This instructable is being entered in the Hurricane Lasers Contest.
Im currently trying to revamp the art dept at the school where I work and part of that I getting a laser cutter. I want to show the students how to design things for the machine and hopefully inspire and inform them of possible options their futures could take in the world of art and design. I also want the students to design and produce things that they can sell for the school to generate more income for the dept.
Right now im currently working on various ways to raise 50k to do up the dept and winning a laser cutter would be a ginormous help to bring the art dept up to date.
For years I have admired and been inspired by the fantastic work of Ursula Vernon. Her website is totally worth checking out! http://www.redwombatstudio.com/
One of my favourite pieces by her is 'Orandas on a Wire' and I chose to translate this into 3D for one of my final pieces for Uni.
I hope to start making some other pieces of hers into 3D in the future too.
I studied Modelmaking for Design and Media. Its courses like this I really want to inform and hopefully inspire the kids at school to look into.
Step 1: In the Begining
So to start I needed to sculpt the fish. Using foil to bulk out the body shape I started to build up the form with Super Sculpey. For the final pieces I wanted to use glass fish eyes so to get the positioning for these I used teddy bear eyes the same size .
Step 2: Carry on Sculpting
My glass fish eyes that I ordered finally arrived and I found out that the teddy bear eyes I had started with were no good. So I made a quick little sillicone mold and copied the glass ones into little plaster ones.
Step 3: New Eyes and Tails
For the fins and tails I rolled out sculpey thinly and cut the shapes needed. Using foil to make them bend into shape I baked them solid and attached them on with sculpey.
Once fully sculpted I baked off the whole piece (and managed to singe their heads!)
Step 4: Making a Mold
Once the silicone was set I could carefully separate the last bits with a scalpel. I also made sure the fins had a slice down so that they would be easily removed.
Step 5: Cast
I had little tubes in the mold by the fins and tails, created by sticks when making the initial mold. When I put the mold halves together I could put sticks back in and then when I poured in more fast cast resin I could make sure all the tail was filled by pulling the sticks out which would draw the resin after it.
There were a couple of bits that didnt fill in the fins and tails but using a syringe I could fill these in with resin.
Next I just had to paint the fish. I used pearl acrylic paints in an airbrush to give a nice shimmer and a lovely bright red for the heads.
For the wire the fish were to sit on I found a textured steel bar at B+Q, bent it to shape and welded on two little posts for the fish to sit on.