Another way of translating lizard skin

These samples basically are the development of the samples I made last time, which is the metal plates with holy colors on it.


This time I used holy fabrics attached on the holy metal plates. I think fabric could make it more like skin textures. But visually this result is not better than last samples, from my expectation.



Translate lizard skin and exploring colors

As I posted in my blog recently, I carved and got a casting square piece last week.

I used this piece as mould to make some silica gel samples. Doing this is one of the ways of translating the lizard skin, including the texture and colors.

These color patterns are all based on my research on the lizard skin. I picked up some parts of the skin, or combine some parts together, to get some color matches.





Color session:Building our color library and exploring colors on my own project

Last Thursday, we had a workshop about colors. We organized the objects we brought, into color categories. That’s how this amazing object rainbow comes.

At the same time, my exploration of colors on my own project is carried on as well.

I’m exploring the natural colors and patterns on the lizard skins, and experimenting on how to make different materials into colorful state.

The way I’m using so far are acrylic colors & resin,  colors & silica gel, Printing on transparent papers, heat print textures.



Making moulds with silica gel

After printing and casting the original pieces of samples, I made moulds for repeating them.

I used silica gel to make the moulds, and poured liquid resin inside. I tried clear resin and resin mixed with acrylic colors. Some pieces were good, some were bad because of air bubbles.

I cut the moulds in different ways as well. Trying to find out a better way to cut them out and good for repeating.

Another 3D print shell—-print into whole piece and using soft material to make connectors

3D print should better be used for tiny and more complicated pieces. This time I still use 3D print to make this shell, but I adjust it into a harder for handmade but better for my structure design one.

My experiment plan for this shape as a unit of the structure is using soft connectors to connect them. Because this would be a small whole piece, I don’t need to open it and set the connectors, in this way the units could be more stable individually.

And for this repetition design, I would make mould to repeat more of them after casting and polishing. Lets see how this gonna work after making out the samples.

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3D print samples

Last week, I got my 3D print samples and get them casting pieces. I made mould with silica gel and made more pieces into different colors.

the most important meaning to make these samples is to learn how the 3D print works. Also, I made perfect shape so that I could at least made mould and repeat them by hand.

my next plan is using 3D print to print some harder pieces, which is much better to be made by machine than handmade.


Made a mould for press forming a textured thin metal piece and shape silica gel

In the past weeks, I experimented on colors, meanwhile, the shape and texture on the surface of shell is another focused point.

I want to add a soft textured surface on the shell, so I made this mould by wax carving and casting. I will continue doing press forming with metal and shaping silica gel with this mould.

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