Getting hyped about the Hybrid…

Although I didn’t manage to use the plunge rougher for my wave piece, I felt inspired to incorporate it into my hybrid. Then an idea came to me, why not create something that had two different surfaces on the interior and exterior? It needed to be something transparent or translucent in order for the effects to be experienced from one side and so I thought it might be a good chance to get into resin casting.

After a few drafts of trying to work it out. I decided on the following steps:

  1. Create the interior and exterior surfaces using Rhino
  2. Use the plunge rougher to route the exterior piece
  3. Use the parallel tool to route the interior piece
  4. Vacuum form both surfaces
  5. Create a jig to hold the two plastic pieces
  6. Pour resin in between the pieces
  7. Repeat step 6
  8. Join the two halves to create the vase

Seemed like a fool proof plan. However upon consultation with a few people, it seemed like casting resin on the plastic may be tricky and the solution may be to cast the resin in a plaster mould instead and directly use the blue foam piece as the interior. Since no-one I knew had actually tried either method before, the only way forward was to test.

The next challenge was to figure out what type of object to make and a vase seemed like a good place to start. Step 1 and step 2 ensued:

The next part was to get the physical objects ready for casting. Here are the steps taken to get to a plaster mould…

 

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