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Deep One fang contents

By HerbertW
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My first official relic commission, and I couldn't be more pleased. The customer asked for a piece similar to my Pacific Coast Relic, but this time I decided to do it right. The tooth cross section is more oval than round, and in addition to a reworked version of that pieces news clipping, I added piece of an antique navigation chart I found online, and printed on paper treated with vinegar and steel wool. The Captains logbook page was hand written. All were baked in an oven to make them appear aged and brittle.

I do admit the photo is a bit washed out, so the objects are actually somewhat darker than they appear here.
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1000x748px 500.42 KB
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10/800 second
Focal Length
6 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 13, 2012, 4:30:56 PM
© 2012 - 2020 HerbertW
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Le-Coeur-GothiqueHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Something in my dreams keeps telling me that this is going to serve as the blade of a ceremonial, sacrificial knife... But the possible misuse of the artifact does not belittle the artist's grandeur.
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I really like this small prop composition. I´ve also sculpted several teeth and other small body parts of fantastic creatures, but only one was ever painted. Something what´s really hard is to find good anatomical references, for example for things like fish teeth or such things. Of course it´s possible to just make something imaginary, but I prefer to make things which have a more anatomically correct shape.
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HerbertWHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Dinosaur teeth would be another good reference. This one was a lot better than my first two attemptd, which had round cross sections. This one was more of an oval shape. I think if I do another I'm going to give it a sharper, even slightly jagged edge like this: [link]
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I sculpted a very large dragon tooth, using the teeth of crocodiles, theropods and sperm whales as a reference, to get something unique which resembles each of them to some degree, but also differs. An oval or drop-shape cross-section is probably better than a round one, but that´s again not always the case. I am not sure if I would add jagged edges (btw, modern monitor lizards have also such teeth), because it would probably not fit those of a fish. Fish teeth are actually often quite boring in shape, even very large and spectacular ones: [link]
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merothHobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work maestro!
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HerbertWHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Why thank you sir!
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Lovely work. Can you tell me your recipe for ageing the paper? i.e. the paper stock you used plus time/temp in the oven?
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HerbertWHobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've used the technique with all sorts of paper, from printer paper, newsprint, to pages torn from a drawing sketchpad. I lay the paper on a clean sheet pan on the middle rack of the oven and set it at around 425. Since paper burns at 451, make sure to stay close and check the paper about ever 15-30 seconds, flipping it over occasionally. You don't want it to burn after all.
After a few minutes it'll start to turn slightly brown. Just remove it when it reaches the required shade. You can get interesting aging effects by wetting the paper first.
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i love these, each one is getting better and better!
i still need to work on my vampire hunters kit, i'm sadly behind, but seeing your stuff keeps me motivated, so please keep going!
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HerbertWHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Many thanks Chibi. I know how hard it is to get motivated, but commnets like yours keep me going. I'd really like to see your vampire kit.
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o yes motivation is hard! BUT yes you do keep me going.
i'm still waiting on a few little pieces and then i've almost got everything to get going.
Yes, i'm one of those people who like to have everything ready before starting XD
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