Waxworks

A couple of progress shots of the latest projects I’m working on…pink wax tubes and blobs. The wax comes in 4″x4″ sheets that I’m trying to thin down using a ceramic sculpting tool and eucalyptus oil. You can see in the image below the marks left by the tool on some of the tubes and to the left, what’s been removed from the sheet surface; curly flakes that may become a project themselves some day. And the blobs, I’m loving the blobs, a couple of which have been poked with a sewing pin as you can see.  I’ve rubbed each piece in the palm of my hand with the oil which softens and thins the sheet into these subtle curved bits. It’s a soothing process and the room smells of lovely fresh eucalyptus for a change, instead of toxic, smoking wax. Stay tuned.

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Patience

Adults are fond of pointing out to children that ‘patience is a virtue’. They usually utter these words while raising an index finger in the air because they’re not quite ready or willing to do something that their child has asked them to do. It’s as if they think those 4 words will somehow instill the ability to wait in that young mind. My mother must’ve told me to be patient on a few occasions but I know I never learned how to be so.

I had to wait 4 days for my last casting to be done and each day I quietly cursed my casting guy a little more. I imagined him sitting at an imaginary pool somewhere, holding up an icy cold drink and smirking ‘no, your casting’s aren’t done yet, because I’m busy with all this here’. When he called yesterday to tell me they were ready, I dropped what I was doing (preparing for a dinner party for 8 last night), jumped in my car and picked them up. I couldn’t get to them until today though after spending the morning cleaning up the last of the dishes from the party. Here’s the first few items, sawn away from the sprue trees, pickled, filed and brushed to reveal the silver underneath. Patience.  Edit : Something got fecked up with the image I used to have here so instead I’m inserting a pic of my latest wax pieces that I’m once again picking up in a couple days, because…patience is a virtue.

 

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I’ve been busy

I started this blog years ago and left it hanging in the middle of cyberspace where I imagine it was floating cold and alone amongst billions of other neglected blogs. Today I’ll try to brush off the cobwebs and share some of the things I’ve been busy with, like sketching and making. I’ll be sharing progress shots of some of my work and profiling other makers, some well known and others less so. Stay tuned.