After some 17 years with Ebay, it’s become obvious over the last few years that the entire site has deteriorated considerably into an abyss of the same spammy cluttering garbage made worse by their changing the format from having to pay for the listings and renewing them every 10 days, to making them free to list and perpetual listings until the item sells.
As a result, peoples’ junk and garage sale finds sits up there now for weeks, months, even YEARS just stagnating and wasting space and gaming the search. Now if you just “browse” a category you might be looking at “page 1 of 8,923 pages” and if you search for something specific, you still get a plethora of crap and unrelated junk you have to wade through to find anything.
I’ve pretty much decided to wind it down on there, deleting 49 out of the 55 listings I had up there, and now my focus will be on my own web site as the point of contact.
We’ll see how that works out, but Ebay is basically dead, nothing moves on there any more.
I have another of these keystones out of the kiln and she looks great! Unforttunately this keystone is just large enough I can’t really fit anything else in the kiln with it, so it winds up being the only sculpture in the firing cycle.
Now I have about 3 of each terracotta design on hand in inventory, so clients won’t have to wait several weeks for one to be made.
I have all the old wood shelving replaced with these nice metal rack shelving units I’m very happy with!
Fresh out of the kiln, now I have three of them on hand ready to ship.
The owl panel came out of the kiln nicely, the design has a lot of undercuts and opposing angles to it, which required a fairly complicated mold, and removing the sections of the mold is tricky, as a result this sculpture requires a considerable amount of time detailing and refining it, removing seam lines etc.
I have two fired, and two more drying to be fired in a couple of weeks.
The first panel is fired now and looks good, it is 18-1/2″ long and about 21 pounds.
I just finished pressing the first sculpture in the new mold, with the fan playing across the back on low to start drying the clay from the back and inside, in an hour or two she should be firmed up enough to remove from the mold.
It took about 30# of clay to make.
Since I had a gallon of mold rubber left sitting around I decided to use it to make a rubber positive of my angel panel. Poured it in some 6 hours ago and now I have my rubber positive ready to go.
Probably Friday afternoon I’ll work on the plaster piece mold of this so I can make them in pressed fired terracotta too.
With the mold finished, I will be able to start pressing some terracotta soon!
Shipping out my nurse roundel to a repeat client Mon or Tues who is giving it as a gift to a friend of his who is a nurse and refused promotions to remain a nurse!
This is a densite plaster cast from a mold made from my clay original model which was based on an extant architectural sculpture on the facade of the former St Vincent’s Hospital nurses’ residence building in NYC.
The cast was given a colored tint, and then with my multi-step finishing process and techniques it was made to look just like these sculptures do on 125 year old building facades in the city.
This will be shipping in a wood crate.
I made 3 videos today, all time-lapse.
Removing the mold;
Cleaning up the architectural pressed clay terracotta grotesque sculpture;
Pressing a terracotta architectural owl panel sculpture;
After I finished adjusting and gluing on the wood grille pieces onto my dry clay model I hit the whole thing with primer so I can see how it looks without the distraction of variances in color.
I’m thinking casts of this will look best in a flat or satin battleship grey like the original 1920s elevated highway this depicts was, maybe some aging/rust streaks on the grey would be even better.
I wish I had used less course clay as I had problems getting finer detailing without runing into “courseness” but it is what it is, and if I had gotten perfectly smooth fine details and lines it would look too “new” which wouldn’t have been accurate. The model depicts the scene as it was in the 1970s after decades buildup of paint, and corrosion, peeling paint etc.
This course red clay has no tendency to warp or crack as should be obvious by this panel’s size and big variations in thickness from about 1-1/4″ in the background to about 3″ on the bottom quarter, other clays I’ve used before that were smoother really warped badly, so there’s trade-offs on every clay that way.
I say this is “finished” but actually I still have to fill in all of the little slots in those slotted brass screws as they are supposed to be smooth convex shaped rivet heads.
27″ x 16-3/4″