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Anyone crafting during the shutdown?

Ryujin

Adventurer
Like the title says. I've been doing a bit of leatherwork and also made a chainmail pot scrubber for a friend. Just wondering what everyone else might be up to.

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Fenris-77

Small God of the Dozens
Supporter
Dude, that is so much cooler than anything I've done with my spare time recently. Lovely work. Sadly, my deteriorating eyesight has made painting miniatures quite difficult, and I haven't replaced that with another crafty sort of thing yet.
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
Dude, that is so much cooler than anything I've done with my spare time recently. Lovely work. Sadly, my deteriorating eyesight has made painting miniatures quite difficult, and I haven't replaced that with another crafty sort of thing yet.

Thanks :)

My eyesight isn't what it used to be either, so I've got two large lighted magnifiers for when I'm working on small details. Helps a lot.
 

Fenris-77

Small God of the Dozens
Supporter
Thanks :)

My eyesight isn't what it used to be either, so I've got two large lighted magnifiers for when I'm working on small details. Helps a lot.
I tried that, but the fine detail on 1/35th scale models still defeats me. I can still paint, it's just never quite as good as it used to be, which is frustrating. I just some materials to make costume armor and whatnot out of, so we'll see how that goes. Lots of time until Halloween. :p
 


Nothing quite along those lines, but I've been continuing to work on a few caricatures for departing unit members. I've been doing this for the last couple of decades: generally a pencil sketch that's inked and then colored in with colored pencils. Depending on the style, it's then either "fake matted" on a piece of poster board with a caption below it and the comments/signatures of the other folks in the unit all around the "fake matte" and then framed; or there's an alphabetized list of squadron personnel around the borders of the caricature, which is then framed. I started doing this for people in my flight/squadron when I was active duty Air Force and it's continued on now that I'm a DoD civilian. And word's gotten out that I do these, so I've been "adopted" as the caricaturist for another squadron on my base and for my own front office, as well as for my own six-person branch and five-person "sister" shop.

I just finished one up last week of an Air Force General and will likely finish one for my AF immediate supervisor this weekend. Then I'll be starting one up for one of the front office admin executive officers.

Johnathan
 


Retreater

Legend
Game-related crafting was a big hobby of mine until recently. Assembling and painting minis. Making 3d dungeon terrain. Now that I'm not gaming in person anymore (and likely won't be for the foreseeable future) I just can't work up the desire to do it.
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
Nothing quite along those lines, but I've been continuing to work on a few caricatures for departing unit members. I've been doing this for the last couple of decades: generally a pencil sketch that's inked and then colored in with colored pencils. Depending on the style, it's then either "fake matted" on a piece of poster board with a caption below it and the comments/signatures of the other folks in the unit all around the "fake matte" and then framed; or there's an alphabetized list of squadron personnel around the borders of the caricature, which is then framed. I started doing this for people in my flight/squadron when I was active duty Air Force and it's continued on now that I'm a DoD civilian. And word's gotten out that I do these, so I've been "adopted" as the caricaturist for another squadron on my base and for my own front office, as well as for my own six-person branch and five-person "sister" shop.

I just finished one up last week of an Air Force General and will likely finish one for my AF immediate supervisor this weekend. Then I'll be starting one up for one of the front office admin executive officers.

Johnathan

Do you have any that you're able to show?
 

Zaukrie

New Publisher
I just started a YouTube channel on this topic.... But none of the videos show crafting yet. Next week I will post a video of me making a ship. The ship is a cardstock model, from a Dragon magazine.... December, 1986. For some reason, I kept it and never built it. And I can find no picture of it online....

Next up, I'll be building stuff with corks....
 

Do you have any that you're able to show?
Not really. The paper size I use is 11" by 14" and my scanner is only 8.5" by 11" - so while I do keep scans of each caricature I make for my own reference, they're each only a partial scan. And I'm a pretty low-tech guy, so my phone doesn't have a camera or anything - I just need it to make and receive phone calls. (I don't even text! Yeah, I'm old.)

And on top of everything else, the caricatures aren't of anyone famous of anything so they'd not only be unrecognizable to anyone who didn't know the subject of the picture but the backgrounds are filled with in-jokes that wouldn't make a lot of sense unless you knew the story behind them.

Generally, though, I (with very few exceptions) do the caricatures in the "big head" style (so you can tell it's not meant to be taken seriously), although I try for an accurate representation of the person's features; I don't exaggerate the size of noses or ears or anything, as the goal isn't to make fun of the person being drawn. It's just a personal memento of the time they spent in that job before being transferred elsewhere in the Air Force.

Johnathan
 

Mad_Jack

Explorer
I run a box-making machine at work, that counts as crafting, right? lol

Being an "essential" worker, I don't have any more spare time these days than before the coronapocalyse, so most of my "crafting" lately has been virtual - I've been doing a bit of photoshop-type stuff, mostly relating to the virus.

But I have gotten back into my old habit of creating ephemeral art out of "found" materials... Twisting little animals out of bits of tin foil, using the hot glue from my machine to solder together chunks of dried glue into abstract sculptures of people, napkin origami, all sorts of little creative things to keep my hands busy. Working in a factory warehouse, I have unlimited access to tiny bits of splintered wood from wrecked pallets, so sometimes I whittle little things as well.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
For a lot of reasons, I haven’t touched a guitar in 18 or so months,

Tonight, I did. I played on and off mor a couple hours. I had forgotten several things. I was rusty as all hell. It was frustrating. My fingers hurt.

But as I struggled finding the chords to this piece or that, it was all welcome.
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
For a lot of reasons, I haven’t touched a guitar in 18 or so months,

Tonight, I did. I played on and off mor a couple hours. I had forgotten several things. I was rusty as all hell. It was frustrating. My fingers hurt.

But as I struggled finding the chords to this piece or that, it was all welcome.

It's much like that for me, with leatherworking. I dabbled a bit, more than 30 years ago, and still have a rather basic 6 arrow quiver that I made back then. It might get a rework and some tooling on the leather, once I feel up to it. The next project, however, will be a leather chest harness that will be going off to a CosPlayer, actress, burlesque performer, and sometime Disney Princess of my acquaintance.
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Like the title says. I've been doing a bit of leatherwork and also made a chainmail pot scrubber for a friend. Just wondering what everyone else might be up to.

Oh, that kind of leatherwork.

I've been getting fit. Although biking and running in a mask is weird, even if its necessary.

Also joined this forum. Good times.
 

aco175

Hero
I would like to go and work on my golf game, but my state is the last one that believes we cannot handle things without the oversight.
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
OK, so it holds an strange number of arrows but that's how many still usable arrows I've got, so it works for me. I cut the pieces for this a couple of years back but didn't assemble it, because it's supposed to be an insert for a sword/bow stand that I haven't figured out yet. Since I'm cleaning things up, I figured I'd work on it.
 

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Mad_Jack

Explorer
Y'know, I really should get around to building that oversized shadowbox I was planning - I've got expensive vintage minis covering literally every flat surface in my half of the basement, and I really really need to get them organized and put away someplace safe.
 

Janx

Hero
I made a Jedi belt for the wife's cosplay


a leather steampunk-ish face mask with changeable filter system


Due to leaks:
repiped my kitchen (including removing hot water heater and re-installing)
repiped the master bath sinks
rebuilt and painted the adjoining master bedroom wall

plus written a few chapters in the novel

and working full time + unpaid overtime
 

Ryujin

Adventurer
I made a Jedi belt for the wife's cosplay


a leather steampunk-ish face mask with changeable filter system


Due to leaks:
repiped my kitchen (including removing hot water heater and re-installing)
repiped the master bath sinks
rebuilt and painted the adjoining master bedroom wall

plus written a few chapters in the novel

and working full time + unpaid overtime

Nice stuff :)

Got a simple pattern for a "biker mask" that I need to make, after I'm done dying and assembling the chest harness I've cut the pieces for. Waiting on two different orders from Tandy now (almost 2 weeks now and not even shipped).
 

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