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Bruce Foxworthy

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    Michigan USA
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    Loving my family, engineering, oil painting, playing piano, building SIB's.

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  1. James: Well okay then, I'll take some pictures and draw up a print for you and post it. It does come in handy and it's easy to make. First thing tomorrow I'm all over it. Catch you then. And no, I don't think any tool we make in our crazy art is all that door busting that we should patent it. What a hoot. Best regards Bruce
  2. James: That will be a danndie! Can't wait to watch your build. Regards Bruce
  3. Whats so cool about using the clay as a clamping mechanism, to me anyway, is that I can adjust the strings to be where they should be as I go along before I glue them off. On top of that, another benefit of using the clay is that it coats the thread a little bit which makes the hairs in the thread stand down. Of course as a result of this interaction with the clay, you can also run your fingers or a tooth pick over the thread to help make this benefit even more effective, but it gets the job done. It will still glue down with supper glue, no problem. I'm not sure I'm making myself clear here but this utilization of the clay as a construction platform method for rigging is a handy tool for me with my ships so far. Who knows what future builds will require? How many times have I needed ten fingers and someone else to help me glue something off. Using the clay as clamps has virtually eliminated that predicament. I Hope this dissertation helps some one out there. But also keep in mind that there are a million six ways to manage your rigging in this hobby. I just thought I'd bring my particular bent into the fray. Here's a picture of how I touch the thread with super glue after it has been clamped down in the clay for tension, using my glue loaded needle.. This just gets the string to stick there.The next picture is of my applying a half hitch to that same line before I glue it off again and then cut the lead line off. Hope that all this makes sense to you guys. Tomorrow I'm going to try and stick her in the bottle. Fingers crossed.
  4. There comes a point when I'm rigging that I move the model to a little pillar of cement that a friend gave me and I start working from there cause it's up in the air and I can see it better and pay attention to my lines. Not only that but as you will see in the next pictures I can use the clay as clamps to hold my lines fast while I glue them off. Notice that I have already put the main lines to go out of the bottle and eventually erect my ship on a card of thin cardboard and then taped it to the cement colum .
  5. Okay guys I've been making some progress this weekend and with any luck I'll have her bottled soon. I thought I'd show you some techniques That I have been using that I don't normally see on the forum. Take this for what it's worth. These are Basically with respect to how I handle the rigging of my ships before they go in the bottle. I've done this same process on quite a few of the ships I have already built in the past and everything worked out okay. As you can see in this photo I have my model stuck down on a piece of the same clay that I use for making my seas for inside of the bottle. It's very sticky stuff.
  6. Daniel: I spent the last three days on the waves and the hull cavity. The largest amount of that time was washing away the clay that got on the bottles side. Acetone and cotton cloth. I still am going to go over all the glass again with some Windex before I put her in. This is the same Plasticine that you recommended to me and it literally melted to a liquid. The color seems to be fine though. Right now I'm in the midst of rigging her up. Hopefully she'll be bottled before the weekend is over. Regards B.
  7. So just the other day I put my bottle on the stove on the warm burner (electric stove), to melt the clay air bubbles away from the sides and bottom of the bottle. Then Like a dummy I got distracted and went to Walmart to pick up a few things. By the time I realized that I screwed up and then got home, I found my sea material all melted into a liquid. No big deal I figured. I'll just put the bottle in it's already made stand and wait for it to cool. Then start making my waves and the cavity for the hull to sit in all over again. I had decided to try an experiment and make a wave making tool using two different sized ball bearings soldered onto the ends of a piece of wire. I've been fiddling around with that tool and it seems to have some promise. Practice and time will tell. Good thing for me that I hadn't yet rigged my ship cause I need to get the hull by itself in the bottle to make it's cavity. Anyway here's a picture of what I started with this tool I made. Before this set back I was about to rig my ship cause she's already to go for that. Ya win some you loose some. Lesson learned. Never leave your bottle when it's on the stove. LOL
  8. John Fox 111: I get that about experimenting. Seems like I'm doing that a lot myself as my builds go along. I just found a way to simulate little blocks on my rigging by just tying a piece of black thread around the ends of the sheets and it looks pretty cool. On this build too, I decided to try using polystyrene on a few things .. Totally new material for me to be working with. But little by little I'm getting used to it's applications and limitations. At this point I have concluded that I need to be building ships that are five or so inches long. This little America, has been a real challenge for me because of it's tiny size. I literally made my anchors out of pieces of black thread. I don't want to build this small again. Fortunately I just found a glass artist that can blow me the bottles I need for these bigger ships I want to build. What a lucky break. An interesting side note is that I have a magnifying head set with four interchangeable lenses of increasing power that I'm wearing all the time on this build. I recently found myself in a situation of being stared at when at our local Kroger's supermarket store while shopping for dinner stuff. I forgot that the dam thing was on my head. HE HE!! Which by the way was comically compounded by the fact that I also went to the store wearing my slippers. Hysterical!! My youngest smart ass son, soon to be Dr. Foxworthy tells me that I am suffering from," Old Man Syndrome," and the only cure for me is to keep doing what I'm doing. Isn't that a hoot? Thanks for your input on my project. I appreciate it especially from the point of view that your work is so magnificent in my eyes and I hope to measure up to your prowess one of these days. Best regards Bruce
  9. Thanks Jeff: I get that. And it's nice to know that. Regards Bruce
  10. Daniel: Boy that was a sobering statement you put forward there for me, and I hope others as well will follow your drift and idea that we all make mistakes,( some of them dosieys), and we all can benefit from the resolutions we find to help us move on in the making of our ship in a bottle. Thanks Daniel. I appreciate your input very much. That said, I will continue to show my progress on America, as I go along. Good ,bad, or ugly. Regards Bruce
  11. Exwafoo: I've noticed that the hard spot you are talking about, ( I'm assuming you are using a bamboo skewer), when using a draw plate is a result of how the bamboo grows and when I come across that situation, I often times have to pick another piece of bamboo skewer and start all over again. Even though it means more work for me, cause you can't always see that that growth ring is there when you start out using the draw plate. I would rather have a nice straight mast or yard than one that has the growth ring kink on it. I'll always use whatever I got out of the draw plate somewhere down the line. Regards Bruce
  12. Thanks so much Daniel. That means a lot to me. I'm so worried that this little guy won't make it down the hole and stand up OK. I think this is the last build I'll publish as I'm going along with it. Cause who knows what will happen in the making of it. Especially because I am such a novice at all the rigging and such. Anyway thanks again. I'll keep pushing forward and hopefully their will be a nice conclusion. Best regards Bruce
  13. Well I'm making progress even though it's not much, I'm getting there little by little.
  14. Jeff: What a Wonderful Journal. Thank you for all of your efforts in producing it for us. Much appreciated!!! I think I can speak for the bulk of our forums members, that for us, what you organized and put forth in this issue is a testament of your commitment for the betterment of all of our understanding of this vast arts complexities. So thank you again, Jeff, for your undaunting tenacity in this endeavor to supply us with so many aspects of our love. We all know how much time it takes to even do this at all. Could I say more? Best regards. Bruce Foxworthy.
  15. What a wonderful presentation idea. Looks great! Congrats Bruce
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