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  Method to the Madness

Every "new" creation is a result of any number of influences & factors coming together for one fleeting moment in a person's head. Now, I don't know about you, but I seem to get dozens of these moments a day and am hard put to get 'em scribbled down before they're off on their merry way back into the ether. A sketchbook is VERY handy for the compulsively creative, but can be cumbersome, so diner napkins, the backs of electric bills, business cards and the occasional blank margins of a purloined Watchtower tend to suffice. Just like in that song by the Artsluts about the 10 Steps to Becoming an Artist (just after "buy a beret") I write down EVERYTHING I see & hear that can be construed as funny or inspiring to be carted back to my lair for condensing & transmogrifying later.

I admit it: I'm a media sponge. I read ANYTHING, from Time to Discover to National Geographic to Blue Blood to Architectural Journal. My head is swimming with the works of such writers as Heinlein, Ellison, Cherryh, Howard, Burroughs, Lovecraft and, you guessed it, Tolkien.

The shelves next to my drawing desk are stuffed with art books from the likes of Breugal, Frazetta, Whelan, Rembrandt & Kaluta, as well as graphic novel works like the Sandman & The Adventures of Guiseppe Bergman. Ron Cobb, Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema, Maxfield Parrish and Michelangelo are my heroes. Mad Magazine & Heavy Metal were my guides through a land of teenage angst. On any given day, you can hear Aaron Copeland, White Zombie, Tori Amos or Squirrel Nut Zippers wafting out of my shoppe stereo at some dizzying volume. The list of movies I have seen & studied beggars description, for which I can partly thank 4 years of Film School.

I pour over the local newspapers, wander around museums, gaze transfixed at the History Channel & PBS & (Crom help me) even the WB.

For me, an evening at Barnes & Noble followed by a sub-titled foreign film is a hot date. Look, you get the picture I'm trying to scrawl here; No artist can create in a vacuum (with the possible exception of Jeff Koons if you call what he does "creating") and inspiration can ride on the shoulders of some pretty strange muses.

Take a walk through our virtual tour, which goes through the process by which we make all of our goodies, doodads, and knicknacks. It's even got some neat-o pictures!



Sculpture

Back when Carter was still the Prez and you could still hear the Captain & Tenille on the radio, I started sculpting figurines & grotesque little heads in a plastilene called Caran D'ashe at the... [more]


Mold Making

Sometimes I think I make the fattest molds on earth, but they do the job, so... I use a Room Temperature Vulcanizing (RTV) two-part latex rubber from Visolox for all my molds (partly for its minty... [more]


Wax Prep

Wax Prep - The very first step in metal casting. A special wax is melted and injected into the RTV mold using the very high-tech Turkey Baster tool (I swear, the people at the supermarket must thing I run a... [more]


Treeing

Treeing - The critical part of gravity-poured bronze casting; a badly tree-ed collection of wax models will not only cast badly, thereby wasting a lot of time and money in materials, it will induce me to... [more]


Investment

The process of encasing the finished wax tree in a high-silica casting plaster that becomes the mold medium when cured. Investment is pretty much like Plaster of Paris, just infinitely worse to breathe when... [more]


Burn Out & Casting

Once the plaster has set up, I try to let the "tank" air cure for several hours before placing it in the burn-out kiln, to allow some more of the water content to exit the casing. Then, on goes the kiln... [more]


Knock-out & Cut-off

Once the tank has cooled enough, it's just a matter of carefully whacking the iron casing enough to loosen and break up the plaster investment.

Once free, I normally take the now metal tree... [more]


Chasing

The gates & vents have to be ground off and the surface details have to be ground back in. For this, we use the Large Table Grinder to remove most of the gates & vents and the Dremel or the Fordham... [more]


Buffing, Fitting, & Turning

Buffing - Ahh, the wondrous Buffing Wheel (otherwise known as the "Wheel of Misfortune," because it gets pieces hotter than any other machine in the Shoppe aside from the furnace or brazing... [more]


Testing

The reason my neighbors don't let their children visit very often. After a piece is finished, my staff (such as it is...) and I will take it outside & run some simple katas and stress tests to make sure... [more]



    



   
 
     
 
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