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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Steampunk Is Here!

This is one of those sidetracked days. Well not really. Reginald decided(Did I mention that I have decided that this guy looks more like a Reginald than a Daniel to me?) that we, meaning I, should get the motorcycle going this morning. I spent two and a half hours painting. He spent two and a half hours making suggestions. The motorcycle is no longer "orange ugly" as he called it. It is very Steampunk now. I forgot that it was supposed to be a "to scale" model of the real thing and was purported to have all of the details of the real thing. I painted every nut and bolt on that thing.

I am still not happy with the tail light, of all things. It is too red and plastic looking. I think that the rest of it turned out pretty good, right down to the flames on the gas tank.

When I finished and it was completely dry, Reggie had to try it on for size. He refuses to ride it for real until he gets goggles and an aviator's helmet.
I have his seal of approval so far. He kind of wheeled it around the living room of the cottage to get the feel of it.

I went to put away the huge mess that I made with the paints. When I returned this is what I found.....

Now Tessie wants goggles and an aviator's helmet too....I don't think that she has any idea what either of the items are, but they sound cool and Reggie needs them to ride the bike. She is demanding an "equal opportunity". She heard that phrase during the presidential elections and has been using it since when she wants something that someone else has or is getting.

I guess that we know what I will be doing for the rest of the day. Goggles??? Aviator helmets??? We'll have two of each please. So much for building a house today.

See you tomorrow.


Katie's Clay Corner said...

WOW! That's a lot of painting!! The bike looks great! Right down to the flames on the side!!!

A. Wright said...

Wow, just wow.

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Debbie said...

Casey the bike looks wonderful. Love the Flame motif on the tank.
Tessie doesn't want to miss out on all the action, Bless Her.. You wait once you really get started on the House, she'll be there as well giving her input. LOL..

minis4us said...

Your are truly amazing Casey! I'm just in awe! That motorcycle is amazing! Where do you get all this talent? Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I've gone thru and read your older posts and believe you did touch on your history working with miniatures. But you seem to have so many areas of talent! We should all be so fortunate! LOL! Can't wait to see how this new project proceeds. I'm stil digging thru my stash lookign for that basket fabric. I will email you and pick your brain on that! You are delightful and I can't wait to read each days entry! Thank you so much!

Caseymini said...

Carolyn, I will try to answer your question.....I have been drawing as long as I can remember. I am an only child and whenever I wanted to learn something I would ask my parents.

My dad was a woodworker and carpenter that taught me to use an Exacto knife when I was about 10. My mom was a seamstress and she taught me to sew at about the same age. I was making my own clothes by the time I was 13. If they didn't know how to do something, I would find someone else that did or read books on the subject that I was interested in.

I find that I learn mostly by reading instructions and then just doing it, whatever it is.

If I get interested in something now, it is all at my fingertips. I keep wondering what I did before the computer.....Oh yeah....I lugged around a ton of books to learn. If you want to try to do something, try! If it doesn't come out right the first time, it will get better the second.

It's like the old joke "How do you get to Carnagie Hall? Practice. Practice. Practice." You wouldn't believe how many pieces that I threw out just to aquire a little knowledge of how to do something. I still do sometimes.

I gave myself permission a long time ago to make mistakes. I also gave myself permission to dump something that wasn't working and start from scratch. In the long run, it saves a lot of time and headaches. See the mistake and correct it with the next try.

Sometimes people say "Is there anything you can't do?" My answer is always "I can't swim!". Everyone has something that comes naturally to them. Me...I sink like a stone.