Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Box » Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:02 pm

I'm in the process of creating two life size figures inside blocks of glass.
In simple terms we are using layers to create the contour lines that will make up the details of the 3d image.
The concept is two figures floating in blocks of water.
So i thought I'd add a few images here as we go.
This image is both of them full size, all layers laser etched onto card. These will hang on the wall as reference.
Over the next few months these layers will be translated into glass, and eventually into two glass blocks weighing in at 3 metric tonnes each.
So if you are wondering why I'm not around too much.....
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby ntxdave » Sat Sep 10, 2016 3:21 pm

What an undertaking!! Hope you will share the finished project with us. My guess is that it will be amazing.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby tuna1957 » Sat Sep 10, 2016 6:14 pm

Box, this is just crazy !!!! crazy cool.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby cotty » Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:48 pm

Box wrote:So if you are wondering why I'm not around too much.....

Let's hope you're not the person on the right ;-)

Impressive project, I'm looking forward to updates here!
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Box » Sun Sep 11, 2016 4:27 am

Here's an early sample/test hand as proof of concept.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Mike Amos » Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:32 am

Looks amazing, nicely done.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby pilou » Sun Sep 11, 2016 11:35 am

Cool! :fro:

There is an optic effect at the first image! ;)
Feet seems flipped! So very perturbating! :shock:
Pareodoly advanced! :mrgreen:
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Box » Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:44 am

Is it a head in a block or just a blockhead.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Rich O Brien » Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:51 am

that's crazy!

is it hollow? like a mould?
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Box » Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:54 am

No, it is solid. It's basically a topographic map of the head. Same basic idea as a 3d terrain.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Rich O Brien » Mon Sep 12, 2016 9:56 am

So is each pane etched with the contour?

Really cool project.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Box » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:02 am

Yep, there are 100 layers per figure, each with the contour line plus acid shading. The shading isn't in the samples.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby pilou » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:13 am

Glass are moving or it's pasted ?
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Box » Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:17 pm

Not the best quality image as it's only a phone photo.
We've been working the contours to add detail, it seems to be coming together nicely.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Rich O Brien » Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:45 pm

What app are you using? Hats off if it's SU. Looks like a dense mesh.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby andybot » Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:49 pm

wow, very cool! Will the contours be closer together (relative to the shapes) in the full version? The contours are a bit distracting imo in the block head.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Box » Fri Sep 16, 2016 1:53 pm

Yes. Block head was a low res sample.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Box » Fri Sep 16, 2016 2:00 pm

Rich, we are jumping around various programs to get the data sliced, diced and tweaked. And one of the most rediculous things is we still need to move it all to an XP pc as the laser software still hasn't moved with the times.
I did once import the male figure obj into SU, it took more than 24 hours. It would orbit but anything else was impossible.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Dave R » Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:16 pm

Wow! I'd love to see you working on this in person.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Box » Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:21 pm

Pop over to Sydney before December and you can see it in process and enjoy an amber fluid or two. You would also see who Box is in reality.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Dave R » Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:36 pm

I'd like that. Don't think my boss would let me get away from work, though.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Box » Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:49 pm

It'll be after November,so everyone who can, will be throwing on their life vests, jumping in the sea and paddling like Cubans but in the other direction.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Dave R » Sat Sep 17, 2016 5:52 pm

True. Maybe I'll be moving in with you.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Rich O Brien » Sat Sep 17, 2016 6:27 pm

If your willing to fly me and the kids out I'll be there...

...with a hammer...smashy time
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Box » Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:06 am

Sure Rich, no problem, you go and wait by the letterbox, I'm sure the tickets will arrive any second now.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Box » Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:12 am

Not a great photo but it gives you some idea of the scale of this work.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby baz » Tue Sep 20, 2016 12:17 pm

Box wrote:It'll be after November,so everyone who can, will be throwing on their life vests, jumping in the sea and paddling like Cubans but in the other direction.


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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Bryan K » Sat Sep 24, 2016 12:13 am

Stunning work! Please show us more progress pictures if you can!
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby Box » Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:07 am

Ok, here's a couple more.

This is still a test sample, we are making this to work through the issues involved in the laminating process. Issues like, how the hell do you glue things this big together without getting air bubbles and crap between the layers.
This is 10 sheets of glass with the contour lines compressed to form the image. So it has some depth but nowhere near the final piece which will be 10 times thicker.
Something most people don't realise is that glass isn't very easy to see through when you stack it all together, you get multiple reflections and clouding and the more layers the denser it becomes. You eventually can't see through it at all.
However, when properly 'glued' together the block of 100 sheets will become pretty much optically clear. You will be able to read a newspaper through it.
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Re: Real world Wip. Glass sculptures.

Postby cotty » Sat Sep 24, 2016 7:43 am

Have I said WOW already? I'm a big fan of this topic already...
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