With midterms over it has been a whirlwind of activity. I have not yet had the time to decompress but everything has to keep moving forward. I am demoing sculptris in my CAD/CAM II class. This will be our soft intro to 3D scanning and Zbrush. I am thrilled to get to teach what I actually want to teach with the tools I need to teach them. The sophomores did a vinyl cut wearable using illustrator and the vinyl cutter! They kind of knocked it out of the park.
On another note I threw a ASIGA print under the microscope. The layering is nuts. This was at .5mm Z layer (the lowest/coarsest resolution). The ASIGAs will print at .01mm which is incredibly fine but of coarse takes forever. I have been printing all of my students stuff so there has been almost no down time with the printers.
I GOT A MICROSCOPE. The nature lab at RISD hooked me up with an older microscope that they were decommissioning. I bought an articulating arm on amazon and boom now I have a microscope at the bench. I have put most of my stone setting on pause to to focus on other things but I promise I will do thorough review later.
The sophomores are making H-pattern rings which is exciting. We all practiced making patterns in illustrator. Of course I had to take it a step further and make a laser cut stencil to trace the patterns on the metal. I might have to sell these things!
I have a big show coming up in July. I am working on larger 3D printed neckpieces and bracelets loosely based on how self referential contemporary jewelry can be and how torn I am between the bench and the computer (more on that later). I started modeling a cable chain necklace which will be printed in Nylon and have a metal component. For now I am testing the smaller parts in resin using the ASIGAs.
I have to amp things up a bit. On top of the large neckpieces I have to make five enameled brooches for ZOOM. I am also working on a cuff version of my silver bangle (renders below). I have not quite figured out if it should be open or shut on the end.
After spying a book in Boris's studio I ended up ordering it! Modell-Lehrgang Fur Goldschmiede It is a german goldsmithing course workbook. It is not in English but it is full of amazing illustrations and handouts. I started recording some of the more interesting pages.
I think that is enough for now.
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So many things to do!!!