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« on: March 01, 2014 03:16:20 PM »

Okay, I'm actually sculpting concrete, not clay, but much of it is the same, except that hand fatigue is much worse. So I'm wondering if anyone can suggest metal sculpting tools that offer some kind of protection against hand fatigue? Or if someone can think of better sculpting tools for this craft? You carve when the concrete is still "green", which means uncured, but it's still harder than clay.

A rotary tool and bits work to some degree, but some parts and materials are too delicate and the spinning motion creates crumbles, in which case I have to use hand sculpting tools.
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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2014 01:10:34 PM »

Gosh, you got me on this one.
I was going to suggest a Dremel, but if rotary tools creat crumbles, I'll have to have a think on this one.
Could you come up/research a different concrete formula that would be more amenable to rotary tools?

« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2014 08:28:38 PM »

you may already know this, but enlarging and padding the tool handles can make a big difference.  Make the handles as big as is comfortable.  For a pencil, that may be as thick as your thumb; for a trowel, perhaps an inch or more in diameter.  Smaller hands need smaller handles.

I use self-stick craft foam for my table tools, then tape to secure it.  For concrete, you probably want something more durable.
You can buy pipe insulation at the hardware store that might work well; and there's a kind of coarse open-cell flexible padding sometimes used in shipping that might work well.  Look around your workspace/junkspace to see what you have.   zip ties might be good for securing it, too, but put them away from the grip area or they'll irritate your hands. 

Actually, you can buy specialty ergonomic handle padding, but I like to do it myself and save money.

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