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Birger Sandzen Landscape project #1: Birger Sandzen landscape carving and hydrostone casting ... Which is which?

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Blog entry by Dan'um Style posted 03-19-2010 06:06 AM 2255 reads 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey Guys … I bought a carving … or rather commissioned a piece with my buddy Tuanie. I gave him some Sanzden woodcut print photos and he carved me a mahogany tile master. It is a long story, but I got the carving delivered from Sri Lanka.

I sanded it to 1000 grit and finished it with my dye, stain, shellac and wax recipe that I used on my frames.
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I then bought some two part urethane concrete mold mix and made a rubber mold from the mahogany carving.
... with the rubber mold I reproduced the carving in hydrostone
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Which one is wood and which one is the hydrostone cast tile?
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left or right ?






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-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain



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TJCROSS

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#1 posted 03-19-2010 06:28 AM

Hey Dan- Only guessing but is the one on the right hydrostone? Ever use urethane resins? I know the hydrostone is alot cheaper. I use the urethane in my business all the time for castings. I have a few samples of some of the things I have done for various artist over the years. sculpturegraphics.com. Anyhow whichever one it is it looks really good! Should frame up very nicely.

-- www.theartsandcraftsstudio.com

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#2 posted 03-19-2010 06:41 AM

sorry dan ,
i can’t help you on this one ,

you are going to have to ,
figure this out ,

on your own !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 03-19-2010 06:45 AM

I’m guessing the one on the left is wood cause there are darker areas on it which leads me to believe the shellac and waxes have make it darker when the wood absorbed them. Other than that I would not be able to guess. Nice looking pieces!

Erwin

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 03-19-2010 06:53 AM

The one on the right is the original. There are noticeable differences, but what I think most is the color. It seems as though the Mahogany will take the color consistant and you can take off all the heavy out of the crevices and it will blend in with the rest. Whereas if you wipe it off of the cast then you see the tile itself, therefore forcing you to leave the color heavier in the details because you can’t blend it in. But again it’s somewhat of a guess. They look good. Can’t wait to see what happens to them next.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#5 posted 03-19-2010 03:13 PM

I was going with the left being the original carving.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#6 posted 03-19-2010 04:23 PM

I’m guessing the one on the right (unless it’s the one on the left) ;-) With me, you could tell me it’s the same one photographed twice and I’d believe you!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 03-19-2010 04:38 PM

Yup, I agree with Karson and kolwkwrkr.

-- Jim

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Dan'um Style

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#8 posted 03-19-2010 09:21 PM

well I’ve had 165 reads and only a few votes … need to get a few more votes before I spill the beans..
one thing I can say is they both look like wood, but one is wood and the other is hydrostone

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 03-20-2010 01:46 AM

I vote that the wood is on the left…i havent read the other responses so that my view is not tainted…but I am basing my decision on the coloring of the wood on the left is more similar to your other projects…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 03-20-2010 02:46 AM

the hydrostone casting was first painted with boot brown Krylon spray paint…. then followed with the dye and oil stain.Then a little shellac and satin spray lacquer.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 03-20-2010 06:41 AM

Hey TJ … Need to try that urethane resin sometime. I’d like a good source or brand to try.

The hydrostone was 32 bucks for a 100 lb bag …just add water,,, it is the hardest plaster. Plaster and Portland cement gypsum mix. sets up in hard enough in the mold , in about an hour, to plop out the green tile.
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the hydrostone tile is gluing in a frame in the basement… another hour or so and it is dry

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 03-21-2010 12:36 AM

Dan-
The urethane is alot more expensive than hydrostone. A one gallon kit which is about 16lbs will run $60 on up depending on maker. The positives though is that you can add fillers such as calcium carbonate, pecan powder(for a wood look) or metal powders for cold cast bronze etc. It is also very tough and you can demold a piece in just a few minutes if you get the fast cast resin. I’ve used it for 25 years so I have a liitle experience with it. A couple of sources are Silpak Inc. and Smooth On. The latter being more expensive. You neeed a rubber mold. You probably have a supplier in your area as well. If you want more info just shoot me an email.

Terry

-- www.theartsandcraftsstudio.com

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#13 posted 03-21-2010 02:58 AM

No one else is voting Dan. So don’t forget us who did vote.

The winner get the wood one in a frame right.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#14 posted 03-21-2010 03:03 AM

no prizes ,,, the one on the left is wood

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 03-21-2010 05:12 AM

WOOT!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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