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Creating the Nether Build Contest Prize

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avatar Cyprezz
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Level 69 : High Grandmaster Group
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Hi PMC!

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

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.
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Update #2 : 07/31/2020 9:47:11 amJul 31st

Planned and started carving. See main description for full log with images.

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07/30/2020 9:09 am
Level 29 : Expert Nerd
Ang333
Cyprezz wears sandals confirmed! I wonder what it is
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07/19/2020 5:06 pm
Level 27 : Expert Musician
OCEAN_F1SH
whoa man it's the PMC god making a box
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07/19/2020 5:06 pm
Level 27 : Expert Musician
OCEAN_F1SH
i don't get it
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07/19/2020 5:05 pm
Level 27 : Expert Musician
OCEAN_F1SH
how are you going to ship us this box? Do we need to give you our house address?
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07/29/2020 9:08 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Group
Cyprezz
Yeah, I'll ask the winner for permission to ship it.
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07/19/2020 9:18 am
Level 39 : Artisan Nerd
WbMystery
bOx.
I can't wait so see how it turns out...
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07/18/2020 10:03 am
Level 1 : New Miner
Hexx24
Funny how the first picture with the trees looks kinda like minecraft
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07/17/2020 2:07 pm
Level 32 : Artisan Birb
Ineylan
Quite...originally...
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07/17/2020 11:06 am
Level 25 : Expert Toast
mouse36
hold on, is that a HUMAN ARM?
is that your servant or what?
(like i thought you were a cyborg)
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07/20/2020 10:06 am
Level 53 : Grandmaster Cyborg
Bertiecrafter
A cyborg is not fully a robot, only one of his arms is human.
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07/25/2020 9:32 am
Level 25 : Expert Toast
mouse36
yeah but there are two
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07/17/2020 9:50 am
Level 26 : Expert Archer
Kwanatla
Looks like it's gonna be a block... of some kind or other...
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07/16/2020 4:06 pm
Level 20 : Expert Button Pusher
Mayonnaise2124
Are you... making nested boxes?
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07/16/2020 4:49 pm
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Group
Cyprezz
Nope. After next update, I think everyone will know what it is.
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07/16/2020 12:50 pm
Level 21 : Expert Creeper
CreeperKid_
I want A crafting table with a Cyprezz action figure
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07/16/2020 12:12 pm
Level 72 : Legendary Hero
Captain_JEK
Cyprezz crafting
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07/15/2020 11:32 pm
Level 30 : Artisan Nerd
Earthboi
i want a wooden box!
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07/16/2020 9:43 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Group
Cyprezz
haha. not done.
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07/15/2020 8:43 pm
Level 48 : Master Architect
TotallyNotMe
Lowkey a fan of that Japanese saw o.o
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07/16/2020 9:43 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Group
Cyprezz
It's my first and won't be my last. Love it. It's a Japanese pull saw. Excellent for precision cuts because the blade is very thin and the saw is easy to handle.
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07/15/2020 6:51 pm
Level 42 : Master Sailor
ConeBone69
that's cool, I'm excited to see the progress
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07/15/2020 6:46 pm
Level 48 : Master Nerd
Wildcard_Gamer
block of netherack or something
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07/15/2020 5:10 pm
Level 15 : Journeyman Waffle
DogManYellow
what is it?
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07/15/2020 5:20 pm
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Group
Cyprezz
It's not done yet. Still several more phases to go.
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07/15/2020 4:32 pm
Level 37 : Artisan Artist
Whiteout-
ooh cool
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07/15/2020 4:25 pm
Level 50 : Grandmaster Princess
CaraRose
oh I want it so badly whatever it is :D
also I like your hands ^^
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