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31  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Artograh Tracer....can't stand the heat.... on: May 16, 2008 10:39:43 PM

I have an Artograph Tracer that I've been using for sets/large scale rough work and I'm officially fed up with one facet of it and am looking for advice from anyone who uses/has used one.

The light bulb heats up to something that the space shuttle tiles MIGHT be able to deal with. This heat causes the following problems.

1. Photos bubble and curl beyond any future use after about 20 minutes of use.
2. When using glass as a kind of heat sink, it shatters causing my feet to bleed and subsequently me to limp.
3. Depending on the printing quality, can cause the pigments printed to alter/mutate/bleed.

Alternatives that I've considered are using the glass from a toaster over/oven door as a heat sink and the picture/source beneath that. Another option I've looked at has been using a metal mesh screen (approximatly .5cm gap between 14 guage wire) as a heat sink.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Here's a pic of the demon device

32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: help! i have to make a huge mask...any suggestions? on: February 27, 2008 02:47:30 AM
hi there!

I've been building sets/costumes for a while. Though I've never made a FULL sphere, I've had great success with 3/4 sphere's (for Carnival masks) made from an exercise ball, garbage bags/clear plastic and masking tape or paper mache. Oh yeah, for something that size, you're going to need boning/skeleton of some kind.

I'd say get yourself an exercise ball/balance ball...you know, those big inflated heavy plastic ones that people stretch and use in their office in lieu of a chair....You're going to have to do one half of the ball at a time, btw... Use some old coat hangers and bend them into shape around the ball. Now, get a few rolls of masking tape and just cover it.

After a layer or two, it will take on the shape with a bit of strength. Now you can go and use a few rolls of duct tape to make the shape stronger.... do it to the other side as well.....then join them together after you've cut out the entrance for the neck and the eye holes.

For final surfacing, I'd recommend that you use a paper mache recipe that is glue and toilet pepper shredded and boiled and kinda smeared on the ball like a paste....as it dries, it can be shaped similar to clay and when it dries, you can bounce a bullet off of it. (something i found out after....needed a dremel to cut out eye holes)

Hope this helps you. Contact me if i can be any more help.

33  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Beer Bottle Tops on: August 17, 2005 02:48:06 PM
I just knew someone else would see beer caps and think the same way i did.

For my fianl project last semester at school (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University), we had a project in Modular Sculpture (one simple element repeated to make a larger and differant object....think lego). Anyways, I work as a bartender to pay for school and I would have heap and heaps of beer caps at the end. So, for my fianl project, I made a crown and scepter out of the beer caps using only a glue gun and bending the caps differant ways.
If you glue the flat side of a beer cap to the flat of another, you get this kinda wheely-lookin thing. Make a few of those little wheel things, and stack them on top of each other so that they interlock.

I'll see if i can post some images of my "Imperial King of Beer" project. Strangely enough it only took about 2 days in my off time to slash it all together. Once you figure out how to interlock the caps with each other with little glue, it's like red-neck lego.

34  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Duct Tape Car (IMG VERY HEAVY) on: July 11, 2005 09:42:03 AM
I'm in love with your car! I'm just amazed at the variety of colours you have of duct tape
A1 werk!
35  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: aladdin genie lamp incense burner on: June 05, 2005 01:51:23 AM

as for using polymer clay, it's a great idea!

But maybe you might want to roll it out into a tube, then cut it in slices to make coin shapes.(Maybe turn the ash catcher into the shape of gold piles) Paint those with a metallic gold craft paint or gold spray paint them (then half-glue-water seal them).
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