Inspired by the Foil Bust of designer Dominic Wilcox, I set out to create an aluminum replica of my face. To change things up a little, I decided to do it at 1/4 and 1/8 scale. This required use of all kinds of state of the art technology... and aluminum foil. Don't be daunted by the seeming complexity of the process, it is actually quite easy. I accomplished this without having to exert too much physical or mental effort. Ultimately, this was a fun and quick project, and I am looking forward to making some really unexpected aluminum foil balls.

Step 1: Go Get Stuff

You will need:

(x1) Aluminum foil roll
(x1) 123D Catch
(x1) Digital camera
(x1) 3D modeling software (I used 3DS, but you can use something free like 123D)
(x1) Very expensive high-resolution Objet 3D printer (Or friend with access to a printer... or featured entry in the Make it Real Challenge... or a Shapeways account)
clay or p.o.p. would also be an ideal shape-keeping material. <br>you could take another 3d print of the back of your head, apply the same processes and make the 3d replica with clay or pop. join both and voila!, you get your whole face in 3d in miniature
You don't by any chance have a &quot;Freebirds&quot; burrito restaurant nearby do you? :-)
Can't say that I do.
They serve their burritos wrapped in tinfoil and encourage patrons to create tinfoil sculptures with the wrapper when finished, which they put on display on shelves around the room. Your mould would be ideal for making an impressive piece!
Ahhh yes...this is like watching a Martha Stewart video. <br> Just start with Norwegian truffles...add Belgian spring water...combine with Chilean goats milk ..take out 35 ramekins and fill them half full...then of course make a 3-d image in to your, ' fancy Objet 3D printer (or similar).' <br>Soooooooooo simple! It's a Good thing.
You don't need to buy a printer. You can make a 3D model and buy a print online. That's probably in the $10 - $30 range. You can also currently enter a project into the Make it Real challenge, and if it gets featured, Instructables will 3D print you a model for free (using said printer). These printers are not inaccessible, and you do not need to spend $50,000 to get a print made.
[snert!] Your comment made my day. I LOL'd out loud. ;) Dux
Tee-hee...Glad you saw 'in' to my jesting...not hurtful just funny...
@kerikins . For me, you got it right on. You know, maybe if the title of the instructable mentioned someone on 3D printing..?
I wish I could +1 your comment :D
Like! <br>
custom easter eggs? i like this idea
Now all you need to do is fill it with chocolate!
You could try liquid silicon to make the final face!
You could seriously stick that on a dark black frame and make art! I am not even joking. <br> <br>(Joking will be this - I know how to make an exact replica of my face on an aluminium foil within few seconds)
i hope you didnt recycle your face. I'd like to add your face to my collection of stuff in my office.
you could make a Han-solo style Carbonite effect here...
why not just make a 3-d print of your face
It must be awesome to work for instructables and make such strange and awesome things! :) Looks great!!!
Awesome, Randy!
this is really cool! congratulations!
This is really cool!! You could also take paper pulp drain most of the water and press it in the mold, then you could have a paper you as well...for real fun you could put grass seed in that paper and make yourself a hairy face. :D
It's a T-1000 Randofo!

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Bio: My name is Randy and I run the Instructables Design Studio. I'm also the author of the books 'Simple Bots,' and '62 Projects to ... More »
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