thanks for the feedback. I will keep phoning around and pestering toolsuppliers here to see if they have a Hellcat and if that doesnt produce any info I guess I will have to look into purchasing from America if I can afford it.
Tell me is the Hellcat a large tool? Is it easy to manipuate around something like the sculptures on my site?
Hi, I rang our local tool store specialists today and asked them if they knew what a Hellcat was.
Reply: "A real wild cat." They honestly did not know what it was.
I am trying to find if I can view one and possibly purchase one locally, in Western Australia.
Any info you can share with me about molding etc I would greatly appreciate.
I have decided after seeing all the lovely stained finishes in peoples photos, that I had better learn how to do that too, as it would certainly enhance my sculptures if I can achieve that faux stone or marbled look.
Not everyone wants a verdigris brass patina.
Am so hoping to sell some pieces soon, as I need cashflow.(Mortgage)
Do you have any tips on staining you could share?
I am hoping to develop my skills to create sculptures that look like they are made of polished stone of different types.
I have done marbling and faux stone effects when painting big 20'x40' backdrops and various props for theatre. Had a lot of fun over the years making fake statues and big pillars etc for temple scenes like Jesus Christ Superstar, and old stone houses, church interiors with stained glass windows etc.
Amazing what you can do with a 3d framework and canvas and a little bit of paint. I hope to apply those skills to the art of staining concrete.
P.S. Its 35degreesC+ here today and I cant even go for a swim as a big 5 metre white pointer ate a local guy 2 days after Christmas and has been hanging around the bay. Circled a dinghy a few days ago while a couple were out setting crab pots.
We have seals and fairy penguins here so it is a good fast food snack bar for white pointer sharks following the whale migration north up the coast.
I dont intend to be part of their diet. I might have to get a shovel and dig a hole in the backyard for a pool instead of going to the beach!
At 5:12pm on January 5, 2009, Darby Crowley said… Iam very good, its nice to here from you. I hope you and your family are well I only really launched my countertop business in September this year (could have picked a better time the way the ecomony is going here) I dont know yet if it will take off ,there is no established market here in concrete countertops which is good in one way but it also means I will have to convince people to buy the product, so far I am getting a very good responce from people who see the work I have done ,but converting that into sales is an other thing,How are things going for you? have you got into GFRC yet? .there is always some thing else to learn I have seen some of your work on the fourm its classy stuff!
Thanks for your reply.
Had a look at your photos and your work is very creative!!! Love it!
Have you tried a hotwire to carve polystyrene to make formwork for poured concrete?
A Dutch guy in West Australia pioneered it years ago and was doing architechtural panels carving in reverse into huge polystyrene blocks and using them for the formwork to make relief sculpted panels,
His name was Paul Ritter. He was the mayor of Perth for a while.
I am hoping to find out how I can make my own hot wire (handheld) that I could use to carve polystyrene to use in my work.
I figured that it would have to have a curved edge, a right angled corner and a straight edge, to get maximum effect hand carving blocks of polystyrene.
Just need to find someone who can tell me how to create the darn thing.
You would also need a lot of fresh air and a respirator as breathing the fumes would be disastrous.
Any info you can send me on doing molds would be appreciated.
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