math art

So I’ve been struggling to get Grasshopper up and running because I hate computers and they hate me right back (listen, if I knew I could do as good a job with a hammer and chisel as a 3D printer with the shit I want to make, trust me, I fucking would), and I’ve come up with a better/different way of fastening all the individual Plexiglass panes together for my ~Plexiglass Wonders~ (working name for ‘em ‘cuz I’m in ruv). But I’d already had the holes drilled in the batch of panes I was going to do next like I’d had done for my rough draft, so for lack of better things to do for work right now, I decided to go ahead and use ‘em for another handpainted one. Need practice with the oil paint anyway. (SPOILER ALERT: I am STILL unhappy.).

I wanted to make something relevant to my class and do something different. So I got super ambitious. The saddle function printout w/ the red paint on it by the turpentine can was what I traced, one color per pane. The other printout is what it will look like finished.
I actually had to make a dinger out of two screws, a piece of particle board, and my template to hold all the panes in place while I traced them because the lines are all so close together, if the pane moved even a little bit while I was tracing it, it’d fucking everything up.
The purple pane I just finished is one past the halfway mark (and, frankly, looks the shittiest of the bunch so far). This paint thing is so frustrating. But I’ll figure it out. I just have a bad feeling the solution that I’ll be happy with will be really expensive and labor intensive…

Anyway, instead of using hex nuts as spacers on these because that
1. Sucks to do
2. Makes everything really heavy
For this one, in lieu of my better alternative method (which isn’t really worth discussing), I’m going to use nylon spacers. Which I still need to order. Hoping to assemble the thing while the paint still dries (since, y’know, it’s oil, and it’s going to take forever) without fucking anything up since the assembled form will serve as a drying rack in and of itself.

Super stoked about this one and excited to surprise my professor with it. Plus, this is a surface that’s very different from anything I’ve done so far, so it’s always fun to do new things!