Wednesday, 21 June 2017

My Latest Read by BB


I read the entire book in one day.

Although not my war it invoked memories that are always there. BB





A grunts war told in parts as it was for him and them. By a Commander who saw a need and filled that gap with a wide eyed open respect for most of his men he served with.Who realised all their daily up-hill battles way before the reality of combat began. If all could survive Captain Sobel, including himself and all his fellow Officers then they could endure the worst of what was to come unexpectedly harsh their way. Such hate for Sobel, oddly helped bound this band of brothers together, for against his insane orders they helped each other when there was such a great need.It came at a price,and all suffered because of it. One and all to a man.

As they and thousands like them took that first step out into the unknown on D. Day into that dark abyss of sky, few questioned the why of it all? They were ready to fight for their country, themselves and each other, and for the Freedoms the many of us have today. What a bitter price many would pay for the liberty of others alive then under such a tyranny!______ And above all for those of us that were bound to come in the future.I also of course include Germany and its people of today in that statement.

I was born in February on the second day of that post war period of 1949. My Brother Ronald came into being in 1945,just before that war ended. My Mother Grace Liddy,being of Gypsy stock would have never survived such a Nazi system if it had landed upon the shores of Great Britain.

Therefore i along with my Brother Ron would have never existed. A sobering thought. BB

Saturday, 20 May 2017

THE T.A.R.D.I.S ARRIVES

TARDIS

Time and Relative Dimensions in Space


                                        

                                           The 2005 DOCTOR WHO  GAME

                                                 It contained 6 Imperial Daleks

                                                  It also contained a good sized TARDIS

                                               It is now in my ever expanding collection

                    This much larger Police Box,will look much better in future photo shoots.


Although having many hundreds of  differing types painted it is the vast legion of Imperial Daleks that are for me the Prize! This is due to the extra detail above their gun mounts.                                                                                                                                                   


I managed to obtain three extra packs of six Imperial Daleks,because below and behold FRED, was once an Imperial Dalek himself, and arrived unpainted.  He stands above with yellow lights. I am not interested in the actual game it was bought to obtain the Prizes!




                                                              Norwich  City 1940






THE DALEKS & THE BOMB, appeared on Benno`s Figure Forum on 14th November 2014.
Things have certainly moved on since that time.

                                                                               BB



Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Ancient Corinthian Columns _________A Fantasy Project by BB



It was over three years ago that I began to reason out how to make the  silicon rubber moulds cheap as chips, and then produce ancient ruined Columns for future projects. And so it was that a few patterns were obtained and were in fact plastic Wedding Cake Pillars, and I had limited success with them, along with lots of fun. However I wanted better patterns for my abstract work. I  am pleased to say I now have them. They too are Wedding Cake Pillars made of plastic and they stand both five and seven inches in height.                                                                                         

Some Ornate Ancient Columns




Using reusable modelling compound I made a make shift mould of the top and bottom section of a Corinthian  Column. Very similar to those seen above. I was lucky enough to have found retro  plastic columns from the early 1960`s on E Bay U S A, which are hard to find these days.


 The top  Sample determined the correct angle the pattern needs to be in before ramming it up in the moulding box.




These tiny air bubbles mean I`ll have to lift the mould up between two boards, after casting up and then roll and shake it, so the trapped air will move away from the sides where the design is trapping it. Then vibrate it by hand on my toughened glass table top,by thumping the glass.




Both casting are looking on the rough side, but they have shown me what needs doing in both preparation and casting up.   So making the real moulds can proceed later, and then the Patterns can be viewed fully in that process.  



                                                                 UPDATE

                                                              PATTERNS


               Bought from E Bay USA from Coolbreeze65 the 5 inch Patterns perfect for my needs.
                         
                            A 7 inch Mould will also be made in the next few days time allowing.


                                               So Now The Real Work Begins


                                       The open ended Silicone Mould made in a LEGO BOX!


                                           THE TOTAL  COST £5.50 UK STERLING





                                                            Clay Flat Patterns



                                                         The Pattern Removed
                                                                        &
                                     The Open Mould a Success! Now it needs casting up.               


                                                   Fully Cast Up and Opened Up

                             
                                    ADDED  SHADOW TO SHOW CAPITAL DETAIL         


                                    The first casting cleanly popped out easily onto the Bubble Wrap.


There are a few tiny air holes , so I will have to work at countering this.
     Although I am creating  ancient ruins for my own fantasy story`s, so the odd hole is acceptable.



                        The flat Castings can be angled cut to form four sided Capitals!


                  Steps and stone flooring will be added to create an Ancient Temple.
      

                                                               UPDATE

                     Making The Odd Side for the 7 inch Corinthian Column.

                                There`s no need for messy expensive clay.


The LEGO BOX, was formed on a LEGO BOARD, and the Pattern was put into place to its halfway mark. Then  Plaster of Paris was poured in until it reached the top of the brick. This is how I make a good rough and tumble Odd Side.


I never seem to throw anything away that might be of use one day, and so it was these obsolete paint tubes came into use, because the caps make fantastic guidance holes. These were pushed into the wet plaster after the box was filled and they were soon held in place because the mixture heats up and goes hard.



I had to put a wedge in place at one end of the box in order for the box to fit tight against the Column to be moulded in rubber, and the Pattern was positioned in a diamond shaped formation. This will make it possible to get a good clear solid lift off the Ornate Capital.


The empty paint bottles were removed and the holes that will help form the moulds guidance pins are in plane view.


The walls of the LEGO BOX, can now be built up to the required depth of the first half of the mould.
After cooking oil has been brushed on as a parting agent, then the box will be ready to be filled up with the silicone rubber mix.
10 minutes after pouring the plaster Odd Side, was hard. So this is a very quick method indeed, requiring no messy clay to bed the Pattern in. It is the preparation that takes up the most time.

              Thank you kindly for your visit, and feel free to comment if you wish. BB


Looking as always to ancient ruins left from the days of antiquity is always inspiring,and one can buy kits of Roman Temples now, but there really is no choice and what is on offer runs into several hundred pounds UK Stirling. Anyway as long as I care to remember I have always made my own stuff,and to me it is part of playing. I take this from there, add to it and produce castings,but not for sale.   I am only interested in showing the pathway and not providing stuff it produced. I hope to show some results of my work soon.



Ruins inspire. BB

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Creating The Mother & Two Daughters Using Cooking Foil a Sci Fi Oddity by BB

                                                                        Part One

It must be mentioned that I had never attempted this type of work before,and the idea came from Mrs B, but it was down to me to figure out "The How To", of it all. I had already made rocks before and so I decided on a course of action that I thought might not work. However only wanting an abstract Alien look it was well worth trying. So what follows in brief is the description of this Sci-Fi project that entailed using these basic tools, a large cheap brush, and a butter knife. Needless to mention I was way out of my  Comfort Zone, until the first glimmer of success appeared to be sound enough to proceed. I love the magic of my hobby,it keeps my mind fresh and feeling young.


                                                               Bought from China
                                             Designed for Window Shop Hat Display


 Placed on the table and supported well by newspaper to stop the head from rolling about as if chopped off!  Cooking foil of three layers was pressed and smoothed over by hand finger and thumbs to get an impression. It has long been my aim to use things freely available in any ones home including that which comes in and which ends up in ones bin,to do the work. Thus ruling out the need of acquiring expensive tools.   Minds and hands only need come into play.


As I always have needs for casting up many a thing,I always buy a large bag of fresh mixed up Plaster of Paris  £22.99 Free Post on E Bay! UK Stirling. Of course much smaller cheaper bags can be obtained elsewhere on the high street.                                                     


Removed carefully from the Pattern Head, and still in tact it was placed upon a piece of wrapping up foam that lay in the meat container our Sunday Roast had sat in while ready for sale.The Plaster of Paris was mixed and brushed thickly onto the nose section and mouth and chin and eyes first. The work carried out a little piece at a time,by a yogurt pot size mix,mixed up and applied with a cheap brush thickly. The objective was to put it on and preserve the main features first, and gradually after tilting in directions needed,adding the mix until complete with a covering of the whole face and the front of the neck. Then after this more of the same stuff was added to thicken it up to 5-8mm. This process I duly named Shell Casting!


The hollow casting soon warmed up nicely and so went hard enough to peel away the unwanted cooking foil it had served its purpose well,but went into the bin.


I then smoothed over the face to the look that I wanted. Thirty minutes later she the first one ever lay upon my rather untidy work table that is overlaid in toughened glass



I left a cragginess to the neck bottom and part of the skull. Needing no ears or hair this was a perfect Alien type pose that I wanted. I made another two more in the same method,and artfully enjoyed every second it took doing it. It was so simple to do without using great lumps of clay.

 Now I needed to make the first rock mass that would act as a perfect housing for each individual head to rest in.



Costing only a few Pennies three rather curious abstract things were produced, and my eccentric aim is to add those metal rock climbers that will give this unconventional work a scale. Much smaller 15mm or 6 mm figures would intensify the share wonderment of scale.

                                                               PART TWO
                                                
                                                 MAKING A CHEAP ROCK MASS

It does look very strange and hard to reason out in this photo below.



 The head was placed face down upon foam packaging ,and supported to stop it rolling by some odd rubber moulds and one can be seen in the picture above. However anything to stop it rolling out of place would've done just as well in this endeavour that needed no expensive moulds.

After lightly crumpling them up, first one way and then another, I then joined two sheets of cooking foil up together, and then over laid this onto hollow side of her head and gradually pushing it down to create her unique inside hollow shape.  Plaster  of Paris mixed up in small yogurt tubs came into play again, and I applied it in the same way as before. By doing so piece by piece it soon had its first covering in only a few minutes, then more and more was brushed on leaving it untidy like because that is much stronger than perfect smooth plaster. It soon warmed up and went hard enough to handle.



Lifted off from the inside of her head,and turned over ,the foil was peeled away leaving a share rock appearance that I wanted,but more to the point a housing for her to rest her head in.

One never can fully realise what an end result will be.
As this is `Topsy Turvy', work involving unpredictable measures !
If it is not liked it is no great loss as the bin is nearby, and so in that case onwards to another try.


                    So this shape is thin and hollow too,5 - 8mm, and not a heavy solid lump at all.             


                                          My My! It was a perfect fit. I was well pleased.


I then needed to make two more in the same way, and each inside hollowness being different meant they would only fit into their own rock casting a perfect housing that would help produce the poses that I wanted that would capture beautiful shadows cast from the light of my window.



                                         Two down and one more to make in this Sci Fi landscaping.



There they are in a temporary position just for the photo shot.

Having a minds eye, is very useful.  For a person seeing a pile of bricks as just a pile of bricks,but to a builder seeing the same pile of bricks as a potential house,______ I think explains it well. BB

The Hat Stand sure made the way possible along this pathway.
One day thinking!
Two days work,and a cost of under £3.00 UK Stirling to make. MAGIC!
                                                    
Thanks for viewing BB

Monday, 1 May 2017

The Mother and Two Daughters ........ presented by BB



It was the 15th of June 2016 when I finally finished making the three life size faces ,but through illness the end result I wanted was never achieved, but the tiny rock climbers are somewhere in the house,and it will be possible to paint them up if I can find them.                                                                                              

                                                                                                           
All were made using my Shell Moulding Method a quirky idea that worked out well.
The magic of having ideas is actually putting them in practice I suppose?


They are actually set into the rock face and are a monument of these Aliens who found themselves marooned on a planet after escaping the space craft in a life pod. Out of 1,542 souls aboard that craft they were the only three survivors  of that disaster. After many years on this hostile planet,they gave up all hope of rescue, but using a heavy duty laser weapon from their life pod, they were able to cut their features into this massive rock-face to at least show that they had once existed. So time moved on and 3.000 Earth years later after their demise their monument  was spotted by Hubble, in our own time. Well that at least was part of my story line. BB