Saturday, December 6, 2014

Shh, Here Come Tha...

After searching through over 2,000 pictures for several days, I must now face it. I have made and allowed 2 sets of my favorite wooden Teefes to get away and I've only got about 6 pictures (some blurry) to show. Now lest you get the wrong idea, the Toothy Fairy trap (a modified re-purposed mouse trap) has had it's spring cut. The little green bungee was once a hair tie. Now it's a safety spring.
It sounds fun to catch a Tooth Fairy, but there's nothing funny about a Tooth Fairy with a broken leg.

 When I started drawing cartoons about Teefes (tea-fez) I soon realized that the highly realistic looking ones weren't near as much fun as the pen and ink onna-block-looking ones. Instead of paint again I stuck with woodburned decorations, and found the more I made the better I liked em.

At first I was still stuck on the idea of making whole sets of wooden teeth. I continued to brush up on tooth anatomy, not a bad idea just an unfinished one. It turns out, teeth are weird, un glamorous, and to put a fine point on it, a little creepy. Bummer! Did I mention unbalanced? Most teeth don't want to stand up. I had run into this before, only much bigger when my lack of insurance and spotty tooth maintenance led me to build a tile crowned, 450 lb molar called LR3 (lower right 3rd from the rear). It definitely cheered me up while I slowly got mine fixed.

 While studying tooth structure in preperation for LR3 I noticed some teeth had really nice features. Significantly more interesting than most. Character, beauty marks, significant modeling, some teeth (from here on refereed to as Teefes, I believe that's how they would refer to each other) just seem more tooth-like "Archa-Teefes". Instead of trying to produce realistic looking Teefes, I attempted to come up with the features that were toothy ( yeah sounds lame to me too). It didn't make much sense but even before I'd made my first dozen I was already thinking about my first hundred.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Hairy Hendecahedra Project (post two)

If excelsior was as ridiculously cheap and available as it once was, I wouldn't have resorted to such an odd method to try an stabilize my Corex (like cardboard, but plastic) and clear plastic tape mold. This isn't the first time I've tried pouring concrete into a Corex mold.

 The stained dodecaocta compound chilling on the deck with various other old experiments.

Didn't turn out near as crisp as the mold. I was unprepared for the weight of the concrete squishing my mold. Even though I had it sitting in a pile of sand, it still warped some. When I took a big, old rasp and tried to square it up while it was still green, (not totally cured), it was working great and pointing up nicely till I hit the Chert rocks I used to extend my scrap grout (I'd brought home the left overs from work). Then I just had to say, "I meant to do that", and like it a little crooked.

 This time I was a little more hard headed, and employed more heroic methods than a pile of sand. I thought, there's other ways to stabilize a mold. I wanted to try the dry pack, barely damp sand with just a little Portland-cement. this would work great, except it a mess, sand is heavy, yo have to break it up to get the piece out each time... Our deck is small, one fair mess fills it all. I thought what about the vacuum-clothes packing thingy. I considered a lot of stuff to harden with the vac, and settled on rabbit bedding because its cheap and smells good, and is't easy to clean up.

   As long as the vacuum is running, this worked good, sorta. Concrete dries slow, even with hot water. The plastic bag had pleats that didn't lay down, Oh yeah rubber gloves my hands were so rough from the lime in the concrete they felt furry for a week. I pulled the mold the next day, it still wasn't hard hard. I saved the spout stuff to fill with and tried ti point it up. Not so great.

even after a lot of messy tweaking it was a bit saggy not too precise and starting to get squishy (a technical term) enough I knew to let it dry. no way there's allot of these coming this way. It probably woulda worked for plaster, but I wanted furry concrete not plaster. At least I didn't burn up the vacuum cleaner, this time. I gotta say when the vac was running the shavings were very firm, but I doubt I'll try this again.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Two Flattened Spoons

The blocks have been more than fun. I am charged,
 inspired, like totally excited. Oh yeah, and embarrassed like I forgot my cousins name. Well how about another book then. It's not like I forgot you lot. Scratch (another of my digital Batcaves) that, just cause most everybody who's doing it seems to be 8 or nine, doesn't mean coding's easy as an abacus. Like you can multiply with beads on sticks, well they do make that lovely clacking sound.

Show of hands, who knows what happens to scratched, flattened, bent, stained old spoons?

 Oddly enough, I'm not sure what happened to the two flattened spoons that started me down this trail. I found them beside the highway, and put them in my pocket. They were all scratches, and flat enough to start new jobs, but as what?

What if they come back?

I liked making the story, I wanted to see the "flatware" do well.

Really The props were my favorite part and even though I had other pages I didn't love this enough to keep tweaking it. Maybe later. I wanted blocks to play with, and dream about. If I had to choose books or blocks, I needed some new blocks. Oh yeah weird new blocks, the sooner, the stranger, the better.

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Hairy Hendecahedra Project (post one)

Moss grows surprisingly well on our deck. Even with no dirt or any sort of encouragement, except proximity. The moss on this lavender filled teacup got this big before I even noticed it. I love unusual shapes especially crystally looking ones. While surfing a polyhedra site list, I found an 11 sided one at, their excellent peel for a sphenoid hendecahedron. I still have no idea how to cut a block of one but they looked like fun. So I made a model, tiny. I had no intention of trying to make enough of them to do anything cool, just a vane wish. I made it outta clear plastic and Scotch tape with Sharpied edges to remind me.

Of the five space filling polyhedra on the page with the Sphenoid Hendecahedra (by Guy Inchbald), it was by far the coolest. 6 nested in a floret, wedge edge in, form 1 layer of a solid column. Flip the next layer upside down, rinse and repeat. Butted against each other, these columns also nest solidly (duh, space filling). After a couple of months of not very inspired coding, don't see Flatware County Diet on (so far pieces still won't follow the trails on the game board). I really wanted to see something outrageous work. As it turned out, this wasn't it, but I made some interesting mistakes.