About Me - Inside the Workshop

I’m a Construction Worker!

Let's start at the beginning. I can't deny that I'm pretty happy with my workshop, but the way it's now, isn't how it has always been. About two years ago, this place was nothing more but an empty attic at the farm I live. Everything, from walls, plumbing, electric sockets, to an extra window needed to be installed: Problem was, I had little money to get it done. So bravely, my father and I took up our power tools (and the occasional band-aid for me) and set to work ourselves!

About 15 blisters later (commonly known as ‘three months’), my dad and I were finally finished. As you can see in the purple image at the bottom, we added a complete new room with a ceiling that is strong enough to be used as a mezzanine. The blue image shows you the entrance to my ‘Women-Cave’. To give you an idea of how high this space is: The wall we added is 3.5 meters tall. Needless to say we’ve become quite agile in the time we worked here.

No More Ugly Duckling

And this is an overview of what my workshop looks now! Notice the extra window in the back that wasn’t there when I took the ‘In Progress’ pictures I took above. Most of the furniture I got is from good old Ikea. With a little paint job, you can really make it your own.
One of the reasons why I like a big(ger) workshop – aside from the fact that my clumsy nature is less prone to bumping into fragile artwork – is that I get to have designated sections. This particular spot is where I do all of my painting. It’s set directly across the entrance.

I do have an airbrush and fully admit that I imagine this makes me an insta-cool person *cough*, but- ehm… I still have no clue how to use it. Don’t tell anybody. I’m practicing. Honest.

Kitchen Made

On the other side, next to the entrance is where I’ve placed my kitchen. It’s right in the middle, in between my paint table and my sculpting spot and it has a walk-in closet right behind it, where all the boxes, finished dolls ready for sale etc are stored. I’m not going to show you this, by the way, because it’s a serious mess. Ironically, due to lack of space.
No need to work all the time. I like to hang out with Mr. Bean’s Teddy look-alike.

Serious Business

And this is the area I spend the most time. The two sculpting tables in the front must be my most beloved furniture. I LOVE the ability to walk around my project and to change the height of the plateau when I need to.

The big kitchen table is mostly used for making small sculptures, like my necklaces, or stuff where I need my magnifying lamp. It is also where I spend time polishing my sculpts and put the new casts together. The back of the table is reserved for casting resin and making molds.

Few pictures, just to give you an impression. Both shelving units in my workshops are primarily filled with stuff that inspires me. From the insanely good sculptures of Philip Faraut, to a few comic books with beautiful drawings.

As you can see, I’m absolutely NOT a big sap when it comes to Solas from Dragon Age: Inquisition. Nu-uh. And he also definitely didn’t break my heart when I was playing that game. Nope. Not ever.

One thing that you’ll notice when you take up sculpting is that there are not nearly enough tools for sale, as most of the things you’ll find are only suitable for large sculptures, or rough finishes. If you really want to get something that will help you do delicate work, you’ll have to make it yourself. In the yellow picture, you can see some hand-made loop tools. Materials range from bass-guitar strings, to acupuncture needles. And I’m ridiculously happy with all of them.

My casting set-up, right behind the kitchen table. I can imagine it is maybe a bit of a let-down to see just how small it is, but this is really all you need to make your own resin casts.

On the right is a regular air compressor. The black pot in the middle is a modified paint tank to serve as my pressure pot. All fresh casts get put in here, to be placed under pressure, so you won’t get any bubbles.

The white object on the left is perhaps the most essential if you live in Humid Holland. It’s a dehumidifier. Without it, it’s almost impossible to get bubble-free casts, because resin really doesn’t like moisture.

To prevent them from collecting dust, I’ve put all molds safely behind the doors of my kitchen unit. Hence their spectacular absence.

Say Cheese

And the final spot I’m able to show you, right before you get out: My photo set-up. Well, is supposed to BE my photo booth. It’s currently being taken over by my PC, until I’ve got money for an extra table. In the meantime, whenever I need to take pictures, I just put my desktop aside, hang the right photo backdrop on the wall and start shooting.

That's it, folks. Nothing more to show you. If you have any questions, or would just like to comment, don't hesitate to contact me.

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