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« on: November 11, 2008 07:30:18 AM »

I don't believe I can post photos directly at this time, but I couldn't hold out much longer so I've posted links.  I wanted to share my Jack-in-the-box (or rather Jacka$$-in-the-box) Kim Jong il.





He's made of super-sculpey with cloth arms (yes, you can see stitching on the shirt and I even sculpted a zipper!).  The arms each bobble separately and the figure itself also bobbles.  His glasses are made of wire and shrinky-dink and the box is wood.  The handle turns, and although there is resistance there is no music or anything.  The whole thing stands about 10" high.

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« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2008 07:40:29 AM »

Oh, wow, haha, I think this is absolutely fantastic and clever. I think you should make more of these.
What kind of paint did you use?
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« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2008 07:45:54 AM »

The paint was just basic acrylic crafting paint (except for the green of the box which was spray-painted).

I will be taking a 3D Illustration course next semester so I'm looking forward to creating more three dimensional stuff. I'd never really done much like this before.

eta:  After painting the entire thing was sprayed (fabric too, but the glasses were removed) with clear satin spray paint.
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« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2008 09:11:58 AM »

 Shocked That is awesome! He is so detailed! I love that he's hiding a missile behind his back and doing the Dr. Evil pinky-finger thing.  Cheesy What an adorable little dictator! Much better than the real-life Kim.
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« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2008 11:08:45 AM »

That is so amazing, what detail! I love the contrast between the fact that its a childrens toy and souch an adult subject kinda like political cartoons. :^)
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« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2008 11:47:10 AM »

JackA$$ in a box - SO funny!

(and such great work - very nice)
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« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2008 02:34:42 PM »

This is one of the greatest things ever! It's just fantastic and wonderful, hahaha, I just love it!
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2008 07:25:34 PM »

hee hee hee hee hee!
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« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2008 11:35:24 AM »

if only he was really that small and in a box.
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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2008 07:30:35 PM »

Does he actually pop out? 

This is awesome.
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« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2008 04:03:21 AM »

Unfortunately, no he does not pop out.
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« Reply #11 on: November 23, 2008 01:48:20 PM »

That's amazing. You must be so patient. How long did he take to finish?
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« Reply #12 on: November 23, 2008 06:37:18 PM »

I can't even begin to venture a guess as to how long it took.  I know it wasn't exactly a speedy process tho'.  The hardest part was finding springs that were strong enough to hold but would still bobble the moving parts if bumped.  When I sprayed it with clear acrylic spray I sprayed the entire thing at once and at first I thought I'd ruined the fabric shirt sleeves, but after it dried they looked better than they did originally.
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« Reply #13 on: November 23, 2008 08:14:28 PM »

I looked everywhere for springs like that last year - and then settled on doing a bobble head instead because I couldn't find anything.

I just assumed you had reworked an actual working jack-in-the-box.  Now I am even more impressed!
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« Reply #14 on: November 26, 2008 02:15:21 PM »

I looked everywhere for springs like that last year - and then settled on doing a bobble head instead because I couldn't find anything.

I just assumed you had reworked an actual working jack-in-the-box. 

Nope......the box is made of wood.  As for springs, I went to the hardware store and bought a variety of springs then took them home and figured out which ones had enough length and tension.  In the end one of the arms and the body has a narrower/lighter spring inside a stronger spring (one by itself wasn't strong enough and the next step up was too stiff.  I think I spent more time on the springs than on the hands and face.......although nothing took as long as the glasses because it took a while to get the right amount of shrinkage and the right amount of curl.  You see, if you cut shrinky dink with scissors you bevel the edge and it will shrink with curvature (if you want it flat your best bet is to use an x-acto blade making sure to hold it perpendicular to the cutting surface).  The lenses of the glasses do have curvature to them and then I painted the rims on and put on wire earpieces.
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« Reply #15 on: November 28, 2008 08:13:44 PM »

Wow - I am even more in awe knowing how you did it! 

(I spent HOURS trying to figure out the spring thing - me and some hardware folks who looked at me REAL funny Wink)
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« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2008 08:19:03 PM »

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« Reply #17 on: November 28, 2008 08:21:23 PM »

wow....amazing!
What a fantastic job. I bet people would pay big bucks for this!!
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« Reply #18 on: November 30, 2008 09:31:23 PM »

I just discovered your work tonight! I had to stalk you to look at all of it, and in the end I came to this piece! I love it! It makes such a statement, and is very well done.
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« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2008 11:15:00 PM »

I like the bombs hiding in the back, nice job!
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« Reply #20 on: December 18, 2008 02:17:26 PM »

this is without doubt one of the most amazing things on craftster!! i love what you've made, and i LOVE your subject matter.

also thanks so much for the shrinky dink advice - im about to embark on my own personal shrinky dink adventure, and am a bit nervous about the actual heating part and it shrinking all bent and curled.......*duh duh duhhhhhh*
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