Tonight is the Dark Crystal Ball!

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Last year I made two and a half life-size crystals with my talented friends at the Center for Puppetry Arts. I’m so lucky! Swipe for more photos and process.

I started with a 2D design by technical director Jeremy Villines. I converted it into a 3D pattern using cardboard. We used the template to make an acrylic mold and slush cast the tinted resin in layers. The acrylic molds for the full crystals were built from 82 individual pieces!

Thanks to @talithagabrielle for helping me cast these beasts. Beautiful foam carving and background painting by @brianna.bass.scenic.artist and @nubourne. Lighting by @gabbity.rabbit.The Dark Crystal exhibit is up through January. It’s a beautiful and unique experience. Check it out!

Throwback to last year when I made 200 crystal shards for the Dark Crystal Ball at the Center for Puppetry Arts

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I sculpted the original out of epoxy clay and made a silicone mold to cast in translucent resin. Swipe to see process shots. We’re so lucky to have the CPA in Atlanta. The largest organization dedicated to puppetry in the US, it’s a unique place that has been building community since 1978. If you missed the party last year, you can get tickets to the Gathering of Gelflings happening August 29th at Puppet.org.

The Dark Crystal exhibit will be on view till January 2020. Featuring restored puppets that haven’t been seen since the film, it’s a beautiful and rare exhibit, totally worth your time.

Peeping Bloom

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This Amber Eyed Peeping Bloom always keeps an eye out for dreamers lost in slumber. Our internal landscapes are vast and complicated. We could all use a friendly guide in the upside down of our imagination. Where do you go when you sleep?See all the weird things I’ve been working on, plus beautiful new work by @danielcurranart and @ryshu at Galeria Regina tonight, Saturday August 17th 5-9pm.

This Amber Eyed Peeping Bloom always keeps an eye out for dreamers lost in slumber. Our internal landscapes are vast and complicated. We could all use a friendly guide in the upside down of our imagination. Where do you go when you sleep?

See all the weird things I’ve been working on, plus beautiful new work by @danielcurranart and @ryshu at Galeria Regina tonight, Saturday August 17th 5-9pm.

Casting a Woolly Caterpillar

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This is a split mold, which means I poured it as a single block and cut it open for casting. Check out the below picture to see the original sculpt set up for molding. I put vents in the middle to prevent air bubbles. The blocks beneath the caterpillar are reservoirs to make pouring the resin easier.

Get your own cutie this Saturday at Galeria Regina, 5-9pm.

Flower Bits

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Cleaning up the seams and putting together the inside flower bits.The pieces were so small that, even with a pressure pot, I was getting air bubbles. I ended up pouring with the mold open, and topping it off after strapping it together. A little more clean up than usual, but those tiny chisels get the job done easy. Check out this and more at Journey to Terra Flora this Saturday, 5-9 at Galeria Regina.

Close up

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Close up .This Gumhead head is about 1 inch wide, teeth on the other side. What do you think Gumheads dream about?Gumheads are elemental spirits. They begin as forgotten wads of gum, stuck under tables and chairs. Most bubblegum is ordinary, but every once in a while, through a twist of fate (and a little saliva), old gumwads awaken as mischievous sprites.Sticky and malleable, they love to steal and hoard tiny objects. They've got your DNA in them, but gumheads aren't always friendly. They have a penchant for chaos when left unattended, but are easily won over with gifts and attention. Under the right circumstances, gumheads are fun companions and can bring good luck and adventure.

This Gumhead head is about 1 inch wide, teeth on the other side. What do you think Gumheads dream about?

Gumheads are elemental spirits. They begin as forgotten wads of gum, stuck under tables and chairs. Most bubblegum is ordinary, but every once in a while, through a twist of fate (and a little saliva), old gumwads awaken as mischievous sprites.Sticky and malleable, they love to steal and hoard tiny objects. They’ve got your DNA in them, but gumheads aren’t always friendly. They have a penchant for chaos when left unattended, but are easily won over with gifts and attention. Under the right circumstances, gumheads are fun companions and can bring good luck and adventure.

Froyo Fellas

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#fbf to these sweet  swirl Froyo Fellas I made a few years back. What are they even? Glad you asked.With swirls born of machines and magic, these dapper darlings inspire sugary mischief wherever they go. The spirit of a Froyo Fella is a dichotomy of crunchy, creamy complexity.  Sharper than ice cream, these low fat adventurers brave the sunshine to seek a life outside the froyo shop, wild animals in their own right.  The Froyo Fellas are full of wiggles and giggles, but sometimes bite--so watch your fingers.

FBF to these sweet swirl Froyo Fellas I made a few years back. What are they even? Glad you asked.

With swirls born of machines and magic, these dapper darlings inspire sugary mischief wherever they go. The spirit of a Froyo Fella is a dichotomy of crunchy, creamy complexity. Sharper than ice cream, these low fat adventurers brave the sunshine to seek a life outside the froyo shop, wild animals in their own right. The Froyo Fellas are full of wiggles and giggles, but sometimes bite–so watch your fingers.

Demolding

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I’ll have a fresh batch of Gumheads in the upcoming show. This will be the last drop of Dubble Bubble and Very Berry Gumheads for the foreseeable future, so save the date if you want to score one! July 13th at Galleria Regina. A Gumhead getting its arms. These little guys are double cast, which is just what it sounds like. After casting and painting the core, I fit it into a second mold to cast the translucent layer.

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