Making a holder for my horns

I decided to make a holster for my horns, this was going to make up the ready made part of my project, I looked at the best way to make this, and felt 3d printing would work well for this.

In coming up with the best measurements for the holder I used the top of a milk bottle to gauge a relatively good size.


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I used this to help me figure out the dimensions in rhino.


What I ended up with worked pretty well.

I made an error in making the base of the stem of the holder thinner, this caused a breakage at one point and i had to reprint it.

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I put 4 shell layers in the print so the screws could bite to the material better, this really helped, next time i think i will put more shell layers, for strength.


The results of all that slipcasting

I have got my pieces fired, sadly they aren’t glazed, they could do with a bit of refining, i would like facets to be sharper and neater, but the main idea is there.

overall they capture what i was trying to achieve and i have learnt ALOT about mould making and slipcasting from these pieces.

2014-06-04 16.04.14My artist statement for these pieces:

For my brief of Raw and ready made the object I chose was a drinking vessel or cup. The reason I chose a drinking vessel was because it embodies many different values in our society and ways of life, socially we drink with friends, we drink from baby bottles when we are young, and we journey across the world with water in tow.

This vessel which is the bridge between sustenance and our selves. is very important, I feel like it is an essential piece in our survival on a very basic and primal level.

Thinking about this I wanted to go back through the history of drinking vessels and found my self enamoured with drinking horns. such a natural raw thing, these horns are ready made for use as cups, and that is what they became, they represent humanities climb up the food chain our dominance to take charge of our world.

These horns would be lavished in many ways, with jewels and metal, depicting stories and moments of fortune. they were indicators of wealth and stature accomplishment and  triumph. such personal items seem to have gotten lost in the histories, resigned to the background of our lives.

That shape, that beautiful natural twist has all but vanished today, there is no semblance of what once was in regard to drinking vessels and I find it a bit sad. to abandon such a unique shape and ignore what once was.

I spent a lot of time thinking about how I could change redefine and alter the horn I wanted to pay homage to the old and celebrate the new.

I ended up leaving its basic shape tact. that shape that old timeless look I feel speaks of who we are on very primal level, harking back to when we were discovering ourselves, discovering our purpose and speaks of our discovery of survival of the fittest and dominance of our planet.

Here we are today, the world is digital, so much is artificial, with the advent of social media and the internet, we have the power of opinions and voice in ways we never used to have. such a liberating thing. such a fragile thing as well.

The internet is a wonderful pioneering place, but it is where we seem to become ashamed, we reinvent and mask who we are so that the world will accept us. its a toxic way to live, to hide who we are.

Its like a gloss we try to paint on ourselves that we cannot fully hide, so obviously not there, but so clear to see. like a fungus that we ignore, digitally growing overcoming and over powering, like we are losing control.

I decided to encapsulate this by using modern techniques to create this digital fungus this unwelcome growth on who we are.

Utilising 3d scanning, 3d printing and 3d sculpting I created these very inorganic forms. I later attached these forms I slipcast to the horns, creating this new aesthetic highlighting this juxtaposition of old technology vs new, and highlighting this old traditional part of ourselves with the newer more alien part.

Techniques used to create this piece, vary from 3D scanning to 3D sculpting and 3D printing. Slip casting and plaster mould making. very traditional ceramic making techniques combined with more modern techniques for realising more unique  forms.


custom caps for fizzy drinks bottles

This is a really good idea, and one i wish i could have come across sooner for my ready made, a great way to recycle coke bottles etc. Coke have developed a variety of custom bottle tops for there bottles and thereby extended the life and functionality of the bottles. a great idea. one i could see myself using the 3d printer for alot.



Slipcasting Geometric Shapes results

After alot of effort in putting togther the moulds, one of the moulds being 7 parts, i finally managed to slipcast the shapes, with phenomenal success!

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When slip casting i found they required alittle longer than usual due to the awkwardness of pulling the mould away, but once i got the piece out i had great piece.

Once i had a few of these shapes down, I re-slip cast the horns from before. And i started to attatch these forms to the horns, I was really pleased with the look that was coming from these forms.


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Slipcasting Geometric Shapes

Boy I have set myself a task, Trying to slipcast these 3D prints of  Scanned crumpled paper, I lowered there polygon count to create facets and randomise the shapes appearances.

In looking at how to slip cast these shapes I had to look at how many parts would be required to slipcast the overall moulds.


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In total the mould is 7 parts.

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I must admit its not made cleanly and neatly but all the parts fit together. so fingers crossed it works.

The second piece was a bit easier, made with less parts.

The 3D print was a tapered version of the other one.

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(Im)material Artefacts


I went to Cardiff museum to have a look at the (Im)material Artefacts gallery. I do admit i was a tad disappointed, just 2 small cabinets of overly spaced out objects, mostly printed in a single PLA resin. I almost felt like the simple allure of 3D printing and scanning was suppost to be enough. Maybe I’m just desensitised.


The objects themselves, were all altered scans of museum pieces, looking at them, they weren’t very daring say one or two. This principal of changing an object digitally and then reproducing it is what interests me and what I want to explore further.