way down in the hole

There are over 1500 holes in my latest pattern. Having drawn them all, I now have to go back and add a centre point to each of them for laser cutting. Lucky I drew them all on their own layer, or might never have found them all.

(drawing not to scale…)

questions questions…

Today an image I produced to ask a question of my laser cutter. To save costs*, I’m putting in the tabs and lead-in’s for my latest drawing.** Not all holes are drawn equal, and this one in particular is hard to define as it’s not a stand-alone void. The question is, “does this hole need a tab?”

Well? Does it?

* it’s a boring job, so if the client volunteers, why not let her do it…

**Didn’t I say it was going to sort the women from the gels?


For this image I’ve overlaid a couple of sections of a drawing I’ve just finished, which will soon be laser cut by LaserXperts. This pattern I have called ‘sieve’, because it’s massive. It’s going to sort the women from the girls alright.

out of Perth and back to earth

An explanation of my title: I’m now back in Melbourne, and am going back (all of 2.5 weeks) to what I learned in Perth at the workshop presented by Elizabeth Turrell, which was, in essence, about how to apply sand to metal.

So, what’s to know about earth then? Well, very kindly, Inari put her hand up to make an order to Thompson Enamel in the US on behalf of a few fellow Victorians. She is currently studying at RMIT and keen to keep using this process in her works for examination, so was quick off the mark with her order, which I have been told arrived yesterday. (Yup, a Sunday…)

For my order I went over to Thompson’s website where I downloaded their comprehensive catalogue (on the main page) and set about trying to find the enamels we had used during the workshop. In the end I ordered (in 8oz dry powdered form) from the section – Liquid Form Enamel, Water Base, Base Coats:
BC-1070 Medium fusing white
BC-969A Low fusing clear transparent
BC-303L Medium fusing clear transparent (not used in the workshop, I just added this one to be a completist)
and in the Liquid Form Enamel Colors:
533 White
930 Chinese Red
772 Black

Being in the possession of a sand blaster (too many posts to note sorry, do a search if you’re interested) I will be testing these enamels (once I have mixed them with water and got them paint-brush ready) on mild steel and stainless steel (why sandblast? Elizabeth suggests blasting the surface to help the enamel stick). And with any luck on some recycled pre-enameled metals as well. One of our group has already approached her local white goods retailer and been given a bounty of fridge doors to attack/beautify.

Now all I need is a kiln. Coincidentally, TurboNerd sent me a link to this little sucker yesterday. It’s maybe a little small (dimensionally and in possible heat output) for my current needs, and definitely lacking in a thermometer, but it’s perfect for my current price range…

For the moment I think I’ll attempt flame-enameling instead.