they can even print on wood

anonymous asked:

One thing I'm not sure about with 3D printed stuff, is how is that judged or should it be judged for craftsmanship? What questions should a judge ask? Is it more or less work, etc?

This is a great question! When I first started getting into 3D printing it is something I thought about a lot. 

How 3D Printing Fits In

Cosplay already is a huge amalgamation of skills. We’re here styling wigs (sometimes that alone is an understatement), doing makeup, sewing, crafting, working with electronics, engineering all sorts of structures and contraptions, we’re woodworking, painting both digitally and traditionally, modeling, writing skits and acting in them. Cosplay judges already have it rough! How do you compare a brilliantly sewn ballgown to a brilliantly crafted suit of armor when the skills, tools and techniques behind making them are so  different? 

In that craziness, I think 3D printing is able to fit right in. 3D modeling? Cosplayers have been using models for pepakura crafting. Machine precision? Vinyl cutting and laser cutting for cosplay are rare but not unheard of. Plastic pieces? Worbla, wonderflex, PETG … we’re no strangers to thermoplastics. And from there the filling, sanding, priming and painting is similar to just about any other armor or prop. 

3D printing is tool that can help with the creation of costumes, and I think 3D printed props can be judged alongside others. However it is important to remember this is a tool and not a magical solution or an impossible skill.


Cheating at cosplay competitions isn’t something new. There have been cosplayers caught passing off commissioned/bought costumes as their own work and there are cosplayers who were called out for winning awards with commissioned costumes. Unfortunately, 3D printing offers new avenues for cheating:

  • Props, accessories and other models are offered for free on a variety of sites and communities. There are also models for sale, models could be commissioned and even printed pieces could be sold as part of kits. How do you tell if someone modeled their own piece or if they downloaded it?
  • Even though pieces can be downloaded, cosplayers may still add their own additions. At what point does it become their own work?
  • How much value should be put into the initial modeling vs. finishing the object. How does painting a nerf gun compare to making a gun from scratch?

  • If judges are uninformed about 3D printing, it will be easier to pass off someone else’s modeling work as your own.

What Should Judges Ask?

  • Did you model it yourself or download a model?
    Modeling it yourself is like drafting a sewing pattern or designing a pepakura file. Downloading is like using a commercial pattern or downloading the pep file and working from it.

  • What program did you use or how did you construct it?
    If they modeled it they should be able to tell you what program or programs they used in designing it. They may be able to give you examples of challenges they faced or how they solved some design problem. They may be able to show you modeling progress pictures. 

  • Did you modify a file? How much and why?
    If they downloaded a model, they may still have made a significant contribution to it through modification. Similar to altering a sewing pattern. With modeling, their contribution could also be to solve problems: smoothing out a really choppy game rip or fixing an impossible object/broken geometry. 

  • Did you print it yourself or through a service?
    Setting up a print is pretty quick and relatively easy, but there is still skill involved in problem solving errors and choosing the best settings. A comparison might be getting a wig that is already the right length for your style vs. getting a wig that is too long and needs to be cut before you can style.  There is a little bit more knowledge and skill involved in cutting the wig to the right length first. If you are unsure about their answer try asking them about the printer they used, the print settings or the infill % used. 

  • What material did you choose and why?
    There are different printing materials although ABS and PLA are the most common. Asking the cosplayer what material they printed with, and why, can give you information about their involvement in the printing side of things. PLA is the easier to use material and it smells a lot less, but it also is less heat resistant than ABS. ABS is more heat resistant, perfect if your prop will be sitting in the sun, but it smells terrible when printing and is more tempermental. Other materials include resins, wood filament (looks, smells and feels like wood), copper filament which is heavy and metallic, nylon and even carbon fiber! 

  • How did you prep your piece and paint it?
    3D printing gets you a prop, but few pieces will be perfect right out of the printer. Home printers are usually fairly small and most prints will be in multiple pieces that have to be glued together. From there, there is filling, sanding, priming, sanding and painting once the base is smooth — much like making armor or props from other materials. Judge these finishing steps the same way you would other projects. 

  • Why did you choose 3D printing over another method?
    Understanding why they went with 3D printing might help you with your overall assessment of their pieces. 

What should cosplayers do to be prepared for judging?

  • Document your progress so you can show the work put into it and provide it is your work. Take screenshots through the modeling process, take a picture of the print as it looks off the printer and show the settings you chose when setting up your print.  

  • Give credit where it is due. If you built off another person’s work or used another person’s model: tell the judges. 

  • Be willing to explain your process and what it means, your judges may have no knowledge of 3D printing. Remember, you have a short amount of time to “sell” them your costume as the best. Letting them know where you spent your time, what skills were used and what challenges you faced will help them understand what went into the costume you are wearing. Tell them you spent hours sculpting in mudbox and creatively sliced your piece to fit on a tiny printer the same way you would tell them you spent hours beading and made your own lace. 

Is 3D printing More or Less Work?

The first thing I 3D printed for cosplay was my Rosalina brooch. I turned to 3D printing because I was having trouble getting crisp lines and a proper star shape. To do it,  I drew a vector drawing in illustrator and brought that into a 3D program. Then through extruding, beveling and subtracting I was able to create the shapes I wanted. For me, it was easier to create the shape digitally but it also involved applying my vector skills/knowledge and learning 3d modeling skills/knowledge. It is hard to say if that is more or less work than using the same vector as a stencil to use with the worbla/foam. In this scenario it is a means to an end.

Another piece that I used in cosplay was my Lucoa horns. These were originally designed by diogok but I came up with a peg system to attach them to the hat and Kevin did the modeling for me. Downloading the file was definitely less work, even though we made modifications. In this scenario, 3D printing saved time and work by building off existing models and just having to paint the final piece. 

So it largely depends on the work put into the piece compared to other methods. There are going to be things that are easier to do in 3D printing and there are going to be things that are easier with other materials. The best thing to do as a judge is asking questions to find out how involved the cosplayer was with their work. As a cosplayer, the best thing to do is explain how much work you put into a piece, what the challenges were, and why you chose to 3D print over other methods. 

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smirkdude  asked:

This might come off stupid, but how do you make your drawings into keychains? ^^''' I wanted to try it out for awhile

Not stupid at all! ^^
It can be hard to learn at first, sometimes a really long process haha
The way I do it is I pay a company to print my artwork onto acrylic which they cut and send my way!! My go-to is Zap Creatives.
There are multiple different companies but this suits me best and I’m familiar with it (along with many of my friends). 
You can decide how big you want them, or even your choice of materials. Clear acrylic, semi-transparent and also opaque-sparkly acrylics! Wood also!!! Matte backing, gloss backing, single sided double sided etc etc!
There are tutorial guides and templates for you to use on Zap’s website that you can download. You can draw directly on the template that are given to you or import your artwork from other programs and resize. (which I did)
CMYK conversion is also important (this is basically optimizing your colors so that they appear correctly when printed, if u didn’t know what that is). 

You basically pay them what you want, and send them files of your art on their templates and make sure it is all correct ^^ they do as little as 1 charm for testers and such!

anonymous asked:

Hi! Are there any cheap (but still nice) pens, highlighters, or notebooks you know of (and maybe where I could buy some)? Thanks!

Ahhhh, yes! I live for cheap, yet cute stationary. And since we’re almost into school season, I’ll throw in some school supplies! 


Target - Target is a very good store as it provides you with ordinary school supplies at a cheaper rate than Staples.. plus there’s a $5 and under section near the entrance of the store- it’s amazing. 

Daiso - I love, love, LOVE Daiso. It’s a high-end dollar store, well, $1.50 store. They have lots of cute sticky posts, journals, highlighters, pens, washi tape rolls and a bunch of other stationary goods. Daiso is literal heaven and they don’t break as easily as you think the items would! They also have various types of storage for stationary.  Found an off brand post it pack like this and post it tape like this at daiso before! 

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irisbleufic’s response to my post on the woodcut illustrations in the American first edition of Good Omens initiated some research into the illustrator, David Frampton. She helped me confirm that Frampton’s art is the first visual representation we have of Crowley and Aziraphale’s appearance.

Frampton is an American artist who has been illustrating children’s books for over thirty years, although his earliest published work I found was the album cover Stand Up (1969) by Jethro Tull. Born in Brooklyn, New York, his father was an advertising artist. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Illus: Merlin and the dragons, woodcut by David Frampton, from Of Swords and Sorcerers by Margaret Hodges and Margery Evernden, 1993

Frampton’s medium of choice is woodcut. I wonder if he appreciated the GO callout to Albrecht Dürer?

Often when I describe the process to someone and they come to realize just how involved and time consuming the process is, they inevitably ask, “Couldn’t you get the job done faster and easier with paint or crayons?” The answer is “yes,” but it’s not as much fun. I just like doing woodcuts. When you look at the finished print it has a certain look, a look that says, “This picture was done by hand.” You can see the process in the picture itself. You can see that someone took a flat piece of wood and carved a picture on it. You can see that paint was applied to that surface and then that surface was pressed against a piece of paper.

Frampton usually does prints using multiple blocks for multiple colors, but even so, his work demonstrates beautiful interplay between light and shadow. 

Illus: Giant squid and sperm whale: woodcut by David Frampton from Whaling Days by Carol Carrick, 1993

Of interest to book collectors: I discovered the 2002 Spanish trade paperback (Buenos Presagios) translation by Maria Ferrer contains the original woodcut illustrations adapted with the appropriate Spanish initials, although I was unable to verify this (ISBN  9788479048778).

anonymous asked:

If you dont mind me asking.. Where do you get your charms made? Ive been trying to open up my own store but im not sure which places/sites are good ;;;; Sorry for bothering!

Hey no worries!

The quality was great, I was happy with the product! 

I think Acorn Press is good for beginning artists because they are cheaper in price and have smaller minimum quantity orders! If you want you can order 10 of a single design rather than 25 or 50 like other places. They offer both clear and white acrylic, plus their selection is actively growing! (If you do order clear acrylic charms double sided printing is included! But I recommend springing for the “double white” if the front and back designs differ to prevent see through!) They are also U.S. based so shipping in-country isn’t bad!

Very good and safe bet for beginner charm artists!

Some other places you can order charms from include Zap! Creatives, Inkit Labs, and ChillyPig Creations.

In my opinion it is the middle ground between Acorn and Inkit. It is more expensive than Acorn but less than Inkit. They also offer more options and features than Acorn for acrylic charms including clear, metallic, glitter, and even wood just to name a few. 

Personally I have not ordered from them before but I am looking to place an order soon! Unfortunately they do not have a small minimum order number like Acorn, but I know many artists buy their charms from this company.

Plus they offer many different services other than charms including stickers, standees, and even enamel pins now!

This company probably caters more toward intermediate charm artists. 

This company is by far the most expensive of the three. I also have not ordered from this company before either but I’ve heard very good things about it. They don’t offer as many fancy options as Zaps when it comes to acrylic options (limited to clear, white, color, and wood) but I’ve heard they are worth the buck if you’re willing to spend it. I recently ordered a sample pack from them! Still waiting on that to come in though since it’s an international company. 

I’d say this company is for the more experienced charm artists. 

Honestly I’m not sure about this one. Never ordered from here but I’ve heard the name before. 


Here’s a little sneak peek of one of the things we’ve collected for our next home decor project in the works! Our friend @jackrobert7 makes these beautiful wooden frames and I’m stoked to have some of our own. Please take a look at his Etsy shop for these and even more styles of handcrafted wood frames. You can also use the coupon code THEGOODRICHWIFE for 20% off your first order.


Appreciating Punk Culture, Cats and Sia With Los Angeles Artist Zoë Zag

To see more of Zoë Zag’s concert posters, check out @zcrytuff on Instagram. For more music stories, head to @music.

Growing up in L.A., Zoë Zag (@zcrytuff) loved art but never thought of it as a career option. “I didn’t go to art school. I’ve taken classes but I don’t really understand why it’s like, ‘Oh, now I have a piece of paper that says I’m an artist.’ That doesn’t really work for me.”

That all changed thanks to a chance encounter with a pop star and a longtime friendship with a quartet of skate punks who realized their potential as musicians. After meeting Sia in Echo Park and bonding over some ice cream, Zoë ended up doing the production design for her “Chandelier” video. “That was the first time I got paid for art and it blew my mind. Like, ‘Are you kidding me?’” she says.

At that point, Zoë was in the first year of her relationship with FIDLAR drummer Max Kuehn, who she knew, along with his bandmates, since they were high schoolers. The graffiti cover for their second album, Too, is actually a wall in her living room, and she designed much of their recent merch and music videos. Most notably, the visuals for lead single “40 oz. on Repeat” hilariously spoofed everything from Soundgarden and Oasis to Jamiroquai and Missy Elliott. “It’s such an awesome family of people that welcomed me into the group,” she says. “It’s really fun and natural.”

On top of that, Zoë and Max have their own lo-fi band the Squirmers, which she fronts while he plays the instruments. Last year, they released their four-song debut EP Tampico, named after the juice they’d mix with cheap vodka. “You can’t get worse than that,” says Zoë, laughing while revealing that it’s also a reminder of a “f—ed up” period in her life. So far, the Squirmers have played one show, which also happened to be her birthday party. “It’s not my main thing. It’s not like, ‘I’m a musician now. I’m going to start playing shows and tour.’”

As fall turns to winter, Zoë’s current focus is screen printing jackets and shirts, drawing inspiration from old punk gig flyers and vintage advertisements. “It’s easy to pick up a pen and draw a lady, a body, but we see that all the time so I stay away from that,” she says. “When I see ink on a piece of paper it’s not very exciting to me. What’s cool about screen printing is I can draw something very small and then blow it up. I’ll even carve out wood, stamp it and make a shirt.”

With Max on the road, Zoë’s at home with their cat Brian Eno. “He’s like a dog. When we’re recording he just hangs out. He’ll crawl into Max’s bass drum and sleep.”

Happily for both pet and owner, Max will soon be home for a couple months, during which they’ll finally finish a bunch more Squirmers songs. There are no set plans for an album, though Zoë already has ideas for videos and maybe a few gigs at bowling alleys or warehouses.

“Who knows what we’ll do,” she says, “but I know it’s going to be fun.”

—Dan Reilly for Instagram @music


I made these out of necessity, i didnt know how to spin, but i bought an amazing batt and needed a spindle made from something on hand.

You can see, each yo-yo yields 2 spindles (duh). The other side is lighter because it doesn’t have the cool springs that make it auto return. 

Cheap yoyos tend to crack during drilling, this was a yomega, but the kind that couldn’t sleep. I’d never ruin my nice yo-yos even though i don’t use them.

I’m working on a 3d printed spindle that uses what i learned from these. Theyre the only spindles I have ever used and they have spoiled me incredibly because they have no air resistance and are perfectly balanced, more than any wood could ever be. They are 35 grams and 28 grams. my only complaint is that they aren’t great for spinning singles for 24wpi 3 ply. I tend to spin thin.

If you want, I can try to explain how to make one with minimal tools. I could use another set.

To Hell and Back: Part One

I know it’s late, I fell asleep and I am real sorry if anyone has been waiting impatiently. But it’s finally here, part one of TH&B.

The posting schedule for this is going to be Monday nights (but that is subject to change, so watch for posts about that.)

2600+ words, SFW.



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