Many people have asked how i made it so i'm gonna tell you
In great detail
I made it because a very nice man asked me to. Challenge accepted!
And i must admit - it really was a challenge
I have spent quite some time scratching my head and thinking 'how da hell am i gonna make this?'
So we're talking about this thing:
I started from the head.
The top was supposed to be shiny so standard wrapping was out of the question. I chose a low dome half round wire instead. That thing is SO hard to bend sideways and i had to bend it to get the head shape. After the bending battle was done i spent an hour fine tuning the shape of the head with various files.
Then there was the jaw. And the bottom of the head. The bottom should have some details so wrapping it worked fine. I measured how much wire should go into it, flattened 20ga wire, filed tiny little teeth in the front of the jaw, shaped it to get a bit of 3D action going there and wrapped it all together with 30ga fine silver wire
Now those 2 parts needed to be attached together
Wrapping was again out of the question because of the shiny head part so i chose solder. BUT! you cannot just solder 999 30ga with any type of solder because it would melt so i used quicksolder which is a bit tricky because it can't be oxidized so you have to be very careful not to get it on any parts you'd like to see black in the end
Then i made the very long spine and soldered and wrapped it to the head/jaw. I'm always afraid things might break or fall apart so i use several ways of attachment wherever possible.
I shaped the spine to get the semi-fetal position
Limbs came next. Those were somewhat difficult because it is very hard to determine exactly how much wire goes into an alien arm. Or leg
Most of the arm is 0,65mm sterling and the leg is mostly 1,0 flattened wire, both wrapped with 30ga fine silver. There's 1 rough black diamond in the shoulder. I made some shriveled, fossilized biceps and triceps, otherwise the arm would just look like a stick with fingers (=lame). The tiny hand has 4 fingers and i wanted to file in some details but they're just too small. I was able to form a foot with a toenail though
I'm a total freak when it comes to details
you can see the toenail in the bottom of the photo
The rib cage and that weird hose they have over their shoulders is 1,0 sterling and the connecting 'tissue' is a bit thinner, 0,65 i think
I also made his ass
Never thought i'd be making alien asses out of sterling silver but here we are
The tip of the tail is cut out of a 0,4mm sheet silver. I have bent it into shape, filed those little grooves in with a needle file and soldered it to the rest of the tail
Then i had to cut out the oval backing. Which was loads of fun because i don't own a jewelers saw. Oh goodie!
So i used the gigantic hardware store metal cutting shears. It is VERY tricky to cut a small curved shape out of sterling silver sheet without:
1. screwing up a bunch of sheet silver (it bends a lot when cut with big shears)
2. cutting your fingers or nails off
3. cutting a squiggly jagged potato of a shape
I avoided all of that by cutting very slowly and having some luck 8D
The oval plate needed some texture to make it look stoney. And i have no texturing hammers or anything like it. Not even an anvil. So i took my crappiest hammer (with ruined, bumpy edges), used it as an anvil and beaten the hell out of the plate. The results were meh. Needed more beating. Lacking the basic tools i had to get creative. I took those gigantic metal cutting shears and used them as an anvil. More precisely i used the bolts on the shears
It was still not stoney enough so i took a bunch of pliers and beaten the oval some more.
After all that beating the oval looked pretty much like a pringles chip so i had to flatten it again. Used the plastic hammer for that (see, I do have one good hammer!
Then i drilled a bunch of holes in carefully planned spots. By drilled i mean punched/filed through with a needle file because i'm way to scared of my drill which can't go under 15.000 rpm so i avoid using any kind of drill bits. If you drill a little, sharp plate without a vise and the bit gets stuck in the hole you can easily lose a couple of fingers so i'd rather do it by hand. The evil 15.000rpm drill
What came next... Oh yes, the bails! There are 2 in the back. 2 because the alien is not perfectly symmetrical and it would hang wonky on only one bail. Those 2 bails decided to be complete scumbags and refuse to solder themselves nicely to the backing. I soldered and removed them twice because it looked like i soldered them with my feet. The third attempt was better so i left it like that. I'm not completely happy with it's appearance but i doubt i would have gotten it any nicer with what tools and materials i have available. That was the "F*** it!" moment of the entire process
i almost always have one
All the body parts behaved nicely when i was attaching them together. The fingers and tail only poked me a bit; they're very sharp. The thing wanted some blood
Then i went back and forth through those holes with various wires
It got an blackening acid bath, i polished it with the evil drill, polishing tabs and a sunshine cloth.
~ FIN ~
"I'm dead i tell ya!!! Fossilized even!!"
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