Butane Shanks

Yeah, really? Axully? (actually in wicki-speak)

Randy came home with an idea and handed me his 'make-ready' shanks. Had no clue what hair brained idea Ran-Man had brought to me now :)

Randy's idea

Randy's idea

Obviously, when you are refilling a butane cigar lighter (or any kind of refillable torch), you have to bleed the excess air out of the chamber before you add butane. I learned this when I got my first encaustic mini-torch, but was half-way scared of it. OK, lot scared. I'm such a wienie!

I immediately knew what would look good, and set to work.

An order from Mister Art had arrived with the coolest brown lightly waxed paper as cushion and padding. Took me an hour or more to un-wad it all, and roll it up for "later". I took a piece of the paper and tore it into pieces.

tim Holtz Distress Inkpad and dauber

tim Holtz Distress Inkpad and dauber

I set to work with a couple different colors and distressed the edges of the paper pieces. Next, I used matt medium to attach the pieces to the wood handle.

Messy job, but is working!

Messy job, but is working!

I pieced, overlaid, and created my version of a hand-rolled cigar! Matt Medium coated all pieces. Don't use a heat gun to help it dry either! I did and got air bubbles. After I was sure it was well coated, I got in Randy's stash of cigar bands and picked out a couple that fit all the way around. And, yes, I got them upside down. Whod've thunk that the labels are intended for reading from the business end!

Oh, one more thing. These are the ones he write on the back of to remind him what it was like. OOPS. He has another bag of non-memorable ones. Oh well, good help is hard to find. Finished off the shank end with modeling paste out of a tube, which dried textured and looked like ashes when I got finished distressing it. Added some red pastel for 'glow', fixed it, and called them done.

He made about 20 a week or so later, and instead of paper he soaked some tobacco leaves, flattened them out and applied them to the handle. Really cool. But no images.

Cool, huh? Now if I can just learn not to treat butane as dynamite maybe I can refill my own encaustic torch!

xxoo

 

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