I have ventured off into Plasticville, a little village I knew about in my youth. It was a not-to-realistic collection of plastic structure models intended for model train use. They were mostly snap-together and not of realistic colors. That is, not high scale accuracy. They did the job for tinplate toy railroads.
However, this post is not about this old commercial toy product. Only Illustrating the fact, I have become highly involved in making small objects using 3D printing and plastic materials. Therefore, I must be virtually living in Plasticville, USA.
I will certainly continue with my creative plastic endeavors. I will try to back off a bit, though. The nice part of making high quality 3D plastic parts is, quality demands fine layer printing and that takes a long run time. Time, I will use to get back to my more artistic efforts.
I am making effort to return to wax carving by the good old manual process. I will reserve the CNC carving for the mass-produced items. I want my hand carved effort to be unique items. If needed, I do have the tools for making rubber molds for creating a series from hand carved masters if I desire.
My thinking (for this moment) is to express myself as more of the old school artist. To me that means more creative hand carving.
The rings I make are all one hundred percent hand carved. My thoughts are not to limit hand carving to just rings. I like to make rings, but I only have ten fingers, the last time I counted…
The coming Summer is an excellent time to turn my focus back to the air-conditioned wax carving area of my studio. I can fire up say, a twelve-hour 3D print job run and then switch to the wax carving project. The printer to do its monotonous repetitive motions and I can do my inspirational wax carving motions. Ha!
AIR - Arts Incubator of Richardson
My adult daughter, Shelley, influenced me to join her in a "popup" arts exhibit and 7th annual Crawfish Boil in Richardson Texas. Location is the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 421 Custer Rd, in Richardson, Texas. http://www.artsincubatorrichardson.org/
Shelley produces colored "art glass" through a process of torch firing and colors of glass rods. Most items are beautifully colored glass beads. She influenced me to join with her at the art show and show some of my silver work with her craft.
The crawfish above are 3D printed in my studio and will accompany my display as part of the crawfish boil theme. The smudged background seemed appropriate for the mudbugs...
We were both asked to supply three photos of our work. So I present them here for your enjoyment.
We make a good team. This should be a good experience.
New packaging has been added for my silver jewelry. It is a small plastic bag that is produced with an anti-tarnish ingredient built in. The bags are copper color but still translucent so the item can still be viewed through the bag. The maker claims the bags are effective for at lest a year. User reports say they last much longer than that.
The bags are supposed to darken as they absorb the sulfur gas, a sign they are becoming less effective. I would assume in typical home use where jewelry is kept in a box or drawer, this treatment will last a considerable time. I was born and raised in a steel and coke making town. We thought sulfur filled air and black silver were normal...
I also have some anti-tarnish tabs, about an inch square (bottom of picture) that do the same job when included inside a non-treated bag.
My plan is this will save some polishing of my inventory and provide my customers with a good way to store their occasional use silver.
These items were cast and finished two days before Christmas, 2016. The heart with treble cleft was hand carved from an example in a picture I saw, that someone published. Since my wife is a piano teacher, it seemed necessary to make one of my own for her. Hand carved, it’s slightly different than the original.
The “Fleur-de-Cross” as I call them are my own original design. I can’t say no one else has made these, but these are not copied. I was asked if I could design a cross on a Fleur-de-lis and this is what I produced.
The pendants were designed using Vectric Aspire 8.5, a CNC CAD program. I recently acquired several 3D printers. They are low end plastic filament type so can’t be used to produce wax masters. I decided to make (print) proof-of-concept models with one of the 3D printers. The proofs turned out nice and could be used to show a client a life size example of a new design before committing to the long process of real production.
It is a bit hard to see, the background of the cross pendants is blackened and the high points buffed up to shiny silver. They are very sharp looking and I think they will be popular addition to my collection.
|3d Printed in ABS plastic. For some reason they remind me of the BSA||I'll be making more of these, I think|
|I enjoy 100% hand carving|