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Blood Drinker by piratecaptain Blood Drinker by piratecaptain
Hey all, just the final for the battleaxe I've been working on. It took so long to make. All those skulls on the shaft are carved in, which is really what took so long. About halfway up the shaft I was kicking myself for doing it, especially since they didn't come out as nice as I was hoping.

Anyways, you know the drill, all handmade with absolutely no power tools, mostly done with chisel and utility knife. Time is roughly 29 hours.

Everyone have a Happy Halloween as well, since it's that time of year!
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Rafe15 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
So this whole thing was carved from wood, thats pretty good for wood.
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fixinman Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You must have quite the chisel set.
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nope, I just have the 1/4" chisel. I just use it in different ways.
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Maethori Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Student Artisan Crafter
I love your colour choices...and the painstaking skull pattern on the handle.
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm really glad you like it! I was a little worried about the colors, so I'm very glad you like those too. Thanks a lot!
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Suraii Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
Cool! greatly done!
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot!
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JonsProjects Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
Wow, amazing detail.
The carving on the handle really shows your patience and determination.

I also really like the paint job, the blade and carved section look like real metal.
Any tips on how you achieved this?
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot for the kind words! As for the painting, what I did was spray a white primer onto the whole thing, and then on the "metal" parts, just took a flat black acrylic paint and rubbed it onto the primer coat. The primer shows through just enough to create that gray color, and the black doesn't coat real evenly when it's rubbed on, which gives it a non-uniform darkness. And then the blade edge, since I figured it would be sharpened, and therefore more shiny, I just sprayed it with a metallic silver.
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JonsProjects Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
Nice, never thought of rubbing paints on instead of just spraying or painting them.
Gotta experiment a bit.

I got some metallic paint which has been sitting in my annex for about 2 months now aswell, gotta give that a test.
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I learned a lot about alternative painting from my last couple projects, especially combining spray and acrylic. Good luck with your experiments!
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insanitywolf-chan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd have to agree with Fedha: The carved skulls are my favorite part. The entire thing is good, though the spare bit of wrap threw me for a moment. (though I did just get off work, so that might say something).

Love the colors on this, and how shiny the edge looks :)
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, the extra wrap was a toss up as to whether to keep it on or not. But in the course of playing with it, I thought about actually using it. I figured the extra could be wrapped around the wrist or hand in case it was knocked out of your hand and you wouldn't lose it. Or you could throw it a short distance and collect it easily. Anyways, I'm still not sure I like it so we'll see. I like how the colors turned out too. I was trying to give it a used and kind of grimy texture to it, but the edge I figured would be sharp for use, and therefore the shiny. And being a sucker for shiny things myself, I couldn't help it. Thanks!
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insanitywolf-chan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome :)
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FedhaNyuni Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The shiiiiny. :wow: I think the carved skulls came out well. It's what I really love about this piece. :D
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I really liked those as well. They were quite fun to do actually, and inspired me to do the little skulls on the shaft. Course, now I hate the little ones, and therefore the big ones share a little of my hate. Just a little. Thanks!
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tkyzgallery Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
good job! I like the finishing! it looks heavy. How did u paint it? Hand painted or spray?
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! It's not too heavy, but does have a nice swing to it. I used mostly hand paints as I was trying to give it a used and kind of grimy texture to it, so spray didn't work too well. But the edge of the axe is spray. Thanks again!
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tkyzgallery Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
if it looks heavy then its good! cuz u're giving weight to it which is not there, so i feel the painting job contributes to it, therefore making it look more realistic.

yes, the 'aged' look u gave it looks good and fits it well.

looking back at your progress pic, I can see that the blades are made of wood, but how about the skull? wood too? it looks good. it must be difficult to carve it..
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yup, those skulls are wood too. They weren't too bad to do, actually. I did those on a separate piece, then just cut them out and glued them on to the axe. The axe actually was inspired by doing them. Thanks again, I appreciate your comments!
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gryphonsshadow Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
you work vary hard on this, I bet I would have cut my hand over a 100 times if I did that amount of skulls.
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, well, let's just say I've got some scars on the way from this one. It's kind of hard to hold without putting your fingers in the way of the knife sometimes. Of course, it took me a couple cuts to realize gloves would be a good thing. Thanks very much!
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Gin-Kusanagi Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
I got some new stuff posted. You should probably check it out; you might see something you wanna make ^w^.
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'll be sure to take a look!
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Temeraki Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Student General Artist
That's crazy work! All those details, I wouldn't have the patience. Nice work!
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much! As for patience, I just about ran out of it myself on this. Oi. Thanks again!
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Karumaru Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
good work...
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Karumaru Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
looks cool.... good work :)
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captain0marauding Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008
Wow, that looks really cool!
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks very much!
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captain0marauding Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2008
You're welcome. It does feel like a Halloween type of thing. But you actually uploaded the same photo twice XD It's the one where it has the ribbon on the handle all swirly.
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yeah, I saw that. Thanks for pointing it out though!
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captain0marauding Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2008
No problem. I see that you've fixed the picture XD
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Malant10 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow pirate thats pretty nice and taking in to accordation that its all handmade makes it all the better, lol how much time does the skull carved hilt take away from that 29 hours? Very holloweenish as T.M.M said.

Well done,
-Malant
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Glad you like it! Oh the skulls. Probably about 10 hours went into those little suckers. Glad you like it! Thanks so much for the kind words.
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the-mirror-melts Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I can see the dedication in carving the skulls. Nice work. And yes it's very halloween'ish
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piratecaptain Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks so much for your kind words!
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