TVvoodoo's Insanitarium (slight return)

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  1. tvvoodoo

    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    last night I dyed the a few small parts of the strap in yellow, where there was a CSB effect. Then the rest of the strap red.
    Not rocket science just a simple sponge operation. didn't stop to take pics because, well dyeing evenly is not a "stop to take photos" friendly operation.

    Anyway this morning the painting of the night sky was the next operation. a few pics. Not really paint, just re-dying with fiebings black dye
    but using a small brush.

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    basically, i like to move from left to right on this stuff, and generally pull stain towards me, not push away. Causes less troubles. I had to
    keep trimming the cheap dollar store brush I was using because bristles kept going awry. Also, sometimes you have to flip the piece different
    directions to get a better angle on stuff.

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    These super closeups are rather cringeworthy to me looking at them on my screen. I am going to have to go back to make sure I got some
    of the details i can see I have missed here. I

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    For real tight spaces I used another expensive specialized tool called a "Frozen Treat Stick Cut To a 37 Degree Angle."
    After this photo I also hummed and hawed about it, but then went in and did the inside of the scallops better along the top of the sky.
    and it really help finish things, and I don't know why it was such a hard decision for me to make. Also took some more red dye and
    plopped one drop of black in it, which got me a dark burgundy which which to do some additional shading with my finger
    on some of the "cave" elements, and mountain-sides so they weren't quite so pure red. It darkened them down just a bit and gave the
    whole piece more depth. Nicer.

    Next step is I have to do some more black dye on a few spokes of the pinwheel part, and let it all dry again, Then some painting with acrylic,
    not a whole lot. There is white on the pinwheel also, the start and moon are white, flames coming out of the volcano
    and the dragon/bird mouth is white and yellow, and there is a green leafy thing on the front part. Actually funny story, on the replica
    I am following it shows as a green leafy thing. on the ORIGINAL, I have not found it's supposed to be another dragon. So the replica
    guy was also unsure what to do because he didn't have good pics either. Whatevs. I am pleased how it's coming along.

    I think I will make another one or two of these. After the painting, I will seal it all with some special sealer stuff. Then I might try to antique
    it a bit, get some dark into the nooks and crannies, to make it all pop a bit more. But I will be doing a test on a test piece first, which I
    am keeping as i go along, going to be a real conversation piece for sure.
     
  2. dearlpitts

    dearlpitts Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Looks cool. Hey I was checking your thread out in the pedals section on TGP, and was going g to put up a few well hung photos, but cannot figure out how to put a picture up over there. Is it still the old way of having to have a link to a photo place where one stores pictures?
     
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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    Yes there is no direct upload to a post like AGF. tgp supporting members do have some ability to upload pics to a personal gallery I think... But it's super clunky and complicated - I don't use it. Best just use a photo host and link with the forum post interface.

    Thank you if you are thinking to give me a little TGP boost, and anyone else is welcome also, if you have a sexy strap porn pic to post. Please no blurry or low light pics on your unmade bed... TGP (and I), are both sensitive to that LOL
     

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    dearlpitts Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Ok thanks
     
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    ART!
     
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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    Thank you Damon! I know you mean that too. (y) Wish I could say it was my own, well maybe not fully, because it's sort of strange, but this piece is much like learning to play a cover song, as it relates to guitar straps. But maybe a fairly difficult one?

    While I am doing this I am thinking of the kind of art I would like to put on a strap. and who the hell would pay for such an abomination!
     
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    It is all so subjective. To sell it you would need a guitar player, inclined to a special strap, with the art subject of his choice, in the art style that spoke to him and have the money to pay for all that work. For instance I would maybe like a strap with a big embossed Yosemite and the tunnel view of the valley along it. With bears and pine trees and a waterfall. Like the tacky trinket I buy there every year :) But I couldn't justify the price for all that work. Its the kinda thing maybe I try for myself when retired.
    As a side note I was in mexico and my mother in law is on a hunt for cheap leather goods especially in alligator to resell on ebay. So we hit a lot of leather stores. I asked all of them about guitar straps and out of dozens of shops only 1 very nice leather store actually had a guitar strap. They were well tooled and patterned. But the leather was like a saddle. Thick and stiff and I think about $115. Fairly unremarkable, uncomfortable and overpriced. For $35 in the same store I could of bought a hell of a nice formed all leather, lined cowboy hat.
    Unfortunately or actually instead I had just bought a more handmade looking, unlined, soft formed leather hat for $25 the day before.
    Id say by the state of guitar straps in Mexico you may want to start marketing down there :)
    I saw the bolts of beautiful soft leather down there and thought what you could do with some of that. Some beautiful stuff in interesting textures and colors. Me and my wife were just fondling it. I said "I wish you'd fondle me more like that." She said "I wish you'd fondle more leather and leave me alone" :)
     
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    I know that this strap is a one off, but if you need to color/dye tooled leather again in the future I would recommend something like these:

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    They're nylon and intended for painting on fabric, so they're much more stiff and you'd be able to work the dye/paint into the texture without the brush fraying. I have some and they work very well. Any art store should have them, the Loew Cornell ones are good quality without being offensively priced.
     
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    tvvoodoo Well-Known Member AGF Registered Dealer

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    Thank you for the postings fellas - I agree, but I'm still fighting against the guys who see no reason to change from a poly "police line do not cross" strap, because
    it was only $12. LOL!

    Didn't work in the strap lab at all yesterday, but a couple more progress shots on the zebo/allman Mountain strap, well, my Well-Hung "cover version" anyway.
    This is after painting the additional fire and star elements, and before fitting the inside foam padding and lining.

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    sewing the lining on the allman mountain guitar strap

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    The originals and other replicas I have heard of are not lined, padded for comfort or stitched like the Well-Hung Mountain strap is.
    Completed pics, with a mate pics, and alone - order up a set from me? Gonna cost about the same as a used paul, but not a '59 burst used. LOL!

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    'round the neck and upper back... we have the foreboding illuminati pyramid on fire element thing, the crescent moon and some very pointy mountains.

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    here we have the second Dragon hiding behind the Active Volcano, and the fabled Mountain Caves of the Five Sorcerers (I totally made that last shit up).
    strap has four adjustment positions between 48" and 56" - covers most.

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    If I'd have had some proper good brain-thinking, I would have put the strap on the right shoulder as a righty would wear it and the pics here would not have been upside down. But, way she goes, b'ye, way she goes.

    Most work I have ever put into one strap. Pretty pleased. If I do a next one, probably turn out better. Won't be doing one for spec though, special order only. No way I'm putting something like this on Reverb and having some guy offer me a benjamin and think he's doing me a huge favour. LOL. I imagine there might be some guy out there wants something like this. Might do one with my sort of silly own art on it, just for the hell of it. I don't mind playing cover songs, but I am songwriter too.

    In my head while I was doing all this I could not help but think of doing a Monty Python and the Holy Grail strap or a Spinal Tap strap. Either of those would be so excellent!

    Also just got this photo in of what the owner calls a " '56 Conversion". I had no idea what that was, so I had to look it up. Rather cool and interesting. Learn something new each day. Here is is modelling what he calls "The most comfortable strap he's ever used."

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