Tactile Picture Book: Heraldic Charges

Introduction: Tactile Picture Book: Heraldic Charges

About: I am a 10th grader at Centaurus High School in Lafayette, Co. and I would love to become an architect someday. I'm living the dream!

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)


Swell Paper

Thermal Expansion Machine

Laser cutter

Matte Black Chalk Paint

X-Acto Knife

Hot Glue

ZyFuse Marker (Or any other material for the swell paper)

Adhesive Spray

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

Red Hand: Use Vivan Vovan's hand as a guide. Tape down the outline of the hand to the surface you're working on since it will move and makes your life easier. Plug in the 3Doodler pen and let it warm up for a few minutes. Use only red ABS plastic. What you want to do when you're ready is trace the outline with the 3Doodler pen. Once you got it, try again but on the inside of the hand. You want to repeat this process for as much as you want and fill in gaps if you'd like. Make sure you leave the palm of the hand empty. When you are done, trim off excess ABS plastic and make sure it does not feel sharp! Once the whole hand is done, glue it to a piece of cardboard and make sure it corresponds to the outline of the hand.

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

Puzzle pieces: Laser cut puzzle piece platforms with a piece of cardboard that is 30 in by 30 in. Once they come out perfectly, cover them completely with matte black chalk paint.

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

Apply velcro on puzzle platforms and on every model except for the swell paper models. I wanted the models to be removable for the user and then you can easily place it back in place.

Step 8: Organization of Project

Four 22.6 in x 1.5 in cardboard pieces

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.

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    5 years ago

    What a great idea! I love these projects!