Thing A Week 2: Sculpting An Adult Toy

As part of my new years resolution to make a new thing every week this year, I have decided to make the second weeks project, sculpting an adult toy.

Hold on to your hats prudes, and wholesome folks, futurecrash is going blue.  By which I mean, I have decided to make my own adult toy.  The first step in this process is sculpting.

If you are going to be casting the toy later in silicon (which I am, stay tuned for next week’s thing a week) you will need to be choosy about what sort of clay you use.  Silicons that use platinum based catalysts don’t do well with sulfur.  So you need to make sure you use sulfur free clay.

I used Scupltex hard, as it is sulfur free, and never dried out, and the hard variety is very firm and easy to sculpt complex geometry.

 

Now might be a good time to say up front, I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I AM DOING.  None, I have never made a sex toy before, I don’t know what sizes, shapes, whatever will feel good, will work, will fail, anything.  I am flying blind here.  So I decided to make something anyone could use (that means it goes in a place everyone has), I will let your imagination fill in the rest of those details.

I started by making some balls, and rolling them together then attaching them.

I used lots of round things of various sizes to help smooth and shape the form.  I am going for a sorta anal beads with a handle feel here, but the picture above shows it in a rough proces.

The rest of the shots below are process shots, you have to do a lot of smoothing, and small adjustments to the form as you look at it from all angles.  It is surprisingly easy to ruin one side of the toy while you are fixing another, so I kept turning and shaping and turning, until I got something I think is smooth enough, and nice enough to be done.

So yea, that is where we are at this point, I think it will “work” in the sense that it wont fall apart when I cast it, and the finished product will be tough enough.  I have no idea if it will “work” in the sense that people would like to use it.  But I think it will come out nice.

Stay tuned until next week when I figure out how to make a mold for this, and cast a couple versions of it.

 

ps.  if you are into to these sorts of crafts, check out my second Etsy store.

Thing A Week 1: Custom Safety Pins

As part of my new years resolution to make a new thing every week this year, I have decided to make the first weeks project, custom safety pins.

After the Brexit vote in the UK a lot of people there started wearing safety pins as a sign to others that they were “safe.”  Basically that they were not going to be racist, or xenophobic, or hateful.  A nice easy and subtle way to spread a little joy and understanding.

I wanted to make some from scratch that would express similar but different sentiments.

First here are some process shots.

used brass and copper wire for this project

had some existing dapping blocks, and made my own for custom diameter bending of the brass tubing.

used a variety of pliers and cutters.

some thing walled brass tube.

jewelers saw and plate (cut out a dead rabbit)

close up of the saw and blade, very very delicate.

 

I ended up making three different pins.

the first two are explorations on the same idea.  A more or less standard pin, with something added to it.

The basic design, a bit of bent tube cut and shaped then soldered onto the rest.

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is basic design I then made a very simple heart pin.

I mostly just wanted to see if I could solder everything together without messing it all up, and get a feel for the dimensions of the pin, and how it will look on clothing.  Because of the larger wire these work best on sweaters and loos knit clothing (wool, cotton, etc).

Next I wanted to make something a bit more historic, so I picked a dead rabbit, inspired by the dead rabbit riots.

The rabbit is cut from copper sheet, and it was made dead with the help of the X letter punch (see above for a picture).

then it was just a matter of making another pin, and soldering it on.

I didn’t like it just plain shiny copper, so I added some patina.Gave it much more character.

 

Next I wanted to make something in support of Planned Parenthood, what with all the talk in Washington, and the general feeling that we are entering a time of regression on social issues, I wanted to see if I could make a safety pin coat hanger.

 

It was harder than I thought.

 

after much trial and error I figured it out.  For those that want to attempt this, my method was this:  Start with an 8 inch piece of wire, bend it basically in half, make the hook and twist the top first, and then work your way from there.  I kept trying to make one side and work my way around to other side and it just didn’t work.

Eventually I got this handsome design.

So that was week one!  I worked a little bit each night, and didn’t really feel rushed or like I was doing a task, felt good to be making something.

 

2017 Thing A Week Projects!

I have had a lot of project ideas kicking around in my head for a while now, and I have decided with the new year its time to get some of them out of my head and into the real world.

I am striving to complete one project a week, as well as documenting them and putting them here.

The very first thing I did this year is start a new Etsy store!  I have been wanting for a long time to do some “adult” arts and crafts projects and figured a new store was the best way to start.

Here is a link to my new store!  Raven’s Head Toys.

I will be posting builds from items for that new store, builds for my other store, and just stuff I wanted to make for friends and family and for use around the house.

 

 

DIY Branding Iron

A friend in the bakery business wanted to be able to brand her bread to give it a little more flair.  So I whipped up this quick and dirty bread brand.

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Cut out the T from 16 gauge brass, it was the thickest I had, if I could have found thicker I would, but turned out ok.

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Solder on some hollow copper pipe, again what I had on hand, with a nice strong joint using high temp solder.

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Looking good so far, now for a handle.


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Drilled a hole in a hard wood dowel and used a mix of friction fit and CA glue to hold it in place.

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Getting ready to try it.

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Get yourself a nice slice of home made sour dough bread.

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Heat that bad boy up for 30-50 seconds till the end of the pipe near the handle is too hot to touch.  Make sure you keep the flame moving around the whole time.

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You will know its hot enough if the bread smokes when you touch it to the bread.

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Gets pretty gross, but doesn’t affect how it works, just burn off all the gross and go again!

No bread is safe!

Shop Soap!

I have been making my own soap for a couple of years now, mostly as gifts for friends and family.  We have made all sorts of nice smelling, very good soaps, but something was missing.  I wanted a soap that was strong enough to blast off the various shop related gunk from my hands, but a soap that made my skin soft after all the crud was washed off.  The result of many batches of experimental soap making is: SHOP SOAP! It Fucks Up Dirt, Not Your Hands!

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This soap is a special blend of moisturizing oils (castor oil, cocoa butter, Shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil), with a good kick of pumice stone dust to remove the grime.  It also has a lovely eucalyptus and lemon grass smell so that once you are done scrubbing you don’t smell like chain lube.

Making Some Crow Feather Earrings

Here are some process shots from the latest group of earrings I made.

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First I print out the design, and then cut and rubber cement it to the copper plate.

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the design is cut out using a jewelers saw, then you file and polish the burs off.

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The feathers ready and prepped for soldering.  Silver ear posts are also soldered on during this stage.

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After the brass wire is soldered down the middle, tiny feather marks are made using a small hand made chisel.

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Liver of sulfur is used to patina the feathers and give them a nice dark color.

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All done!  You can buy a pair here.

Bernie Sanders Head Badges!

I am feeling the Bern!  So much so that I thought I would make a Bernie Sanders head badge so that bicyclists for Bernie can show their love of this amazing candidate.

 

The first step was to carve them out of wax.

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Then I molded that wax carving into some special high temp silicone. I then cast them in either tin or pewter (each and every one comes out a little different, so far the tin ones seem a bit more shiny).  The results have been pretty awesome!

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They can be bent to fit on a bike, or left flat if you just want a shiny Bernie Sanders paperweight.

 

Every one comes out a bit different, but I like that, I might experiment with polishing them, but pewter and tin are very soft metals, and I don’t know if I have anything that delicate.

 

I am going to be selling them here, 27 dollars of every sale will be donated to the Sanders campaign.  Get your own!