Week 7 – final assignment 

This time I wanted to try out a machine that Ben introduced which is for making the in Invisalign clear braces, or as I used it, to melt materials… Mostly I wanted to experiment.

I gave it a first try using a little wooden carved Buddha I had and then realized it’s better to use something that has a flat back, since the plastic wraps around the piece when it get sucked down.

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I got my inspiration from a sketch I made a while back and another Buddha I got in Hong Kong.

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I used this Sculpey to make this piece, and made sure that the back of it was flat. Then I put it in the oven for about 20 min.

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Then I gathered a bunch of different plastic/acrylic pieces scraps to test which one I liked the most.

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Used the Invisalign machine again, this time on my piece.

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That’s the first result –

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and below is a material fail. I left the sheet of textured acrylic for too long under the heater.  It was very hard to get it off the piece, it shuttered and cut my finger…

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After those trials I wanted to prevent the dots that occurred with the suction on the first acrylic type I used, so I played around with the amount of heat it got and discovered a little hovering face.
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I tried to put iridescent sheet behind it with some LED lights.

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then I used the more opaque white plastic and loved the result. I decided to make a little stand for it and saw this wood piece to fit in size, and also saw into it a little tunnel to hold the piece  in place.

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this is the end result, it became a little atmospheric light piece:



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  1. Nice work. I’m glad you tried the vacuum forming machine. Good idea to try different materials and different temperatures. Hope you didn’t hurt your finger too badly.

    The effect with the white material looks great, both light and unlit. I’d love to see the wooden base oiled or stained and polished.

  2. Thank you Ben! I enjoyed playing with the materials, and I’m happy with the result. Thank you for showing me how to use this machine. It’s also a good idea to add finishing to the wooden base too, although I’m still considering more options of how to finish this piece altogether.

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