I am a REM student at the University of Colorado Boulder and I'm apart of the Tactile Picture Books Project www.tactilepicturebooks.org. My mentor proposed that someone do a project related to Heraldry since one of our clients was interested in seeing heraldry come into play. Heraldry consists of symbols that have unique meanings. These symbols vary. I narrowed Heraldry down to charges, which is exactly this. My charges were the Red Hand, the cock (male rooster), and the mermaid. Throughout this process, I learned a lot, I used different tools, different methods, and received different outcomes, which is all presented here. Check out my group member's tactile books, THEY'RE AMAZING! The links are below.
Step 1: Materials
PLA Plastic (3D Printer)
ABS Plastic (3D Pen)
Thermal Expansion Machine
Matte Black Chalk Paint
ZyFuse Marker (Or any other material for the swell paper)
Step 2: Printing 3D Models
Red Hand: Print it
Cock: Print it
Mermaid: Print it
Refer to the 3D print File MetaData and the shared folder
Step 3: Creating Raised Lines
Cock and Mermaid: Use the heraldic charge images of both subjects to be able to trace them with the swell paper. The links will be provided at the bottom! For the swell paper, the dimensions should be 6.5 in x 6 in. Now, tape the piece of paper a PC screen that has the cock or the mermaid image up. You then can adjust the zoom on the image so it can properly fit for the swell paper. Then, you must trace the cock with a ZyMarker. You can also use any other material that'll function on it like ink, 2B pencil, and charcoal. Although, the ZyMarker works best. The amount of detail is all up to you. Afterwards, you'll want to put it through the swell paper machine at a temperature of 6 and you're done!
Step 4: Creating the Laser Cuts
Red Hand, Cock, & Mermaid: Laser cut it out of cardboard. Make sure it'll fit on a 8.5 in x 7.5 in platform. Note: For the scales on the mermaid, it'll be a raster, instead of a full cut through the cardboard. Also, the hand will be a different outcome, which is a puzzle. The cock and the mermaid are going to result in having a base layer and stacking the rest of the layers on top. Anyways, according to the images, place the components where they correspond.
Step 5: Puzzle Platforms
Step 6: Text & Braille
Print out the Braille Translations PDF on swell paper and regular ink. Once it comes out, cut out the text/braille that needs to be and rearrange appropriately on the puzzle platforms. When you flip each panel, the text should be first and then the braille. The user should read left to right. The title must be on the Red Hand platform.
Step 7: Velcro
Step 8: Organization of Project
Four 1.25 in x 1 in cardboard pieces
Two 22.1 in x 1 in cardboard piece
Hot glue them together to form two rectangular boxes without a lid. These will be used to organize the whole project.