You can see on this short slideshow the silicone molding process of AncientCritter ALTRO. I have placed the the prototype and the seem line in a slightly strange position for this two part mold but I had the feeling I should give my silicone-plug-system-technique™ a shot
Now after the first few resin copies i have to say, casting is going pretty well so far …and I’ve got some wicked ideas for these fresh Resin Critters right now! Stay tuned.
After reconstructing the “Ancient Critter No1″ information from a tiny bio-harddisk we were finally able to revive a first specimen of it! For the time beeing it’s growing fast and we feed it with fern and other ancients herbs. But see for yourself!
More about these long time died out “Ancient Critters” next week…
Happy New Year from smallstuffstudio to all!
The year is pretty young, but i have so much new stuff to show you!
First of all, the last few PEARBLOCK Angels will find a new home today at my grandparents and grandaunt’s shelfs. They where a great joy to give away as Christmas presents. So i have one last left (no. 01/16) and i will sell him here on the smallstuff page for you in a few days! Stay tuned if u want to grab this unique handcrafted 2.5 inch Wooden Designer Toy py pepe for your own collection.
Now to the fresh stuff: Ancient Critter #1 – Keep your eyes open, long gone species will revive 2010! Check the data-sheets I found deep burried in a secret vault of this ancient little fella… Strange things will come! Be warned!
Voting for the DIY Designer Toy Challenge on aarting.com is on!!!
Please vote for SQUIMONK till 15. november 2009 (every vote counts, you can vote every 30min for my design). If my concept wins, SQUIMONK will be produced by Aarting and you can grab your own 4.5 inch blank D.I.Y SQUIMONK for customizing!
SQUIMONK – my second entry for the Aarting DIY Toy Challenge.
Today is the deadline for the DIY Contest at aarting.com. I really want to participate with an another toy design than my “monopear”. But to realize with 3D modeling what I’ve got in my head, time was to short to learn all the stuff so quickly. Now then, I’ve done my second entry the old-fashioned-way: sculpting, sanding, molding, casting in resin, again sanding and finishing with white primer (well i guess, not really less time-consuming… ) The prototype stands only a 3/4 inch high, so i would love to see them much bigger as an Aarting DIY Toy ready for you to customize!
This afternoon I’ve grabbed my cam and finally hunted some blank SQUIMONKS in the wild …check the picture series.
SQUIMONKS lives high up in the threes and rarely come to ground to pick up the jummy fir cones. That’s the reason why they have a slightly beer-belly, they know very well how to do really tasty fir cone beer in their brewery
I’m a huge fan of brass, it’s really easy to work with it and it’s perfect for my next small experiment: branding my wooden toy hordes!
I used the CNC milling cutter to get me some small brass stamps with my name engraved (first attempt was a miss, because i forgot to mirror inverted the letters…urgh ). With a soldering iron and some patience with the sightly goatish PEARBLOCK guys, i got the result I’m looking for!
Check also the pictures with the new fellow, i call him the PEAR DEER. I gave him a nice and shiny semi gloss finish, hope you like him…
Last week i spoted on aarting.com a D.I.Y Designer Toy Contest. Check the submission guidelines, download the templates and design your own toy. This is your chance to design the toy’s actual shape. That’s right, designers from all over the world will be able to customize something that you designed! This means that you’re now free to come up with any original shape you want, in any style. The deadline for the toy entries is the 30. Sept 2009.
If you don’t want to participate yourself, please just register shortly over arting.com and vote for my designs, i would really appreciate it!
I’m really having a rush with these wooden toys…it’s getting more and more like an addiction. Everyday coming home from work with a new tiny toy in my pockets. As you can see, my proto-PEARBLOCK has met some fellas to hang out at the woods
The little Wodden PEARBLOCK is made out of pear and oak wood finished and coated with natural linseed oil
Today was fun, had to work during the morning at the model workshop. I was really bleary-eyed from last nights page template customizing, so on the side of lazy working i made me a quick wooden toy. Had no sketches for this little guy, it was just cutting and sanding into the blue. The design has only two joints for the arms, so it’s kind of simple and not rich detailed, just a rough protoype … kind of like him and want to define some details a bit more (proportions, face, painting) …and maybe i’ll try out some silly ideas (how about to drill him the whole head away… hey, just a thougt
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Welcome to SmallStuff Studio. I'm Pepe, a Zurich based, Zurich born sculptor and model builder with over 10 years experience designing, sculpting, prototyping, molding and casting.
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