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Calipers - Tools For Sculptors by sharpenr Calipers - Tools For Sculptors by sharpenr
In response to all the sculptors who've asked about this tool, a short description for building them.
The Calipers are made out of aluminum stock found at many hardware and hobby stores. You'll need about 2 feet. It's 1/2 inch by 1/8 inch stock Each piece is 2 inches long including the needle holding ends. You can see how I ground those down to a 1/8 inch end, and into that end you carefully drill a 1/16 inch [or slightly larger] hole at least 3/4 of an inch into the end. This is so you can get a BIG needle [like a carpet needle] and epoxy it into that hole for the pointers.
The thing that makes this work is that you use LOCK nuts, so they'll hold tension. The black washers are common FLAT sink washers for a sink. Once you set the tension of each bolt to what feels good to you, this combination will hold that tension. Every 2-3 years you might have to tweak that tension a bit, but mine have worked for years.
I suggest the use of a drill press and grinder for this, but a regular drill, file and vise will do. [remember to tap all holes for predrilling].
Hope this helps some people. I designed them out of frustration with regular calipers, and they will reach around just about any point for measurement.
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
THANK YOU. I have been in need of something like this. I've been eyeballing things all my life!
I'm making several!
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sharpenr Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010
Glad they help!
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BlackHoleInAJar Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
When I make them, they will!
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blue-moon-legacy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I've used this image here: [link]

I really hope you like it. ;)

Thanks :hug:
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sharpenr Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
I'm not sure exactly what you did with it, but thank you for linking it to your picture. Take care!
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blue-moon-legacy Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
haha.. if you look at her right arm, its sort of blended in. She's a Cyborg, so she's part human, part machine. :D
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srmkcs Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009   Traditional Artist
es una muy interesante erramienta para tus trabajos :omfg:
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sharpenr Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Thank you very much!
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srmkcs Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009   Traditional Artist
your welcome
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Glori305 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
I am going to have to try to make these!
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sharpenr Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
It helps to have a drill press, but it can be made with a good drill and vise if you're careful. I hope they help you out!
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Glori305 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008
Heck, drill and a vice and a husband, I am dangerous with power tools!
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EbolaSparkleBear Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
I bet you could make a fortune selling these things to dentists. Those sadists love anything that look painful :giggle:

I'll have to try and make me some of these. Cool work. :clap:
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sharpenr Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
How did you know? Kidding! Thank you so much for the fave, I hope they help you out!
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EbolaSparkleBear Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
Oh I suck, I'm just a neophyte. I'll probably impale myself. But thanks for the support =)
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RennardX Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks dangerous. I like it. XD

Really though, I hadn't even thought about that aspect of sculpting before. Measuring and all that. Interesting. I can see how these would be helpful in such a case.
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sharpenr Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007
Lot of people say that :D
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fauxalice Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
Good idea! I've been getting more and more into sculpture and a good set of tools is always a nice thing to have around. This is a very good idea, kudos for it.
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sharpenr Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007
Thank you, I made them to overcome the shortcomings of regular ones. Thank You!!
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Tyne2010 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2007
Very nice shot. I love those things. They're extremely helpful - even out of sculpting. I sometimes use them to measure curved distanced between gaussian filters and my camera lense, so I can set the holding arm to appropriate distances.

Oh, and it also looks like a Horseshoe of Death in that picture. =)

~Arman
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sharpenr Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2007
Some of the girls have said they'd be usefull in a bar fight :)
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fasterfind Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
Way cool!
Sculpting is fun.
Made a clay hookah last week. Perhaps I ought to upload a pic for the world to enjoy.
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sharpenr Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
Thank You!
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H-I-M Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007   Artisan Crafter
:o oh.. hmm... never used one of these before...
i guess im just naturally good at getting proportions right... what else do you use them for?
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sharpenr Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007
Thats their only purpose and used when you have to be really accurate. Some people don't use them, but they often help avoid mistakes when you can't afford to make one. I don't think Arthammer uses them, but many pros do.
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H-I-M Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007   Artisan Crafter
oh... hokay....the pros i know dont use them.. ive never seen one before!
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
They are a real help when your trying to lay them out. I know smelly bug is huge in using them. i use them heavily when checking over all for a match up. Really one of the best inventions, any time i can save on a sculpt is like soo worth it *laugh*

I can eye ball things and do pretty good. but the calipers really help when you need an exact match.
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H-I-M Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007   Artisan Crafter
:thumbsup: ill have to get me one of those then! thanks ;)
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AliasGhost Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
SWEET, that looks ALOT more useful than the one I have, curved calipers suck when your working at the bottom of a sculpt.
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
They are brilliant!
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sharpenr Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007
Just glad if they help anyone out :)
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shalonpalmer Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007  Professional Artist
Looks like they work really well... and it takes all the normal annoyance out of the traditional sets. I may have to give building a set of these a shot. I've only gotten more and more frustrated with the sets I have. Thanks for this!!

But, they also look like a medieval torture device!!! I could see how you recommended shapestrong to carry them in bars!! :giggle:
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ShapeStrong Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2007
I have a pair and trust me you will BE SO THANKFUL when you have them. they are a dream!
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sharpenr Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007
You're welcome, and thanks for the fave!!!
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resuki Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007  Professional
That thing looks spooky. I would never guess from looking at it that it's for sculpting.
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sharpenr Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007
Shapestrong has a pair. I suggested she keep it in her purse when she went to bars. Yeah it's for measuring points on a sculpt, especially when you have to reach around a limb or area regular calipers won't reach.
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resuki Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007  Professional
:XD: Really does look like some kind of weapon.
Learn something new every day. :)
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operative274 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007
:O_o: and just because I'm BLISSFULLY ignorant on the subject....what is this used for exactly?
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sharpenr Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007
Calipers are used to measure the artwork with the needle tips and transfer those measurement to the sculpt. It helps keep the proportions and details exactly where they should be. I often actually use the needle tips to mark those points in the beginning of the sculpt. When I'm finishing up, you use them just to measure and make sure everything is matching up with the details.
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Kyttee Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Thx for the explanation! ^_^
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sharpenr Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2008
You're most welcome!
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operative274 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007
Ahhhh - gotcha. Very clever :)
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