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Bowana's Other Crafts
Bowana
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From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2008-06-15 9:46 pm   Permalink

Thanks, Johnny and GROG!

Johnny, the Chinese Mystery Clay is a waxy, hard clay a friend of mine got while in China.

As you can see, the label is entirely in Chinese, hence the moniker, "Mystery Clay". Babalu, who visits China often, had it translated for me. What I was hoping for was some sort of maker or brand name. What it says are things like "this clay very good for sculpting" "this clay need to be warmed up before use" ect, ect.. So no brand name or nuthin! The name of it remains a mystery, but at least I found out that it's very good clay for sculpting.

It's capable of excellent detail. Here's some of the work I've been able to do with it:


This is a portrait of the Maori chief Te Aho Te Rangi Wharepu. 7" from top of hat to bottom of base. This is a resin casting from the Mystery Clay sculpt.


Creature From The Black Lagoon, 2" tall.


3" Hula Dancer.

Thanks for looking!

Bowana



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Babalu
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From: Lemon Grove
Posted: 2008-06-15 10:31 pm   Permalink

Dang Sir B...you are one amazing feller! I don't think I've ever seen that bust before - look at those teeth! Is this new?

 
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Clarita
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Posted: 2008-06-17 11:19 am   Permalink

The bust is amazing really! and the new pendant too! what a sharp lil guy, love it!!
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Tikilizard
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Posted: 2008-06-17 3:58 pm   Permalink

Exceptional detail! Your attention to detail on such a small figure is amazing. Love the Creature From The Black Lagoon. I remember that movie, laughed throuth the whole thing. You haven't lived until you seen it in 3-D. Can't wait to see what your doing next. Any hints?
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seeksurf
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2008-06-17 9:41 pm   Permalink

Holly Crap! that's Great stuff Man incredible stuff. NICE WORK!

 
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benella
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Posted: 2008-06-18 12:47 am   Permalink






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Bowana
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From: La Mesa, CA
Posted: 2008-06-18 07:22 am   Permalink

Thanks for your visit everybody!

Sir Babalu, No, the Te Rangi bust is actually a few years old. I made him for a guy who runs a tattoo parlour. He sold a few on ebay, one was to a guy in NZ who was very excited to have one because Te Rangi was his great grandfather. How cool is that!

Gracias Clarita, mi buena amiga del sur!

Tikilizard, ah, but I have seen CFTBL in 3D! It was playing at a local theater when I was very young and impressionable. It was a 3D double feature along with "It Came From Outer Space" I still have my 3D "Deep Vision" glasses somewhere. Hints on what I'm doing next? Go to Barve-O-Bopia pg.16 for a clue!

Seeksurf and Benella, Thanks and merci, my friends!

Bowana



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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2008-06-18 6:30 pm   Permalink

Yes, I'm with Benella, Awesome Maori chief. I've seen him before a while back but am Just as Impressed seeing him this time too. Totally Unbelievable piece of work sir!

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Clysdalle
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From: Carlsbad, CA
Posted: 2008-06-23 3:11 pm   Permalink

man, I don't stop in for a while and I miss tons of cool stuff!!! Dave, killer work as always......the detail...just makes me want to toss my stuff in the chipper. Kick ass!
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Bowana
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Posted: 2008-06-28 8:53 pm   Permalink

Thanks Benz and Clysdalle!

Oh, where to begin... so much accomplished, but not finished.

Guitar update:
Whatever I said before about the most difficult part of this project, I take back.

The most difficult part was setting the frets. All 21 of them had to be straight and spaced apart correctly or it just wasn't going to look right. I used welding rod and set each one individually after much measuring and remeasuring.


Oh, did I say setting the frets was the most difficult part?

I meant to say that building the bridge saddles was the most difficult part. All three had to be identical to each other. Lots of drilling and tapping of threads and trying to find the right size hardware at the store.


Übertiki update:

I plopped some silicone on it and will cast some resin pendants from the mold this week. Yay!


New project: (as if I didn't have enough to do already)


Okay, here's what happened: I was cleaning up my shop one day and-hello, what's this?


It's a piece of AAC/Hebel that I had cut off from the side of this earlier project.




It looked too good to toss out, so I brought it to 4WD's Chop and carved a relief profile based on a pendant I had sculpted.


It's nearly done now. I'm planning on putting a frame around it and hanging it on the wall.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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tikithomas08
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Posted: 2008-06-28 9:14 pm   Permalink

the sculptures are aaammmaaazzingdood! and that moai is looking pretty radd too. is the guitar going to be a fully functioning electric? or is it more of an art peice?


and i cant wait to get me one of dem der Übertiki castings!

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Babalu
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Posted: 2008-06-30 06:43 am   Permalink

Sir B,

Is Thomas correct? Are you going to be able to play that little axe your a building there? Now talk about cool!


 
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Bowana
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Posted: 2008-06-30 07:04 am   Permalink

Thanks, Thomas and Sir Babs!

Nah, the guitar is not going to be functional. It will be no more than a pretty face that will get hung on the wall.

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Clarita
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From: BA Arg
Posted: 2008-07-02 10:26 am   Permalink

Oh the lil guitar is out of control, hm?! !
The pendant looks great, great!
and the new moai too!
Muy buen trabajo! Felicitaciones!
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2008-07-02 3:21 pm   Permalink

Hey Dav!
That axe is looking sweet!

The nine months it's going to take you to finish it just can't come quick enough!

If you are finding that it's taking too much time to make, then you could do what I'm doing for my custom line of "TikiCasters".
I order a bunch of these guys:

1/3 scale Fender Telecaster replicas

and then I just paint tiki stuff and pinstripes on them and resell them with a considerable markup. At $52 each, that's pretty cheap for raw materials.

I think you should make a Tiki hat next.

Buzzy Out!
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