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Art Toy Design - MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE SCULPT

This week I just went through the whole process to the finish of my sculpture.

Bottom line first, I decided to use resin mold for rest of this semester. Considering the shape of my toy, I cannot use CNC unless break down the sculpture.
If I stick with 3D printing, there are 3 ways to do that:
-PLA(most common) print and do after works.
-Resin printing
-PLA prototype and resin molding

The merits of resin mold are coloring and preciseness. I tried to color and polish the 3D model this week, and it just revealed how bad I am with painting, also even sanding. If I want to color the PLA printed model, I’d better use spray brushes. but I still need to make maskings for color blocks.

Resin mold is a traditional technique for high-end jewelries and fountain pens, which makes my toy more persuasive as a product.

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I got some inspiration meanwhile

  • sneakers color blocking - I was thinking art/designer toys are alike sneakers somehow. Since the streetwear culture is what I am familiar with than art toy, I wanted to co-op them.

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  • glossy finish - the candy-like, glossy and smooth finish caught me. Especially ceramic glaze finish looked so cool to me.

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  • wearable - my toys will be wearable anyway, I need to exchange some part of toy with metal. Many earrings such as ear hoop, ear climbers, ear jackets are actually bendable so customers can adjust jewelry to their body. I think I can print bass part when I decide the final 3d model.

The plan for the final 4 pieces are like this.

  1. The original color-blocking ear bug.

  2. one with fur on the belly.

  3. one with audio filter by DIY PCB. Neuromancer inspired.

  4. chimera version with bone / insect crust.

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For actual scaling, I made a clay version of the creature and measured it. It was 37.53mm from end to end, I can scale 3d model again for prototype.

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I sanded it and sprayed the primer. I broke a leg and the tail tip while sanding. Maybe I can try tumbler in stead of sanding. I heard I can wipe with alcohol if I want to color 3d printed models. (Before using primer I guess) I can try next time.

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I marked borderline with sharpie. I expected the facial expression remains, but the sharpie blurred and disappeared when I painted only one time. A very basic tip - paint with bright color first..

Anyways, finished with glossy vanish and waiting to dry.. One thing to think about is, how to express color block while using resin mold.

Art Toy DesignYOU JIN CHUNG