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Creating the Nether Build Contest Prize

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Cyprezz's Avatar Cyprezz
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I'm documenting my progress on the creation of the "secret" hand-made prize for the talented member who wins the Nether Build Contest.

Since it's supposed to be a secret, I won't explicitly say what it is but I don't think it will be hard to guess particularly as I continue to update my progress.

Ideally, it will be finished around the same time that the contest judging wraps up. That's my goal but I also want to make sure it's well made.

Log #1 | Constructing the base
Cut six wooden panels. Check! Doing this in my driveway on a hot day... hmm. Having a stable surface vs being hot.

Creating the Nether Build Contest Prize

Cutting wooden support strips to size.

Creating the Nether Build Contest Prize

Aligned the support strips onto two of the wooden panels leaving enough space for the remaining panels to rest on.

Creating the Nether Build Contest Prize

Figured I'd sign my work even though it's going to be sealed closed... :P

One finished wooden box. It is just the base of what I'm creating.

Starting the next phase...

I should have another update after this weekend after running to get more materials.

Progress Log #2 | Start carving the foam board

After finishing the base and it's outer foam board shell, I etched a grid into the sides. I'll smooth out the rough areas later. Quite time consuming to get this "right". Great thing about hand-made art, the imperfections typically end up adding to more character of the final product than you anticipated. Least that's the hope :P At certain point, you have to move on to the next step.

With the grid as my guide, I mapped out a game plan for carving as well as other planned alterations. It's getting dark out so the coloring is heavily adjusted by the camera.

The carving begins! Originally, I wasn't planning on this style of carving. It *was* going to easier. I often have ideas during the creation of something that I can't resist. I'm committed at this point to several nights of carving. It will be worth it.

Here's two sides "done" with initial carving phase. There's another phase of carving on top of this but I'll finish the other two sides first. When you're working on something you've never done before, you end up developing techniques that either speed things up or improve the result as you go. Usually it's best to complete one part of a process before moving on and losing some of the flow you had going.

Will resume tonight with experience and technique that I didn't have when I started. Already liking what it's becoming.

"Finished" Result

Honestly, I wasn't thrilled with the final result but here it is. While I could have continued to work on it, I didn't. XD This was years ago at this point but figured I'd wrap up this blog. In hindsight, I should have sanded before painting.


2 Update Logs

Update #2 : by Cyprezz 11/02/2023 9:38:47 amNov 2nd, 2023

Added a photo at the bottom of the blog showing the final result. It was "done" years ago but it didn't come out the way I hoped.

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02/01/2024 9:09 am
Level 38 : Artisan Wolf Wolf
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That looks epic!
02/01/2024 4:01 am
He/Him • Level 42 : Master Nerd Blockhead
NoahzArkade's Avatar
Who is that random woman in the background?
02/01/2024 8:49 am
He/Him • Level 71 : Legendary Cyborg Programmer
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My wife!
04/01/2024 2:40 am
Level 27 : Expert Ninja
MiniMutant's Avatar
oh damn you got a wife? you've gotta be set for life. you have built a huge online community and you have got a family! dang
04/01/2024 12:18 pm
He/Him • Level 71 : Legendary Cyborg Programmer
Cyprezz's Avatar
I'm happy!
02/02/2024 2:07 am
He/Him • Level 42 : Master Nerd Blockhead
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12/22/2023 1:02 pm
Level 40 : Master Technomancer Waffle
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The trophy is a bit interesting, does it represent the warped and crimson forest together?
11/18/2023 8:56 am
Level 47 : Master Bunny
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yay I get to see what this is like done!
*thumbs up*
very cool
11/14/2023 9:38 am
Level 20 : Expert Crafter
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11/03/2023 1:15 am
Level 42 : Master Miner
ScotsMiser's Avatar
I'm familiar with that sort of foam work for various purposes in diorama making; interesting seeing it employed in a larger scale build.

While it may not have lived up to your expectations, I think the final product came out well 🍻