Monday, February 8, 2016

Dragonfly Fighting Machine and the Carnival

 

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The eyes...the all important eyes.

First see what some transparent viscous enamel looks like on a domed silver cup.

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Nyet, I didn't like it.

 

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Titanium domed cup with some heat colouring.

Nope.

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Some more experiments--getting there.

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The eighth model and I kind of like them

Heat treated titanium with the center engraved.

Titanium does not like engravers.

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So then I made a silver surround and a glass cover in which I drilled a hole through.

The center silver tube will be set with a with a stone of unknown colour as yet.

The center part screws into the head and holds the whole affair together.

 

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More work on the head.

These gem nuts are set with amethysts.

 

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Gauge.

All the infrared scanner units, power supply to the jaws and target acquisition gear is being installed.

I would show how they work but I am afraid it is all top secret.

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Things are moving forward.

 

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Photographing my sculptures has always been a mission, so I built a rotating table that can take the weight of them.

I used parts from an old printer that a buddy of mine gave me.

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At the same time I made a box out of aliminium and steel so that I can turn it into a light tent for the camera.

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In Europe, they take the carnival seriously.

This was the first time for Anne and I to see what the Dutch do during carnival.

For one, there was a lot less drinking than in Germany.

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This lot were very well trained, with all kinds of dance moves.

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The exuberance of youth mixed with a few ales knows no limits.

Also there was a lot more music than in Germany.

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The master of ceremonies.

Check the speakers below them.

In St Maarten they of course take it way over the top—these speakers would be merely regarded as a nice set of ear buds there.

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I got lots of lights left over from the various shops I have had.

So I made a system for my plants.

I jam the little spikes through the flex. They only 12 volt led’s.

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And now all my plants have got lots of light through the winter.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Work and play.

 

 

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Gauge.

This is the control interface that goes to the head.

I made it up to final finish because I won’t be modifying it further.

 

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It plugs into the back of the head.

This control column is the interface from the pilot to the brain of the fighting machine.

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Then I started making the tail fins.

Then I file both sides halfround and drill 0.7 mm holes through both to lock them into place.

Then I remove the locking pins and sandwich a flat piece of copper together between them.

Later, I will remove the copper again and give it a patina or texture.

Closer to completion, I am going to make a bonfire outside, braai some meat, drink many beers and and cook all the separate copper parts in the fire to get a burnt/orange/black look.

 

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Like this.

These are quite labor intensive, and I think I will need about ten more fins.

So I got my work cut out, so to speak.

 

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I also am playing with the eye.

In any sculpture to me the eye can make or break the piece, so I start using different materials and designs long before I actually decide on the final look.

I quite like this look.

It is some expanded titanium that I cut round, domed and heat blued to see what it would look like.

I think I am going to roll out some titanium plate and then pierce a honeycomb shape very fine and see what that looks like.

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State of the Jewel.

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The other night Tim and Bea came over for party time.

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Was a great evening, much laughter and fun.

Dutch people are much more fun than Germans, much friendlier and spontaneous.

After four years of living in Germany, it is a blessed delight not to have dour and negative people surround you.

Trust me, I am super happy to be out of Germany and I am even more happy not to have to make jewellery for them.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

More work.

 

 

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Anyway I didn’t like the claws so I carved and cast some new front legs.

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They were also kak.

So I carved another front leg and when I stuck it on, it looked too organic.'

The same attitude was applied to the second attempt. Albeit a bit earlier.

Like the actual 'feel' of the piece is flat and constructed' and these would not go well with the flavor of the piece.

Bah.

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Back to square one.

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Sand casting—cut the wax out.

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Here is a test tail that I cut out from a paper design.

 

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Them legs with the copper work still to be done.

 

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I sand cast a whole bunch of shapes that I will need.

Normally I wouldn't cast so many at once, but I had just aintjies in my gas bottle and it’s a good way to finish it.

I have to go to Germany to get it.

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I carved the front leg/gun platform in wax and also sand cast them.

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The head will be moved forward.

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The head is the thing I will be working on next.

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I used a test piece to work out the size of the pipes that will connect the head to the body via a central control column.

 

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Setting up the angle of the wings

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I cut the bottom of the head off.

I am going to put a rounded shape in there.

 

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These are the copper cables that will attach the head to the body.

I have a direction and plan—I think.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

More Dragonfly Fighting Machine.

 

 

 

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I really battled to get the rear legs like I like them

I had one chance to get the solder right.

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So I set it up instu and solder them

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Gauge.

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Then I made the front legs.

Lately, I have been using a lock tweezer instead of spring tweezers to hold things when I solder them.

Much more controlable.

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These are the front legs first joint and the connectors to the body.

 

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  Like this.

I made these so they flat and broad, because they are going to become gun platforms and they will have a gatling type gun-- maybe.

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I made a few designs in paper before settling on the first one I made.

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They were an mission to make- took me three days just to get this far.

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The front legs/claws will also be handy in fighting as well.

I was going to articulate it but there really is no point, so static it is.

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Top view of the claws.

 

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The current rear leg is going to be angled more to the back and then the middle led will be fitted.

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Quite a mean sunset the other day

 

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Another one.

We have been having remarkabaly clear weather as of late.

 

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So we made a bonfire.

 

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And made a braai in winter.

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And we drank and danced the night away.

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And we sent up crishies into the sky.

It was a great Friday night.