Inspiration for rendered space

I am going to render a bar made out of a silo bin.  I first heard about constructing buildings out of silo bins a few years ago when a friend of mine built a house from one.  I thought it would be cool to make a bar out of one.  Here are some source and inspiration images

Just some things I have 3d printed

I have been experimenting with 3D printing some shapes to incorporate into my metal work.  I spray painted them and covered them with other materials to hide the build lines.  The bead shapes are covered in sugar and the cone shapes are covered in enamel.  Still have not figured out a way to use them, but I am enjoying trying them out.  

cone shapes covered in dry enamel

cone shapes covered in dry enamel

Covered in raw sugar

Covered in raw sugar

Duplicate and Accesorize

For our next project in CVS we need to duplicate an object and create an accesory for it.   For some reason I am having a really hard time coming up with an idea.  Is everything in my life in perfect working order with zero flaws? Of course not.  A lot of my ideas came out to making some sort of storage unit for tools or other materials I use.  I am sure that comes from my need for obsessive organization.  Unfortnuately making shelving will not cut it for this project.  I will continue to think of ideas and hopefully something will come to me soon.  Any ideas are greatly appcreaited.  

 

Laser Project

For our first laser project in class we have to laser cut boxes out and create designs for the top of the box. Here are some ideas I like. Can you guess what I am making my boxes for?

Some ideas for the box design

Some ideas for the box design

100 drawings, 10 pieces

Over the summer we were asked to make 100 drawings.  After that- our first project at school was 10 pieces.   

100 drawings.  

100 drawings.  

Some of my 10 pieces.  I used some found rusty steel.   

Some of my 10 pieces.  I used some found rusty steel.   

This is probably my favorite.  I like the idea and would like to explore how I can use the tools in the digi lab to make more pieces like this.  

This is probably my favorite.  I like the idea and would like to explore how I can use the tools in the digi lab to make more pieces like this.  

Crafting in Virtual Space

I have made some pieces with the laser etched steel.  Not sure if I like them, but still having fun experimenting.   

It is hard to see but the squirrel has a wallpaper pattern etched on it.  The squirrel has enamel on it.  The rest are spray painted first.  

It is hard to see but the squirrel has a wallpaper pattern etched on it.  The squirrel has enamel on it.  The rest are spray painted first.  

I made this cube out of steel, spray painted it, and then etched a different pattern on each side

I made this cube out of steel, spray painted it, and then etched a different pattern on each side

A finished pin 

A finished pin 

Crafting in Virtual Space

I have started a new class at SUNY New Paltz taught by Arthur Hash.  For the class we are supposed to keep a blog.  So check back here to see what I am working on! 

For the first project we are working with the laser cutter on 2D projects.  The laser cutter will not cut through metal, but will etch into the surface, if you have a coating over the metal.  I spray painted some metal and then used to laser cutter to etch in some patterns.  Not sure what I will do with them yet.  

Steel spray painted and then laser cut

Steel spray painted and then laser cut

Belt buckle challenge

Last year I made my first belt buckle for the World Championship Belt Buckle Competition.  It was made of squirrel fur, perforated steel and copper.  I really enjoyed making one so I decided to try again this year.  Since I am currently enrolled in an experiment enameling class at Lillstreet Art Center- I wanted to incorperate some of the techniques I learned.  I really like the look of the screen imbedded in the enamel.  I also like keeping the ash and dirt from the kiln on the metal so it shows up on the white enamel.  Here are some pictures of the finished product and some samples from my class.  

Front of Sparkle Crunch

Front of Sparkle Crunch

Back of Sparkle Crunch

Back of Sparkle Crunch

Samples from class

Samples from class

Gold plating

I have begun to experiment with gold plating.  I really love the look of gold- but not so much the price!

Gold plating allows me to experiment with gold but without spending a lot of money.  I construct the piece out of steel and then send it into Red Sky Mountain.  I ordered 24 K satin finish.  I am pretty happy with it but I would like to try to get a two toned look- steel and gold- for next time.

Gold  plated steel posts

Gold  plated steel posts