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Stabby and stabbity, at your service - Tactical Ninja

Jul. 18th, 2013

10:29 am - Stabby and stabbity, at your service

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I have a numb leg. I know it's related to my back, but it surprises me that this came on after a couple of weeks. I'm guessing it's something pressing on the sciatic nerve, and it started after all that sitting on hard chairs at Au Contraire on the weekend. Every night it starts to improve and every day at work, sitting all day aggravates it. If it's not better by the end of the week, I'll book myself in to see someone about it. Someone who will tell me it's sciatica and that all I can do is exactly what I've been doing, I suspect. Spot the person who's dealt with sciatica before..

Oh yeah, sheep to belly crutch on the weekend too. Joy. I have about 2-3 months before the annual round of sheep-denuding starts up again, in which I need to finish all my projects and get my body sorted. Wish me luck.


Any resemblance to religious symbolism in the following picture is purely coincidental. But that is actually what it looked like after about 20 minutes of hacking and slashing. I'm told when sculpting you are 'allowing the image that's residing in the medium to emerge' or some such. I allowed it to emerge with a sharp craft knife.



Turns out you need an even sharper craft knife for camping foam. I went through two and a half blades allowing this one to emerge:



And as you can see, it's still a bit jaggedy. Although I'm told you can sand camping foam, and my initial forays into experimenting with it suggest that it may well work. Here is a comparative shot of the two blanks as they now are:



In step 2 of the experiment, the expanding foam is definitely easier to carve accurately, because it's sort-of hard. It's a bit like non-flexible polystyrene. The camping foam makes less mess (again) but is easier to make mistakes with and the flexibility makes it harder to carve good straight lines.

Both of them weigh less than nothing. It's almost creepy how light they are - I'd almost rather have something heavy in them just so they don't feel so weird when you pick them up.

Next step: paper mache on the expanding foam one, sanding and possibly a bit of filler on the camping foam one. I still haven't picked a favourite.


Also, pombagira came round last night and measured herself up for Yorick, so now I can get started on that. I haven't forgotten about the Brainfart either. I am actually considering making a gant chart for my projects - not for what's involved in each of them, but to try and arrange them in a decent order to spend time on them in between all the other things I have to (want to) do, while leaving room for all the things that keep popping up saying "Do me!" in between.

Because right in the middle of a creative obsession is the perfect time to bang out an academic article, right?

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From:pombagira
Date:July 17th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
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yay Yorick.. *bounces about*
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From:tatjna
Date:July 17th, 2013 11:22 pm (UTC)
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You say that now.... mwuahahaha

Also, sorry about the spiciness of last night's dinner. It was that or a soy thing and I knew you didn't do well with soy and had forgotten just how spicy that satay stuff really was.
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From:pombagira
Date:July 17th, 2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
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is ok.. sometimes i wish i could eat teh spicey.. *laments*..

not to worry i will be back to something resembling normal tomorrow or something like that anyhoo..

:)
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From:laughingmagpie
Date:July 19th, 2013 01:57 pm (UTC)
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That is really cool. I've never carved foam like this before, mostly because I doubt my ability to free-hand carve. I'm better at sculpting up and adding than carving down and removing stuff.
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From:tatjna
Date:July 20th, 2013 04:19 am (UTC)
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Yeah, carving is a whole new way of looking at things - kind of backwards from normal modelling, because it's about what you leave behind instead of what you add. I did a course in stone carving once so luckily I've had a bit of practice! And oh boy did some of those come out looking pretty silly.. ;-)
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