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Monday, April 26, 2010

Eraser Box

Like most artists I love pencils. But what I love even more is: erasers. Why? Isn't it obvious? They create inter-dimensional portals I make a lot of mistakes. So they make me feel safe at night. However, my favorite brand, while amazinglysuperawesome, is prone to tearing when kept in a pocket for any amount of time (all the time). So to solve the problem I decided to make a litlle eraser box!

I've had this broken yardstick sitting around my workshop since last Halloween when my nephew accidentally sat on it. (In his defense he was encased in a prototype cardboard robot suit, and didn't have the use of his arms.) Coincidentally this yardstick turned out to be the perfect size.

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In Photoshop I sketched out some designs, printed them out, then copied them onto the newly cut and sanded wood.
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Then with my cheap wood-burning iron I traced the pencil. Unfortunately I only have a chisel tip nib so there was definitely some detail lost (the symbol for "fire of circulation" on the skull for instance) After the wood was burned, a little glue applied, viola! The most practical thing in the world, an eraser box.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cybernetic Hand and Forearm

The Historical Museum of Synthetic Intelligence unveils it's latest addition: a cybernetic hand and forearm.

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Graciously donated from notable futurist Ellicott-Dire, this discovery will further our knowledge of early synthetic intelligence from the twenty second century.

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Pete Townspoon

It came to me as if in a dream...the man, the legend... a fork playing a spoon. As always I had to start with a little inspiration.

Since this sculpture needed to express a lot of character, and since I was using a very solid material (metal) I decided to begin with a paper mockup.

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After raiding Urban Ore for all the forks and spoons they had I got to work. Using a butane torch I heated the metal until it was red hot and bent it with pliers using my paper reference to ensure they were the right shape. It also gave me a good excuse to wear my Riddick Goggles other than at the mall or waiting sleeping.

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After all the pieces were just right, I broke out some JB weld and started welding the joints and clamping them. The whole clamping and drying process took a few days as I did it in different stages, but in future I'm confident I can get it positioned to be able to dry in one night.

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After the welds were tight I applied a pewter petina to give it a little more character, and cut out a circle of MDF board with a jigsaw for the base. With a little black paint and a lot of gloss it was all ready to be attached together to complete the piece.

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Expect Elvis Spoonly soon.

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