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« on: October 09, 2009 01:34:53 PM »

Here's the back story to this piece:  I work at a medical device company that makes custom cranial implants.  (In short, patients have holes in their skulls, we make the patches to make them whole again.)  Our company will be a vendor at the upcoming convention for the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (read: trade show), and as part of our marketing campaign, we are preparing works of art using our implants.

The skull and the clear "door" are parts used in our regular implant production.  The skull is a model created from an actual CT scan of a patient's skull through a process called stereolithography and the clear implant is an actual implant that we might ship to the surgeon (the original implants shipped long ago, I made this one specifically for this project).

The rest are pieces and parts that I've added to turn these two basic elements into a steampunk contraption.  I wanted this to look like something you might find in the Mutter Museum (which I heart oh so much).  












I like this one because of the little watch face that you can't really see from any other angle until you discover it like an Easter Egg through the left orbit.


A work-in-progress shot, taken for my own reference as I try to recreate the arrangement of parts that I assembled in the brainstorming phase.

I'd like to give a shout-out to a couple awesome products that I used in this piece: 1) Varathane Stain & Polyurethane - stains the wood and seals it in an aerosol can, and gave a much better finish than I would have expected from a "do it all in one easy step" product, 2) Devcon Plastic Welder epoxy - a two-part epoxy that is more viscous than regular epoxy and dries in a cream color which blended perfectly with the skull.  *This is not a paid endorsement, I just really liked these products.

We have a professional photographer coming in next week, so I hope to update with those photos when I can.  C&C welcome Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2009 01:38:10 PM »

Whoa!  Way cool
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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2009 02:02:45 PM »

holy poop! that is incredibly awesome.
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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2009 02:35:07 PM »

Fabulous.  Marketing just got a little better...and your company must love you.
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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2009 02:44:47 PM »

I am kind of in love with this.
You did a fantastic job, and I cannot wait
to see the photos from the photoshoot!!
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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2009 03:29:22 PM »

Very cool. I think it rocks!
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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2009 03:33:00 PM »

now that is pretty awesome. I want that for my mantle!
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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2009 03:40:13 PM »

Ooh, that's nifty!  I'll have to send a link to my sister . . . she likes the Victorian/ Steampunk aesthetic, AND she's a pre-med student. 
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2009 04:17:23 PM »

That is one of the most awesome works of art I have ever seen.  Love it! Shocked
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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2009 02:44:56 AM »

OMG, love love love,  Grin
thanks for sharing, and hmmm what is this website that you mention?
I'll have to go peek,
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