snaazzyy....

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Thank you Robert.

I had actually forgotten that a friend of mine at work had wanted this when I finished it. He wants to mount it on the wall so I'll be drilling countersunk screw holes in the feet. 

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Speaking of fantastic work, Trimontosaurus Wrench has weathered well but in need of a reseal. I want to keep the rust, as it compliments the piece. Warm BLO?

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He's getting a nice color to him. :) yes BLO would work. It will probably darken up a bit. 

He hasn't bit the mail delivery person yet has he? 

I'm Still trying to find a clearcoat that holds up well outside. My next attempt will be flattened automotive clearcoat because of the UV resistance. 

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Nice work Charles. Had this electrical box hanging out that had "what I saw to be" a face to it. Figured out a body and a spring to the neck, and I have a bobblehead.

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