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Sep. 25th, 2013

09:16 am - It lives!

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Last night was the start of the horn painting. I mean, the start of the bit that comes after the gesso sealing that is. Ram horns come in a variety of colours, but I figured I'd go for the Bighorn sheep look, which is the one people seem most familiar with.




These horns have a very pale base colour that gets darker in the cracks and on the non-exposed bits. To do this, I'm using a similar technique to the one I used for the Enchanter's Staff - starting with a light colour and washing over with the darker colour to fill the cracks, then wiping it off to expose the highlights. This is the first coat, in a colour called Buff Titanium:



No, I don't know who names the colours for studio paints. However, the naming is more consistent than for interior decorating paint. I know this from experience. I mean seirously, Aspriring? How are you even supposed to know what colour that might be? At least Buff Titanium describes a colour...

*cough*

Anyway, while that was drying I took the mess of hookup wire that I referred to briefly yesterday, and finished soldering it into a circuit. Then I tested it:



No that is not a bird's nest. I know exactly which bit goes where, yep. I totally do!

And then I inserted Yorick's eyeballs because so far, all of this project has been done based on what I think it will look like finished (as are most art projects tbh). And because it was getting dark, we got a really good idea of what it'll look like:



I have to say, it surpassed my expectations. I wasn't expecting the light to show through the bones like that, and IMO it adds to the effect.

So, the next step is to put the code onto the AT Tiny so that we can fit it all through the spine hole and into the brainbox of the skull. My brother is set up to do this conversion, but because hall effect sensors vary in their resting readings, he needs mine to make sure the code is properly calibrated. So I had to make my bird's nest into a loom so that he can make sense of it for testing purposes. Check it out:



And yes, I know all you proper electronics folks are gasping in horror that I used white instead of black for the ground wire. That's because when I went to Jaycar to get some, they didn't have black and IMO white is as good a replacement as any - in fact better, because like black it's not really a colour. Nyah.


While he's cracking on with that I'll keep painting the horns, which I expect to take a minimum of three coats to get looking hornlike. Once those are done I can look at attaching the skull to the staff shaft, by which time I should have the gubbins back which need to be hidden under bits of leather and whatnot, and by the time I've done all that my fancy magnet should have arrived and and and.. I still have quite a lot to do, don't I? O.o

And now, in a display of stupidity bravery that knows no bounds, here is a link to a cheesy little story (700 words, yes it's fanfiction, bite me) I wrote. People seem to like it. I am showing you because I'm finding writing these kind of therapeutic, but it feels a lot more like exposing myself than my usual "Here look at this cool 3-dimensional thing I made that contains lots of my creativity but none of my inner workings." I think it's probably good for me to reveal something I'm not confident about every now and then.

So, um, yeah.

[edit] Today is the day that Pronunciation Book counted down to. Turns out it's an ARG launched in conjunction with Horse_eBooks. I am disappoint.

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From:pombagira
Date:September 24th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
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ohhh so pretty... also need pupils painted on.. squee!!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 24th, 2013 09:37 pm (UTC)
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I'm not so sure about the pupils tbh. I'll see how it looks with bits of paper stuck on before adding any paint, and you get the final say of course.
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From:pombagira
Date:September 24th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC)
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also *squee* fanfic
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From:nick_101
Date:September 24th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
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The glowing eyes looked cool.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 25th, 2013 03:25 am (UTC)
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Cooler than I expected. BONUS
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From:t_c_da
Date:September 25th, 2013 12:09 am (UTC)
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I used white instead of black for the ground wire

You're assuming that -ve is ground, which is only a convention. In fact the electrons flow from -ve to +ve in total contravention to the convention.

I can recall a time (in ancient history for you young tackers) when one had to specify which way around a car's electrics were wired when purchasing a car radio. -ve ground only became a convention relatively late in time...

All of which adds up to "white as -ve is fine!"
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From:tatjna
Date:September 25th, 2013 03:24 am (UTC)
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Actually, I had a car with positive ground. It was an old Mk1 Cortina (the ones with the peace-sign tail lights) that I abandoned in Lumsden after it blew up and sprayed oil all over the windscreen on the drive up from Gore.
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From:anna_en_route
Date:September 25th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
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that looks fricking awesome =)
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From:tatjna
Date:September 25th, 2013 03:25 am (UTC)
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*beam* I am stoked with it and am now really enthusiastic for the finished product to be finished!
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From:chookfair
Date:September 25th, 2013 09:39 am (UTC)
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Ooh, wonderfully terrifying!

That is disappointing..but it's kind of cool that Horse_eBooks was involved. I never would have guessed that.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 25th, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
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Oddly enough, horse_eBooks was suggested to me just a couple of days ago as a good Twitter follow, and my son said it was hilarious. But when I looked it was just a garbled mess of what looked like finance advertising, and I thought the account had been hacked so I didn't bother following it.

Turns out it was ALL PART OF THE GAME....
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From:spotsofcolour
Date:September 25th, 2013 09:56 am (UTC)
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OMG that looks AMAZING. I've been waiting for the pics when you installed the eyes because I knew it would be epic.
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From:tatjna
Date:September 25th, 2013 08:05 pm (UTC)
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I am very pleased with it. Next step: add the woolly bits around the neck and mount it on the full staff.
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From:meri_sielu
Date:September 25th, 2013 10:43 am (UTC)
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That skull is amazing! So cool! :D
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From:tatjna
Date:September 25th, 2013 08:06 pm (UTC)
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It surpassed my expectations. ;-)
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From:pundigrion
Date:September 27th, 2013 12:40 am (UTC)
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Loving the light shining through the skull! Awesome unexpected effect indeed!
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From:tatjna
Date:September 27th, 2013 12:43 am (UTC)
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It makes me wonder what would happen if I put a superbright LED inside the skull?

Hmm...
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From:pundigrion
Date:September 27th, 2013 01:04 am (UTC)
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Only one way to find out, mwahahahaha!
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