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.
-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.
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.
glossy finish - the candy-like, glossy and smooth finish caught me. Especially ceramic glaze finish looked so cool to me.
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.
The original color-blocking ear bug.
one with fur on the belly.
one with audio filter by DIY PCB. Neuromancer inspired.
chimera version with bone / insect crust.
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.
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.
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.