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vanessasketch:

What’s this about? As you might have seen me mention, my friend’s wedding is fast approaching this October. We’ve been friends for fifteen years now, and have never been able to hang out often due to living in different states. To cover all the travel and hotel expenses to go, I’m going to have to save up about $600.

So, I am re-opening my commissions officially, and have added a new quick pencil head sketch option!

Are you running any specials this time around? I am! Any commissions above $25 will get a free $5 pencil head sketch, and commissions above $40 will get a free print from my stock.

What about your Etsy store? If you’d like to buy one of the pre-made sketchcards I still have up there, please do! Every little bit helps, and the cards will remain at their discounted price until my stock is cleared out.

And your Patreon? There are select commissions available as rewards through my Patreon, so check those out too! I will continue to show comic previews there, though previews will take slightly longer while I work on commissions. I am still very much on track for launching the comic for everyone this fall.

How do you accept payment? Paypal is the best and easiest way. Payment for commissions under $40 I have to ask for in full up front, above that 50% up front, and the remaining 50% upon completion of your piece.

Anything else to know? I will not draw sexually explicit content or extreme gore (so basically keep it PG-13ish).

Please, reblog and spread the word! :)

rashystreakers

rashystreakers:

Polished and ready for a vinegar bath. I will do many soaks on this, interrupting it only to remove oxidized junk then back in the bath.

So far I am going on 7 hours. I take it out every hour to 2 hours and scrub it gently with baking soda. It has gotten progressively darker but there still isn’t much topography. I am going to leave it in overnight and see what that does. If it still isn’t very good I will go get some ferric chloride from Radio Shack and some gun blue and try another method.

hqcreations

hqcreations:

rashystreakers:

DIY: How to dress a wound using super glue or liquid stitches

Sometimes accidents happen that end with some deep cuts. One could run to the ER and contribute to the backed up wait list and over inflated price of care but why do that when it can be done safely at home. Note: I am not a doctor, nurse or any other type of medical professional. I have come up with this process after having been stitched and dress many times in the hospital and in the field. It is extremely important to keep everything super sterile. These instructions are for the part after the bleeding is stopped.

  1. Gather your supplies. Paper towels to stop the bleeding, acetaminophen for pain relief, peroxide to flush the would of dirt and debris, rubbing alcohol to sterilize the wound and any instrument used, triple antibiotic to keep the wound sealed and an adhesive gauze pad or band-aid.
  2. Take some pain reliever.
  3. Flush the wound. Use plenty of peroxide. Let it fizz and bubble all the dirt out. Use a paper towel to pull embedded dirt out. A queue-tip can also be useful.
  4. Sterilize a razor and shave away excess hair. This step is semi-optional. Hair can be dirty and get in a wound and can make replacing bandages more painful than needed. It only takes a few seconds and if the bleeding is under control then take the time to do it.
  5. Sterilize wound with ALCOHOL. Yes, alcohol and yes it hurts but you will be glad you did it when your cut isn’t infected and turning green. Flushing with alcohol does a few different things, it kills bacteria and helps dry the surrounding area making way for the liquid stitching to stick.
  6. Apply the Liquid Stitch. Pinch the wound shut to keep stitches from going inside the wound. Place a small drop in the center that covers both sides of the cut. Place more dots on either side of the center dot working out towards the end. Note: do not cover the entire wound, it needs to be able to seep a little as it heals.
  7. Keep wound pinched closed while it dries. Do not let the liquid stitching go inside the wound!
  8. Coat the wound with Triple Antibiotic. This stuff helps keep the healing environment sterile and also helps reduce some pain. Keep applying it throughout the day until the wound has healed.
  9. Seal the area with a bandage. This helps keep dirt and other possible infections from getting in the wound. It’s really only necessary at first. After a day or so you want the air to get to the wound and help finish the healing.
How large of a cut is this suitable for?

I have used it as long as an inch and a half long. Length isn’t as much as the issue though as deep. If I am over an 1/8th inch deep I go get my stitches.

Anonymous asked:

Any advice for someone curious about trying their hand at forging? Where do you start?

I can tell you how I started and throw in some tips I have picked up:

  1. You don’t really need a fire to get started. Forges and anvils etc can be pricey and hard to find. In the meantime get some 18 or 20 gauge mild sheet steel and a medium sized ballpein hammer and start making armor over a ball hitch clamped into a bench vise. That’s how I started. The benefits, I learned hammer control and built my stamina for swing larger hammers. You can also swing by your local railroad yard and ask if they have any small rail track sections you could have, who knows they may give you a section for free. Warning: always ask for stuff from the railroad from the railroad. If you get caught taking from the tracks, it’s a felon.
  2. Join a local blacksmith guild. I happened along a guy in a hardware store you belonged to a blacksmith guild where I live. He didn’t have to talk me into paying the $15/year membership at all. I joined on the spot. Since joining I have become so much better. They offer free learning courses and you have live access to people who have been smithing most of their lives. Nothing beats learning from real people.
  3. Join an online blacksmith community. I am a member of this Bladesmith Forum. There you can find inspiration, feedback and help when you can’t figure something out. My bladesmithing has improved over the last year or so because this forum exists.