t.@.L.L.HAUZ #8

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And from this point on I’m going to focus solely on the zine production. I am planning a special time in the upcoming month of August for new bodies of work, which will be character-based. More about that in the coming weeks. Stay tuned-

Selfie 2019

As it is my custom to create one selfie every year I made one using stencil method on a sheet metal with gold flakes.

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Now I used the flakes that come in those teeny tiny vials (about 8 of them) and found they’re not really suitable because there were far more fine dust than there were flakes.  And even the flakes were pretty crumpled up and did not spread easily.  Next time I know, I paid special attention to the beautiful smile on the face so that I could title this “Selfie With A Big Golden Smile.”  😉

Behold I bring you the Nine Idols all in its full glory on one page:

Now that I’m done with these babies this would be a good time to call it for the summer.  I’m gonna stay inside and try to stay cool from this awful heat; I hate the heat, especially when mixed with the yucky humidity.  When I get back I’ll have some cool new stuff to share with you.

Have a safe and happy summer everyone.  Over and out!

And heeeerrrreeeee she is, the last of the nine –

Cellphones have made life a whole lot easier for all of us in the past decades, and it will only get better as technology ups its game in times to come.  Unfortunately that’s also brought on a new wave of distractions and addictions from these tiny devices that is chock full of apps, features, and games that can become as addicting as chocolate.  And dear miss MATRIXIE – the Idol of Digital –  has made sure that she’s here to stay.

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 Timothy 6:10 New International Version (NIV)

Here it is, the second to last of the Nine Idols.  I’m sure it’s pretty self-explanatory just by looking at all those dollar signs as well as the verse above.  I named him G, Benny G, based on an old slang ‘in it for the Benjamin‘ (referring to the $100 Bill which has, you guessed it, Ben Franklin’s face on it).  This was also the first time I had tried gilding, which is the art of applying metallic flakes (here it was 24K gold, or so they say) onto the surface that had been sized (some fancy word for glue, actually, but one that stays sticky for up to 24 hours).

I just have one more to go before I call it for the summer.   Stay tuned…

Two more completed this week, though on the second look I may have to rework some details as it just doesn’t fit.

It’s all about Sex, baby!  Meet Mista McLovin’ the Idol of all things sex and porn.  (The name comes from the movie SUPERBAD, where one of the characters change his name to McLovin.)

“I’m a gambling man, placed a lot of bets, all over the floor; and in every game I lost a whole lotta hardearned bucks!”  (Singing it to the tune of TRAVELING MAN by Ricky Nelson.  Hehe).  Wasn’t sure on the name, originally I went with GAMBIT but later I changed to HIGH ROLLAZ.  Sorry if it sounds too gangster for your taste.

Next up, the last two Idols on the way.  Stay tuned…

Okay, I’ve completed three more in the Nine Idols series.

This is Reaper, the Idol of Bloodshed and Violence.  Given humankind’s mad obsession for blood and wrath, and adding on the recent social and political storm in the US over gun control.  Not to mention the ominous signs that the world is steps closer to another catastrophic conflict since WW2, which I pray to God will not happen.

Like the Greek God Dionysus BOOZEY lords over those who just can’t get enough of drinks of all kinds, like beer, wine, whiskey, vodka, tequila-you name it.  And for many people that has proved to be fatal.

This guy, MR. VAIN, was actually the first to be completed. (see here)  I just put another layer of purple paint in the background.

There’s still four more heads to go, I’m pretty sure I can get them all within the next two weeks or so.  Hope you will stick around to the finish.  Have good Memorial Day weekend!

This past week I’ve completed two of the NINE IDOLS pieces. As mentioned before, each of these skulls represent things that people get hooked on, or addicted to, in such way that they worship it like an idol. Check them out below:

Meet Smokie, the Idol of you guessed it smoking. Tobacco, marijuana, anything that is smokeable.

Next up is Boozie, the Idol of Drugs. PCP, LSD, Heroin, Opioids. Even prescription drugs. Taken orally or intravenously with the needles.

Stay tuned for more…

Nine Idols WIP 6 : Painting

I’ve finally finished putting together a short vid of my latest work in progress.

Unfortunately it’s too big to upload it here directly, so I’m pasting a Youtube link here:

More cool vids coming soon!

 

Nine Idols WIP 5 – Skull Parts Assemble!

So I have the pieces (eyes, teeth, nose) for all nine skullheads.  Now to put them together!

Here I am putting together the first of the 9 idols I call MR. VAIN.  Because there is the tendency for one to worship, you guessed it, self.  We as humans will do anything to stand out and feel good about ourselves, whether it is by looks, with brand names, money, status, and stuff like that.  I was able to find a chromatic poster board which sort of acts like a mirror so it gives the idea of looking at ourselves.  As for the eyes and the other parts, I simply used Reynolds Wrap®.

Next time I post here it will be the best part of all: painting!  But that is going to take some time so it will be pretty quiet here for a while.  Maybe I’ll put in some fillers here to keep you readers interested while you wait but what am I going to write about that’s anyone’s guess, and mine too.  In the meantime have a good weekend until I return…

Part 4 of the series is here.  Previously I made the molds for the eyes, noses, and teeth to add to the skulls, which I plan to cast it in resin to give the overall artwork a 3D feel.  So I have survived the painstaking process of making latex molds, now comes the fun part: casting.

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I bought this Castin’Craft Clear Polyester Resin from Joanns; I was researching furiously online for which one to buy but as usual there were many many different opinions on which is the best and whatnot.  And since this particular one was all they had at the store, and the pieces will eventually be covered up in paint it won’t be showing through as is so there was no need for perfection, I just went ahead and brought it home.  Now the label on the back didn’t do much justice on how to use it so I had to look it up online where I got a better understanding of it.

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So this little bottle that accompanied the large can is called a CATALYST, an additive that is supposed to make the resin liquid dry hard and hold shaped, when used properly.  It required several tiny drops per one ounce of the liquid, and depending on the weather you can put more or less.  It was freezing cold at the time of use, so I added few extra drops into the liquid.  Initially I didn’t think it was going to be enough, I mean the size difference between the resin liquid and this catalyst was huge, but my worries proved to be groundless.  I even had leftovers by the day’s end.

 

Here is a short video of me mixing in the resin with the catalyst.  The instruction says to stir in thoroughly for about 60 sec. so you can really see me mixing it in there.  Afterwards I slowly poured them into the latex mold I had made in the previous session.  I had to take care not to let it overflow, but of course it’s hard to keep it clean.  I got gooey mess on my fingers (should have worn gloves) and on top of that the odor, man I was holding my breath as I was pouring the liquid into the molds.

 

Now they say it would take about 20 min to harden and dry, but it was cold day, and a cautious freak that I am I let it sit overnight, in the open outdoors as the stench was too strong to leave in the garage, I’d let nature air it out.  When it was dry to the touch (not leaving any sticky residue on my fingers) I slowly and painstakingly peeled off the mold from the hardened resin.  Too bad I didn’t take video of that; morbidly it felt so good peeling them off, I don’t know why I’m weird like that.

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After peeling them off I’d brush them down with some powder to cover up any stickyness that might still remain in the pieces.  It took me about a week to make 9 sets of eyes, teeth, and nose with the little sets of molds I had made.  I also learned it helps a great deal to dust some powder inside the mold before pouring the liquid, it came out much easier.

Next time I’ll be showing how I put these pieces on the board with the pasted skull.  And hopefully soon I will get to the most exciting part of it all: painting!

Have good weekend guys!

Nine Idols WIP 3

Today I show you my first time at moldmaking.  This was for making the eyes and teeth for the skulls.

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I bought this latex moldbuilder from Joanns.  It seemed pretty simple, just brush on layer over another layer of the latex onto the object to make the mold out of.  As you can see in the label above, the stuff contains ammonia, and warns to use it in WELL VENTILATED areas and to NOT BREATHE IN too much of the fumes.  Well like a fool that I am I took one whiff of the liquid and man I thought I was going to heaven.  (j/k that was an exaggeration but it was indeed strong and I felt little sick)  I initially started work on the mold in my room with window open but apparently that was not enough, it started slowly stinking up beyond the room and covered the entire second floor of the house, about to move into the lower floor where my mom was, and considering that my mom is still recovering from the grueling episodes of chemotherapy in the past several years I could not risk getting her sick so I quickly hauled all the stuff out of the house and to the back yard, where the birds and the neighbors will surely suffer from the awful stench but at least the outdoor air will do its job of blowing it away in short time.  I just hope it doesn’t do damage to the ozone layer, as it’s already having enough from all the other pollutants we humans are sending.

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As you can see above I had formed the eyes, the nose, and the teeth of the skulls with air-dry crafting clay and use that as the base for the mold.  I would brush on layer over another layer of the latex, letting it dry in between.  At first I just tried pouring a big glob over the pieces only to find it takes insanely long time to dry and when I tried peeling it out after the surface hardened the inside was still a gooey mess.

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After about ten coats and letting it dry overnight I slowly peel off the latex from the clay pieces.  The mold held its shapes for the most part, the edges were a bit wonky, but I figure I can work around it somehow.

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I learned to keep the molds lightly dusted with powder or they stick to one another like birds of a feather, though luckily don’t tear when you try to later take them apart (if I had made the layers thinner it most likely would have).  It took three days to make three sets of the eyes, nose, and teeth mold for the nine skulls I have prepped.  Next part I’ll talk about casting the pieces with the latex molds using resin.  I can’t wait…

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