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Project by Dan'um Style posted 12-20-2007 04:25 AM 3236 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this carving today. It was in my bookcase, under some cd’s. Been looking for it for years.

Carving is inspired by Ernest Batchelder artwork. Very similar landscape, but my own version. Made this one several years ago using a ” Harbor Frieght ” air-pencil.

I used this carving to make a plaster mold, which is used to make clay tiles.

Photo one is the carving.
Photo two is a detail of the carving and a detail of a glazed tile, which shows the amount of wear on the plaster mold. It is the most recent tile pressed from the mold. Probably around tile 40.
Photo three is one of my original clay tiles also cast from the same mold. It is included to contrast the amount of detail lost in the plaster after it is used for awhile. Many times the tiles get better, the more the plaster mold is used, and most of the time it takes a few tiles to get the best look for the clay tile.

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





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#1 posted 12-20-2007 04:30 AM

Dan, these are very interesting. What size are the tiles?

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 12-20-2007 04:32 AM

Tom
This one is about 4×7 inches.
Regards
DAN

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

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#3 posted 12-20-2007 04:54 AM

you are a true artiste…

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#4 posted 12-20-2007 05:00 AM

Great stuff as always Dan. (Though your icon is giving me a headache ;-)

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 12-20-2007 05:26 AM

I like this one a great deal, Dan. Very nice balance to the whole composition.

Is that a magic dragon egg under the tree…? ;-)

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#6 posted 12-20-2007 05:35 AM

Chip
I’m having too much fun with my avatar icon … can’t control it >grin<

Jeff
The egg is a rock … he heh eh he … it looks better today on the tile, then it did in the original

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

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#7 posted 12-20-2007 06:24 AM

Dan is the mold also clay and it then erodes as it is being used.

Great job. An eureka moment when you found the master. And who would have put it under the cd’s so it wouldn’t float away.

-- 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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#8 posted 12-20-2007 01:32 PM

Good job.

-- Jiri

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#9 posted 12-20-2007 02:05 PM

Nice job! I can barely carve a turkey

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#10 posted 12-20-2007 04:04 PM

Another great job, Dan!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 12-20-2007 10:55 PM

As usual Dan – Outstanding. Sure wish I could carve.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#12 posted 12-20-2007 11:17 PM

This is great. Sometimes I feel like my talent lacks the real artistry you show here.

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#13 posted 12-21-2007 01:34 AM

Nice work Dan!

Lee

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#14 posted 03-05-2008 05:50 AM

Karson

I make the mold from plaster of paris. The carving is screwed to plywood and a frame is built around it to contain the plaster. Liquid latex is painted on the carving to act as a release agent. When the plaster sets up, I pry the carving out of the mold. After about two weeks when the mold is bone dry, clay is pressed into the cavity. After a couple hours the clay drys a bit, shrinks and comes out of the plaster. Clay is dryed for a week or so and then fired.

The clay used really has an effect on the mold. Grit in the clay, over time, abrades the plaster, eventually smoothing out the detail like sandpaper. Plaster molds eventually wear out.

Regards

DAN

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

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#15 posted 04-21-2008 04:38 AM

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finished this weekend

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

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