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Title: New art medium for me
Post by: Neural on October 07, 2017, 08:37:57 PM
I've asked a number of questions about aluminum and such recently.  Now that I've gotten past several obstacles, etc., I was able to finally put the grinder to the metal.

It's still a work in progress, but even the initial grinding passes have resulted in a nice effect.

Title: Re: New art medium for me
Post by: vitzitziltecpatl on January 14, 2018, 02:58:06 PM
Hey everyone - I have now seen a finished piece, and it is unbelievably impressive! One of the coolest things I've seen.

I say unbelievably because there's no way to visualize how it looks just from seeing a still photo. The piece in progress above doesn't have any color or surface coat on it, but even if it did there's no way to imagine the overall effect of the light playing across a piece as it moves. I don't see how even a 2-D video could do it justice.

I was honestly amazed that anyone could take a flat piece of sheet metal and produce a work of art like I saw yesterday.

Here's where to see some finished pieces: http://nightstoneart.com/
Title: Re: New art medium for me
Post by: lithicbeads on January 14, 2018, 05:26:10 PM
I like  these , keep them coming.
Title: Re: New art medium for me
Post by: Neural on March 02, 2018, 12:52:35 AM
Wow.  Been a while since I made that piece.  It's in my office here next to me.  I've...  advanced a bit further than that.

This one is what I finished today.  It's currently waiting for the resin to cure.

Title: Re: New art medium for me
Post by: ileney on March 02, 2018, 04:36:06 AM
That is spectacular!
Title: Re: New art medium for me
Post by: vitzitziltecpatl on March 02, 2018, 05:57:54 AM
Wow. If you put up a video be sure to link it here... .
Title: Re: New art medium for me
Post by: hummingbirdstones on March 02, 2018, 06:00:46 AM
Jon, you have a real talent for these!  Looks fantastic and I second what Vince said about linking a video if you do one (which you should).  That would be an awesome way to show the light play off of them.   :WEEEE:
Title: Re: New art medium for me
Post by: Neural on March 02, 2018, 09:28:41 AM
There will definitely be videos. :)   "handling" cure is done around 9pm tonight.  I'll be able to take pictures of the final then.  After that it needs another 48hours to fully cure. :)
Title: Re: New art medium for me
Post by: Neural on March 12, 2018, 01:00:47 AM
This is the final on the above piece after Resin has been added.
Title: Re: New art medium for me
Post by: Asianfire on March 12, 2018, 02:21:03 AM
Absolutely stunning.
Looking forward to seeing a lot more in the future.
Title: Re: New art medium for me
Post by: hummingbirdstones on March 12, 2018, 07:03:58 AM
Gorgeous, Jon!  Bravo!!!!   :Worthy:
Title: Re: New art medium for me
Post by: Neural on April 05, 2018, 12:20:23 AM
We've now had our first successful dust/hair/crap-less resin pour.
We were looking at buying PVC and such to build a clean room, and wound up getting a deal on a 6' x 8' x 7'(high) green house that is a metal pipe structure, covered with thick durable plastic.
Cindy had me build a custom cover for curing artwork.  It's made of PVC pipe and covered with plastic.   Through the use of this thin film plastic that is made for insulating windows (the stuff you use a hair dryer on to make it clear), she wound up creating a heavy static charge on this cover.   Over night, it collected *all* the hair and dust inside the tent.
End results, I'm looking to find a way to heavily charge plexiglass sheets, or similar, to act as an attractor inside the tent (which is in our living room).

I did ask her to use half the recommended resin amount on the Plumeria piece, but due to pushing the limit too far, the piece has a lot of depressions in it.

But honestly, I don't care about the depressions, because as bad as it looks from some angles, there is *zero* hair or foreign particles in it.  That has been a huge problem for us, and it now appears to be solved.  Doing a re-pour with a better amount of resin will really make this one shine.

Title: Re: New art medium for me
Post by: hummingbirdstones on April 05, 2018, 07:43:13 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5za9sa4-qk

The Plumeria is beautiful!
Title: Re: New art medium for me
Post by: 55fossil on April 05, 2018, 08:16:04 AM
   Very beautiful.  What is the size on these pieces?
Title: Re: New art medium for me
Post by: Neural on April 05, 2018, 11:15:15 AM
It's a 12" x 12" square :)
Title: Re: New art medium for me
Post by: Neural on May 22, 2018, 02:07:00 PM
One thing I like to do is experiment.  It's the only way to really expand what you are capable of doing. 

This was done with masking tape and a little battery powered Dremel using soft abrasive wheels.

I've done this "faceted" style before, but the idea on this one was to see if I could make the cross stand out with a black outline done with a sharpie.

Worked pretty well, but as has been suggested, I'm going to try it again in the future and use a thicker marker, and put a black outline on all the facets as well, to give it a stained glass effect.

Title: Re: New art medium for me
Post by: hummingbirdstones on May 22, 2018, 07:58:05 PM
Wow, Jon, that looks awesome!  Kinda of 60's psychedelic-ish.   :headbang:
Title: Re: New art medium for me
Post by: vitzitziltecpatl on May 22, 2018, 08:03:40 PM
Wow. Don't know how it looks in person, but the cross stands out nicely in the photo on my monitor. Prominent, but still maintaining a nice balance with the pattern in the field behind it. Kudos!