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  1. Donald


    I have a "graveyard goblet" going. I must say your collection is impressive. It's like Scapa Flow after the scuttling of the German fleet.
  2. Thanks Moab. You probably represented my brother. He was based out of Norfolk and several times represented youthful ignorance. Eventually he retired from the Navy so apparently that Captain's Mast stuff is rather effective.
  3. Yay!! Finally, got 'er in there and sailing along. I plan on carving a stand for it that is a sea turtle, upside down with the bottle resting on it's belly. I "turned turtle the first time I ever sailed one of these. I was by myself, had no clue what I was doing (left the main sheet cleated), and it turned into an 8 hour nightmare of lessons learned. Thus the "turned turtle" stand idea.
  4. True, this one has tried my patience for sure. You must have some Navy background? Most don't know what Captain's Mast is...
  5. Well this is proving difficult. This rascal has been in and out of the bottle 4 times! This morning I thought I had it, until this sailor jumped over board and I hopelessly tangled every line around trying to get him back on board. I'm just going to take a deep breath, count to 10 and figure it out.
  6. Thanks Onni. Hopefully the second one goes in a bit easier than the first. I think it will as I leaned a couple of what "not" to do things on the first. I am a little upset at myself for somehow aligning the seam of the bottle in the worst place possible. ...rookie
  7. Boy just when you think you know something... I spent all day today and managed to get the first of the two catamarans in the bottle. I had to use a small roll of putty to squish the hulls into to keep them straight.
  8. Houston, ...we have a problem. It did not go as expected and I have pulled the one I tried to rig up, back out. I have only minor damage and I think I have figured out a better way to get them in there. Stay tuned, it has only strengthened my resolve to get them in there.
  9. I completely ruined my original bottle by messing around trying to save it from angry epoxy seas. I got goo on the inside and slop for a base so... I got a new bottle. This time instead of epoxy, I rolled up some plastalina in the shape of my "sea base", slid it in and unrolled it. It was a bit hard to unroll so I put it on a heating pad for a while and that helped. Once I had the Plastalina clay tamped down, I rolled up the "sea base" and slid it in. Once in the bottle I flipped the "sea base" over, put some glue on it then flipped it on top of the Plastalina cla
  10. Trying to figure out the best rigging options for getting it in the bottle. I am soon going to try and put the "sea" in the bottle and glue it to the base. ...fingers crossed.
  11. I really love it myself. In case you don't know, Greg Alvey has a website called Folk Art in Bottles. There is a section where you can look up artists alphabetically. If you look up this gentleman,s name, there is a little article written by him on how he does his work, along with some pictures of other work he has done.
  12. I have a SIB collection as well as some folk art in bottles. I found this bottle on ebay, that is both of those. It is so interesting and different, I thought you folks might appreciate a look. It came in the mail today and I found that the artists name is Jim Devaney.
  13. So I ran into a bit of trouble. I mixed a two part epoxy to go into the bottle as a base for my "sea". I'm not sure where I went wrong but it wasn't getting hard, so I put a bit more of the hardener in and swirled it with a stick. It helped some but as you can see there is still a little fluid on the top of what has hardened. In doing all this, it rose the sea level to high tide and messed up my plans a bit. The way I originally had the cats oriented, when flying a hull it would hit the roof of the bottle. So, I have been experimenting with a different orientation so now when the ca
  14. A motley crew for sure. I made 'em a bit shaggy so I could try and get a sensation of motion. The close up photo looks horrible as always, hoping from a distance it looks more like sunglasses than bug eyes.
  15. Crew selection has been made.
  16. Wow!! I absolutely love that build. Very, very nice. Never thought of veneer but it looks superb, as does the translucent sail. The plans, layout, detail work on your mast, boom, vang, roller furling etc. are really so convincing on such a difficult scale. It's so inspiring to see what real artists can do. Gives one something to shoot for. Thank you for sharing.
  17. Thanks Moab, Just started yesterday, but already found out if the basic form is there on day 1 (the epoxy hardens a little quick for me) It's easier to add detail on day 2 because the basic form is hardened, and doesn't move when you add on a bit here and there. I also pulled this old moveable figure guy from a dusty closet and posed him the way I want the sailor to be, then try and bend the wire to the proportions of moveable guy. Challenging but I am finding it an enjoyable endeavor.
  18. I am trying to make some little sailors to sail the Hobie's and it is turning out to be more difficult than I thought. since they are so small. Oh well, thus the life of a bottled ship builder. I found some 2 part epoxy for this purpose and formed some 24 gauge wire to put the epoxy putty on. Obviously with anything new there is a learning curve so consequently, I have numerous partially done sailors that just wouldn't make the cut. I tried to pose them doing what they should be doing when they should be doing it but still a work in progress. I
  19. Gosh exwafoo, I hadn't even thought of that but that's a great idea. I am going to check into that for sure. Thank you! What a beautiful little trawler!!
  20. Interesting thread. Along these lines, I have a bottle in my collection that has some type of either mold or calcium deposits or something on it. I have had this bottle a while with no plans to clean it as it looks hauntingly unique, but I'm curious if anyone has any idea what this might be inside?
  21. Finished up my sails, I probably made 8 or 10 between spraying the wrong colors, getting battens on too large, my dog actually ate my finished jib sail but all is well in the end. I ordered some numbers which arrived but I miscalculated and they are too large, so I've ordered more. While I wait, I turned my attention to the sea. I am going to try something different so these initial steps are just a test. I think it will be too difficult to create the ocean, or sea that appears the way I like because this Asbach bottle is so long. I got some acrylic modeling paste and smeared it on some waterc
  22. I need to figure out the correct font size for numbers and order some off the internet for the sails. I am just getting going on these sails but I really, really like how the one that is close to done acts, feels, and looks. Seems really appropriate for the scale. If you guys are interested, on you tube Tom Lauria has a video on making sails from silkspan that is very good. I have deviated slightly but so far it seeks like nice stuff.
  23. I carved up an inflatable buoy to use as a race marker. I decided to change the color scheme so it looks a bit more realistic that these two would be racing. I cut the sails out of silkspan and taped them off, airbrushed some color on them. I decided to make battens by glueing some 40 gauge magnet wire onto silkspan strips corresponding with the color of the stripe, then glueing that on the sails.
  24. I have re-done the "decks" numerous times with different materials and I am still a bit unhappy but I'm going to press ahead. I am actually waiting on a few materials to get mailed to me, but it is slowly coming along.
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