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    G'day All
    Next year 2020, is the Chinese new year of the Rat and I have been puzzling a nice design for a carved rat for my long time Chinese friend..I mean to say...........What is there about a rat that makes a person all warm and snugly inside ??? Problem Solved!!! I was perusing the summer WCI issue 87 and came across Frank Napoli's tutorial for his Snobby Rat, and decided it was just the very thing! I decided to start early in case it didn't work out. But I think it did, I made some changes such as, I had some small glass eyes from another carving so used them along with some short brass beading pins for his gold studs and buttons. Mr Napoli advised cutting off the tail and carving it separately. But then had an inspiration (Believe me! doesn't happen often ) I broke some small branches from someones weeping willow, picked what I thought was the right size, made a simple form with small dowels in a scrap of MDF allowing me to bend the branch to the shape of the rat's tail,I then nuked it in short bursts to dry it and set to shape........GUESS what?? it worked and now I have no worries about short cross grain problems, just hope my friend likes him...

    My apologies for being so long winded, but was excited with the willow and thought it might help someone else out of a problem. I also forgot to mention that Mr. Napoli's pattern was for a rat 8" high but I didn't have any large stock sooooo mine is his little brother at only 4"

    Regards
    John
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    Last edited by Blinky Bill; 07-26-2019, 12:39 AM. Reason: Reason for showing the eye dropper in pics? cutting the end off makes a pretty good bottle and glass

  • #2
    Great carving, good ideas, John, I like him a lot.
    Herb

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    • #3
      Thanks for checking him out Herb, he was a fun project.......
      John

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      • #4
        Hi John
        I think your rat is just wonderful, thanks for the tips, I am betting your friend will treasure it always
        Bruce

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        • #5
          Hi John , Great Detailing in such a small Piece of Wood. Good Job . Merle

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          • #6
            Well done, John! The tail was a great idea!

            Claude
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            • #7
              Hey John, what an elegant little rat! The tail turned out very nice, and the eye dropper for the bottle and glass..great idea! Is the vino paint?

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              • #8
                Very creative piece, John, and excellent ideas. An attractive scene with excellent detail for such a small figure...fine all around.
                Bill
                Living among knives and fire.

                http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                • #9
                  Great carving John.
                  Joe

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                  • #10
                    Nice job, John! I like the tail solution...I'm filing that away for future use. Your down-scaling was also a good idea...we have to remember that what we carve has to be an appropriate size to be displayed or it will be relegated to a shelf in the hall closet. That recently occurred to me as I continued carving pieces for a large nativity set.
                    Arthur

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                    • #11
                      Thanks to everyone for the kind words about my rat and I'm glad that my idea for his tail might be a help to others.Sappy, the wine is a mixture of 2 part epoxy and Tempera powder paint (a powdered paint for young children) Thanks for asking

                      Regards
                      John

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                      • #12
                        I started to say nice rat, but I will say very nice carving of Mr Rat. I never liked em, and Dad and I were going to load a load of straw out of the barn. He said you get in the barn and throw them on the truck and I'll load. From that experience I learned to roll the bales over before picking them up, because when I lifted the bale, he climbed the nearest pole which was my leg, inside my pants. I can't tell you how alful that felt. Dad thought it was one of the funniest things he'd seen. He said I didn't know we had an acrobat in the family until now. I think I remember saying harsh words to him---big grin! Thanks, you brought back a good memory from long ago and I liked the tip about nuking. When you know who isn't looking, gonna have to give that a try!

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                        • #13
                          That's a real nice looking rat if there ever was one! I'm curious to know how you got the glass and bottle on the tray to look so clear like glass, or are they not carved wood?
                          Keep On Carvin'
                          Bob K.

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                          • #14
                            G'day Bob, I did edit my post but the change appeared under the pics, the bottle and glass are cut from the end of a glass eye dropper....Thanks for your comments and interest..

                            Regards John

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                            • #15
                              Very nice John and thanks for the tip on the willow branch works great.

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