Jules Weissman

LASERWOLF: Glowforge Projects Blog

Mosaic Project Part One

 "Eyes" illustration available on  Society6

"Eyes" illustration available on Society6

 

My goal is to use the Glowforge not to create finished pieces, but to use it as a tool in my concrete and ceramic work. For my first experiment, I'm starting with illustrations I've done in the past and using them to make stamps for clay.

 
 "Virgil" illustration available on  Society6

"Virgil" illustration available on Society6

 Virgil in Proofgrade Maple Hardwood

Virgil in Proofgrade Maple Hardwood

 

The engrave feature on the laser is incredibly slow. I had to break the vectors into a million colors and isolate each section to even get the design to process. Above is the original Virgil, before I peeled his stickers. He is practically melted from having too much detail! For Virgil II, I tweaked the file and enlarge him. The new Virgil is cut from Proofgrade maple plywood and is about 6" high and he took almost two hours to cut and engrave. But he's worth it! I also made a large and small set of eye stamps and used a another leftover piece with a sawtooth sort of edge to make a texture for the extra bits of clay scrap.

 
 Drying...

Drying...

 
 All Glazed and Ready for Firing!

All Glazed and Ready for Firing!

The next step will be to build out a frame over the hardie board, add some hardware for hanging and set these guys in cement. 

Mosaic Project Part Two

I'm pretty new to working with clay, so there were some hiccups. These pieces are a bit too thin, and I just left them to dry in the sun. Next time, I'll place something heavy over top so that they lay flat and dry them in a plastic bag. good thing I have ceramicist friends to give me tips! I borrowed a couple of colors of underglaze from my brilliant friend, Fanny Penny, painted a couple of coats on the bisque-fired pieces, and brought them back to her kiln for firing.

 Three clay eyes, glazed and fired.

Three clay eyes, glazed and fired.

 
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