Memento Mori WIP Report steemCreated with Sketch.

Slowly but surely progress is being made.

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One of the challenges of a piece like this one is to make sure that the perceived bone structure on both sides match up. If you take a close look at the image above you will notice I have not achieved this goal yet. The cheekbone on the skeleton side is a tad bit wider and more robust than the one on the flesh side. Also the eye sockets are a little off.

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I still have quite a bit left to do before I can even begin to consider this guy finished. Things including fleshing out the right eye a little so it looks less flat, fixing the jawline so it looks more like a real skeleton, finish the teeth and the bone area above them, flesh out the cheeks on the flesh side and make the lips look like lips, and, and , and .... But all in all I'm pleased with the rate of progress as this is my first attempt making one of these.

Below is an image from wikipedia that was the original inspiration for all this:
Wikipedia Image: French - Pendant with a Monk and Death - Walters

If you are interested here is a link to the wikipedia article on the medieval Memento mori concept: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memento_mori

Big thank you for taking the time to read my post,

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Aw crap, I missed the window to vote on this, but this piece is fantastic! What is the material that you're carving?

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Hi, @wwwiebe , this particular sculpt is using a clay named Monster Clay(tm)

Really neat stuff. It has wax like properties that allow it to be melted into a liquid for. Pretty handy stuff.

It allowed me , with this piece to warm the clay until I could easily get the shape I wanted for the head. Then after it cooled I was able to start carving on it. I should write a post on it in the future. Thank you your complement it means a lot

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That is pretty neat. I've contemplated for a long time building a small contraption for smelting low-melting-point metals, but dont' like the fact that most of them are somewhat toxic. What's the melting point of the clay?

Super low. In fact it is suggested to melt it in the microwave. I have two ways of melting it. First is to microwave a full 2lb tub for around 2min. This is just enough to soften it and make it very malleable. Secondly, I use a small crocpot, the kind that only plugs in with now controls. This will, eventually, melt it completely into liquid. The best part of the crocpot is that you have complete control of just how much turns to liquid.

In liquid form it is great for pouring into moulds. I will do this if I want to rework an old piece but don't feel like doing all the work of making it from scratch. Pretty nifty.

That sounds absolutely awesome, and just like what I was looking for. Thank you!

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You're welcome! Tips are a whole lot easier for me to dish out than votes. :)

I understand that. With all these new tribes/tokens I find myself playing the token game and ignoring my steem voting power. But it caught up with me lol now I have to wait 2 days. I think I may start doing the tip thing too. It is a very nice way to show support I think.

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