Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hammer Rack

I'm fixing my workshop space to be more efficient. One of the problems are that I have to many hammers lying about. I made a hammer rack to house them all.

The material
Welded together. The gap was to big and some hammers fell through.
A second bar stopped that.
Sprayed and ready to be mounted
And we are done

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lace hook punch

I got a bag of lacehooks from a dealer, who sold them for almost nothing because he did not have the punch to crimp them. These punches goes for thousands of rand so not a lot of people have them. I decided to make a set of punches and anvil plate to achieve the same result as the official punch. to be clear, the official punch is a one shot deal, you put the hook in, leather over that press down and the hook is punched.
Here is mine:
The lace hook

The punches and anvil. The anvil is a piece of angle iron with a slot grind into it.

First punch, flare the back open

Second punch, wrap it around

And we are done

HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy)

I saw a video of the three + years of a man on HRT physically turn into a woman. There is a moment in the process where you can not tell if the photo is of a man or woman. I sought to capture that moment with this sculpture.


Basic sculpt

Adding some freaky eyes

Adding ears, hairline and an open mouth smile

Eyes, eyebrow and base. I worked quite hard on getting the nose skew

Second iteration of the hair

Closed the mouth
 The final cement casting got adorned with metal beard, earring and bra-strap

Monday, September 1, 2014

Worldwide Artist Blog Hop and four questions

This post is thanks to my my lovely wife Liezl.
Liezl is a collector of skills who down plays her own talents more than anybody I know. Her skill set includes, but is not limited to:
Mosaics, decoupage, quilting, painting(oil, water and acrylic), sketching, cloth painting, lino cutting, etching, bookbinding, writing, calligraphy, photography, crocheting and needle working (and these are only the ones I can think of now.)
The thing I love about her is that she has a passion for people with passion. Find your passion and live it!

Question 1. Why do I do what I do?

The biggest motivator is to see if I can. I'm constantly amazed that I can attempt and achieve the the things I do. I firmly believe that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to. This has now caused me to attempt all skills.
As a creative, I am blessed that I do not do this for a living. This means I do not have client imposed deadlines to drive me, but it also gives me the freedom to try new skills at a whim.
Unfortunately being able to do anything you set your mind to opens up a new problem; There is not enough time! Currently I try to squeeze as much in as I can.
I will die one day, and then I want to have learned as much as one man could.

One day I will die,
and then I want to have learned
as much as one could

Question 2. How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

I do not aim to be different, merely to make.  What makes me different is that I try to do everything, and to be as good as I can at the required skill.

Question 3. How does my creative process work?

  1. Get an idea of what to make
  2. Let the idea stew. (play around with different mediums, concepts of the idea until only one clear solution presents itself )
  3. (This is part of the stewing process) Research the idea and the techniques needed.
  4. Work out the process needed to achieve the end goal.
  5. Build it.
  6. Know that the first attempt at a new skill will fail, so park that Idea and do it again. Each one will be better than the last.

Know this: All skills are one. Every skill you learn overlap with skills you already possess. There is no real difference between needle work, metal work and woodwork. It is just different materials with different ways of attaching them to each other!

Question 4. What am I working on now?

I am busy making the second pair of boots for my uncle. The first was a great success, but after a wearing them for a bit some tweaks where needed, so we are going at it again with the changes.