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Snare Devil Followup

Last month I posted about the little devil with a snare drum I made for Evan from North Carolina. Since I didn’t anticipate the weight of the sculpted drum it required some kind of base. Evan made his own out of wood after he got the devil in the mail…

A hole in the foot and a small length of dowel  seem to work perfectly for a removable base!

Thanks for sending the photos Evan!

If you’re interested in a custom toy of your own (I can make them as anything you want) drop me a line!

Daily Photo – August 22, 2012 – Snare Devil

Behold the first snare drummer devil I’ve made. The little dowel beneath the snare is there because I forgot that adding a big drum would make the toy fall forward. I made the sticks by sanding down an 1/8″ dowel. Overall I’m pretty pleased with the results! For any snares or other drums in the future I’ll probably make them separate on stands instead of being attached to the devil body.

In other news, I got my hair cut today and it was a pretty great experience. I’ve gone to Sportclips for the last few years but I decided to try Knockouts instead. It’s the same basic premise as Sportclips, but way, way better. I have to admit that I normally dread haircuts because of the chit chat aspect. At Sportclips I would inevitably be asked about some kind of sports… I was half expecting that to happen here, but the gal who cut my hair, Jessica, only asked me one sports question and that was only because I said I work at a golf course. From there the conversation migrated to television and then writing and before long my hair was finished being cut.

This might be the first time I have ever enjoyed getting a haircut. I might have enjoyed it even more if I had taken advantage of the complimentary drink that apparently comes with every haircut. I declined when asked if I wanted something to drink before I realized it was free. Next time. And there will definitely be many next times.

In summation, drums make you tip forward, and Knockouts is an awesome place to get your hair cut. Thanks for having a look, see ya tomorrow!

Daily Photo – August 21, 2012 – Corps Toys


A little devil I made for Aaron who was in BD’s front ensemble last year, and a Phantom Penguin (Phenguin? Eh I dunno) for his sister Marisa who was in PR’s front ensemble this year. Don’t tell her, I think it might be a surprise?

I present these as proof that I can make these toys as whatever you want! If you’re interested in one, shoot me a message!

That’s all for now, see ya tomorrow!

Daily Photo – June 24, 2012

And done with the little devils!

Although the guy on the far right looks like he has some kind of horrible rash… I suppose I could touch that up a bit.

If you’re interested in snagging a BD Little Devil Toy and you’re going to be at a show, shoot me an email at toys@jkire.com to reserve one and we’ll have it in the souvie booth waiting for you! They are $40 each, or $70 for a set of jacketed/jacketless devils.They are approximately 4″ tall and have been hand painted by me!

I’ll be checking in at the airport in approximately 12 hours, I can’t wait to see everyone!

Health update: I don’t know what the heck is going on anymore.

Thanks for having a look, see ya tomorrow!

Daily Photo – June 23, 2012

More progress on the toys, I’m hoping to finish the bodies of the jacketless devils tonight so they can have their capes glued on tomorrow morning. I forgot that I need to paint the faces on the heads that will go on this batch, so I will try to get that done tonight as well!

I feel like the purple sections could be more even, but I don’t really know the exact mix of blue and purple I used. That could potentially make mismatched spots that look just as uneven. I’ll just claim it adds character!

Health update… at the moment I’m feeling alright. This morning the hives came back in a big way, and my top lip was pretty swollen. Crossing my fingers for nothing weird like that to happen again tomorrow so that I can be as healthy as possibly when I fly out to California on Monday!