Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Circuit Overload

Feels like I've done this figure a gazillion times but this one is at least a little different.......He's much taller at about 17" not including the umbrella.  One thing I do know though and that is that he won't be around the Gallery very long.  People really seem to like this figure.  The umbrella frame is made from copper wire, the burnt pieces of cloth from scraps of nylon, draped over the frame and then soaked in superglue.  If you try this technique (and PLEASE, don't copy my piece. This one's mine!) make sure you use nylon as cotton becomes brittle with the glue and will break easily. Nylon won't.

I varnished him about 10 times with gloss, water based Poly and then use Testors Dul-Coat to flatten the upper, burnt part.  The puddle he's standing in is just made from a piece of thin plywood and modeled with Bondo.  Once painted I mounted him in position, mixed up some clear epoxy resin and carefully filled up the depression, making sure to get the stuff in and around his boots.  Once everything was set I mixed up some clear 5 minute epoxy glue and applied it to the lariat to indicate dripping water.  Had to set there and constantly reply the drips until it finally set.  Really makes a nice effect.

Hope you like him and there are more photos in the gallery. Comments welcome as always.


  1. A classic OutWest piece, and one we never tire of viewing again. I bet he is gone before he gets a chance to go to Dayton.

  2. This has always been one of my favorites since I saw him a few years ago and you titled him "don't go roping in a storm". I think Kent is right - he might not even get to Dayton. Keep us posted.

  3. I assume this was the hat you were burning with the blow torch lol
    Hes a classic for sure. I wish I had one.

  4. I really like this one. I idea for the water puddle is great. I will have to keep that in mind if I do a rain scene.

  5. Hey you sure are being missed. Hurry back .I need my video addiction fix, he he

  6. Lynn have a great time in Dayton. Best of luck!
    Ron Flynn