Savin’ Copper Pieces #1

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Been getting a few pokes the past week or so asking when I’m going to do some walk thrus on these projects I mentioned a while back. Well — life’s been busy. I’m desperately trying to catch up on Knights of the Dinner Table and knock two issues out before Origins in three weeks.

Next week I’ll be at the Palladium Open House in Michigan as a guest with my wife, Barbara. (very much looking forward to that).

Anyway, yeah — Haven’t had a LOT of time to sculpt except for some small cargo/good pieces where and there during breaks. I managed to do these on Sunday…

 

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A wooden chest, a woven basket and an ale cask. Oh and a little amphora in the foreground.

 

I’m really just practicing using Green Stuff as a sculpting medium. It’s very different than working with Sculpy. Both have their advtanges and disadvantages but I’m really enjoying the mean green.

Since I don’t have many WIP pics today I thought I’d touch on something I’ve been meaning to cover for a while. Some tips for the terrain builder when it comes to saving a few copper pieces on supplies/tools. Like anyone who throws themselves into a new hobby I’m constantly finding ways to save money or make my work easier. Here are just a couple.

Here’s an easy idea for making your own paint pallet/mixing matt. Whenever I cast my silicone molds it seems there’s always a little waste. That last bit that stubbornly refuses to be scraped out of the mixing pot, those little bits that miss the mold and end up table top, etc.

I simply let the material settle in the bottom of the pot and cure. After several mixes/pours it slowly builds up to sheets an 1/8th of an inch to a 1/4 inch thick. That’s when I pull it out and repurpose the material as a pallet/mixing matt.  I four scattered around the shop.

They repell water and help the ain’t to retain moisture and stay wet for a long time. Superglue won’t stick to it – so I ‘ll put a little drop of super glue it to dip from with a tooth pick when working on small projects. Best of all, the plastic measuring pots I mix my silicone in has these little lines and three dimples on the bottom — when reversed on the silicone mold they turn into depressions that hold/separate water and paint them mixing. Pretty cool.

Every few projects I simply pick up the pallets, stretch them a bit and all the paint drops off and into the waste basket. Pretty cool for something what is essentially waste material.

 

 

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Another trick I’ve been using for years — using paper leave bags as drop matts for my work bench.  Not that’s it’s all that clever, but enough people have commented on it when they see what I’m doing that I mention it here.

Leaf bags are under a buck a piece. I unfold them and put them over my bench when casting or making resin. And I use them  to paint over over as well to dry my brush when dry brushing. And when they’ve served their purpose? I use them as leaf bags again. Or use them as shop trash bins in which case they end up going in a dumpster when full.

One caveat: If you’re bags end up have a lot of cured resin on them, paint, etc you MAY not want to put them out for pick up with your yard waste. I’m guessing the folks who dispose/process such waste would prefer not to have such materials in the mix.

Anyway leaf bags have been life saver here. Especially when painting up a LOT of pieces in assembly line fashion (which can get very sloppy). 😉

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Okay that’s it. Nothing earth shattering but hopefully the above will help a few of you on your own projects.

 

Game on!!

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