Tuesday, 18 December 2012

End of Semester

The semester has been over for almost a week and I am home and enjoying some well deserved rest and relaxation.  Now that I am settled here at home I can finally do a little bit of an update. 

There was a point where I was worried that I was never going to get my Precision Fabrication project done.  But all of the milled and lathed elements polished really nicely. I enjoyed working with the acrylic a lot, I can exploit the optics of it and it only take a fraction of the time to cut and polish as compared with glass. 

The laser cut components were equally as stressful.  There was a long period of time where Adobe Illustrator and I were not friends.... but it all got sorted and I am very happy with how they turned out, especially the one on the right

Electroforming, but mostly the copper paint I have, were not friends for awhile either.  For no clear reason we could not get the copper paint to work in the bath that we have at NSCAD.  The copper was growing as if the amps were way too high.   

After a ton of troubleshooting and nearing the point of "all the work while crying" I gave up on the copper paint for now and stuck to the tried and true silver print.

After I knew that it was working I built a small army of wax nests!

And done! There are some issues in plating that need fixing before I document this piece properly but it is finished!  

Now I have to try and not panic for my show at the Anna Leonowens gallery in March.  I brought a bunch of wax home so that I can get enough done so that I don't panic when I get back to Halifax in January!

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