Making tools can be a form of dimensional art. I like the look and the feel of any good hand tool. When it is a tool that has been well made with your own hands it has the special feel or spirit about it.
Here are a couple of prototype "Impression" stamp tools I made in just a few hours after gathering the materials. The handles were purchased as I am creative only so far. Ha!
My daughter asked me to make these for use in her glass bead work. She is another creative family member. In fact the whole family has artistic skills we should exploit more than we presently do.
These are prototypes and I am considering making these in batches if other people get interested. The head designs are limited only by size and imagination. As seen what I call "inies" and "outies" can be formed. If I can draw it I can make it.
The long handles are required because the glass work is very hot, but the result is very similar to pressing a seal into sealing wax or even cookie dough. Hmm... I can make those too...
I created these 2011 Christmas ornaments to try some new creative processes I have never used before. First was to see if I could machine wax (the mold) with a high enough surface finish that I wouldn't have to spend hours in finish bench work. (Success)
Next was to understand the process of resin casting multiple parts. (Success)
Third was to make something unique for Christmas 2011. (Success)
These went to all the family members. Not a tremendously wonderful gift item but I hope a keepsake ornament for the tree. I have a truly unique idea that I will probably see many others the same for next Christmas. I also plan to be casting in pewter by that time.
I think this qualifies as another contribution of Dimensional Art.
See the process HERE.
This is a set of nine cookie dough stamps I made after seeing a how-to article at the Vectric Software website. I followed the directions almost exactly but I see many interesting ways to modify this project. All of the cut out was handled by CNC files on my HB2 router machine.
How these stamps were made and a look at all the faces visit this WEBSITE.
I am thinking about low temperature type of casting. That is metal temperatures under 600 degrees and suitable for RTV type mold making. Nothing cast in stone here but I suppose that is possible too. Ha! The first rule is there are no rules except for my rules. The second rule is to go back to the first rule. I am a benign dictator to myself.
This art craft includes casting toy soldiers sort of thing but I doubt I will be doing much of that. I am currently interested in pewter (lead free) and just about any other material I can play with. My intent is to sell what I make if it is good enough. Designs can be anything from jewelry, to house wares, to metal or plastic model parts. I don’t know where I am headed at this point. If I enjoy how it looks and can make some profit then it is fair game.
I consider this an art to be learned and constantly developed. That is why I am posting this alert here in Dimensional Art.org. The name seems to fit. I won’t be posting any how-to’s as that is not the purpose of this blog. Just watch for some results in the next few months.
My brother Jim and his wife Patty live in Flat Rock, North Carolina. The rocks may be flat but the land certainly isn't.
Jim built this house on the side of a mountain as you can see in this Lithophane. It's almost brand new and in fact, in this picture it is. I thought it would be nice to make him a unique image of his new home. So here it is. It kind of has an old time heirloom look to it.