Thursday, June 14, 2018

The feet that make a heart dance

This next project is pretty cool... My son Evan had an idea. He wanted to make a necklace for his girlfriend for Mothers Day.  The final result shown below:
He had the idea to some how use a digital picture of each of his kids feet from their Birth Certificates. After a general collection of the images we had we came up with an idea of using one footprint from each of his two sons, and making a heart necklace.
 
Next we used Photoshop to arrange them as opposites and in a fashion that would fit into a heart shape.


Next we used some more photoshop trickery to get the final image correct.
Next we used DeskProto v7 and its many features to create the carved feet in machined wax.
It's pretty cool how DeskProto uses an image in Lithophane mode to convert a photo into 3D objects.
DeskProto also let us do simple 2D work like the Heart shape channel

We cut the wax on my Pocket NC. Evan wanted it petite like the size of a dime. so its a lot of detail to cram into a small piece. 
Finally we cast the piece using PMC Sterling Clay and fired it in my Evenheat Kiln

And then we added the enamel and next will be polish.
And that is how you make a mothers day gift with some passion.



Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Been a little busy starting a new Retro Salon in Denver

I've been a little busy starting a business...



Located in the heart of Capital Hill, we offer Gold Star service. Our staff & edgy environment will take you back to the British Invasion, when the Beatles ruled the radio, gogo boots rocked, and the Twiggy pixie cut was all the rage.

London Alley Salon
1233 East 13th Avenue, Denver, CO 80218
(303)-830-0333

A little help from my friends...

This is a Soap Bar project my friend Rob Stein is doing. He started with a ZBrush Model. He then imported an STL file of it into Fusion 360. And then he created the CAM Tool path. I added a CAM Pattern to get the footprints machined a little more efficiently. Rob is a life long graphic artist. He has a tremendous portfolio and diverse interests.

Friday, January 20, 2017

MC Escher's Dragon 1952 2D Image realized as a 3D Artform

I've been enamored by MC Escher's work since my youth. MC Escher is one of those larger than life individuals that everyone can learn from. This DRAGON is a work of his he did in 1952. It has some incredible features that are very interesting and pleasing to the eye.
This image stood out as having potential to be realized into some 3D Art Form. I was able to take this image and create a Workflow that allowed me to carve it in 3D WAX. I'm rather happy with the results as you can see in the image below.



Saturday, November 19, 2016

Work·Flow ˈwərkflō/


Noun: the sequence of industrial, administrative, or other processes through which a piece of work passes from initiation to completion.

This incredible Bear Growl image is the basis of this work... The original image was a 2D flat color bitmap.
Fusion 360 I was able to create a Full 3D Model using the 2D Image as reference.
I needed FUR and ZBRUSH Allowed me to add great detail

DeskProto Machining software allowed me to create tool paths for this model with little effort.

I used my Pocket NC to machine the Freeman Gold Jewelers Wax model. Wax is 2" wide x 2" high.



After Firing the PMC 960 in the Kiln. This is prior to blackening with Liver of Sulfer and prior to final polish. Doesn't look that great at this scale but considering it's only 2" diameter it actually looks fantastic to the naked eye.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Monday, October 31, 2016

A little validation checking

Validating the accuracy of the Pocket NC

This is a positional check for X and Y. Are they centered about A and B Centerline? There are 2 checks that can be made. 
1) Rotating B constantly does the center hole run TRUE as it is spun? It's really about how concentric is the platter backside bearing to the front side locator hole?
2) Once that is true rotate the indicator in the spindle 360
This is a positional check for X and Y. Are they centered about A and B Centerline?