Week 3: Material Choices

Overview

As much as character design or sculpting, material choice can be a huge influence on the final piece.

Vinyl, resin, and cast plastics are popular in the art toy world.  But these are not typical materials we work with at ITP.  We’re going to look at some ITP friendly and non-traditional material choices for art toys.

 

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Display Our Work

Take a few minutes to display this weeks assignment.

 

Artists to watch

Lou Lou’s Woodshop
Sad Salesman (Eric Althin)
Blamo
Flat Bonnie

 

Materials

Material can add meaning to your piece.  Is it high end?  Delicate?  Exotic?  Polished?  Crude?  Juxtaposed (wooden robot)?

Typically, art toys are made mostly from vinyl or resin.  But we have a different list of ITP friendly materials.

Choosing the right material is only half of it.  What material technique or process do you plan to use to work with the material?

Keep in mind, your final pieces can be made up of one or many different types of material, as well as being made with one or many different material techniques.

 

Natural Wood

Wood shouldn’t be too foreign for us.  Wood comes in a variety of sizes, shapes, and species.  Picking out a species of wood can add a lot to a piece.

Various wood types

Traditional wood working techniques are cutting, carving, sanding, drilling, routing, filing, dremeling.

David Week’s Studio makes quite a few wooden designer toys.

what-did-i-eat-ephunt – Amanda Visell

Wooden elephant toy sculpture

Plywood

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At ITP we have a few specialty wood working tools.  These machines require more experience or training to use.

Wood Turning (using the lathe)

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CNC Milling: 4 Axis mill, 3 axis mill

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Walnut blue lion head #voltron #makingtoys

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Laser Cutting and Engraving

https://www.instagram.com/p/BNNCMatAEBq/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

Be warned, it is difficult to “elevate” a wooden laser cut project.  Design, technique, and finish can aid in this.

 

Plastic

We use a lot of acrylic, delrin, sheet vinyl, PLA, and styrene around here.

Milled Acrylic Inlay (not laser cut acrylic)

Acrylic Inlay

3D Prints

Be warned, it is difficult to “elevate” a plastic 3D print.  Design, technique, and finish can aid in this.

Vacuum Forming

Cut Vinyl
Heavy Eyes Diver and Shark

CNC Milling: 4 Axis mill, 3 axis mill

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Milling almost done #waterbear

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4 axis milled foosball players
Designed and milled by David Rios

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Spider Bots are done #robotrecipes

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Metal

Most likely aluminum or brass if you are working with it in our shop.  You can mill it, turn it, roll it, punch it, and nibble it.  It can even be 3D printed (Shapeways or Metal infused filament).

3 axis milled aluminum

Turned aluminum toy body

Flat aluminum parts rolled into rounded parts

 

Fabric

You can make plush pieces.

Felt

Acrylic felt can be laser cut.

Horrible Adorables

Leather

Leather can be cut, embossed, laser etched, wet formed, milled, and or dyed.  It adds a high end element to a toy.

 

Circuit board material FR4 Printed Circuit Board Material
Def Con Badges

K7 – Pedro Galvão Cesar de Oliveira

Mini Sam – more images

Mini Sam circuit board

 

Exotics

I don’t expect most of you to try these materials, but I haven’t seen a lot of art toys made from these materials.  Possible to be one of a few working with these materials.

Cast Concrete

 

Ceramic

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Paper/Cardboard

 

Cork

Cork can be milled in shorter times than denser materials like wood, plastic, and metal.

Cork and plastic toy race car

First Gear

Mushrooms

In the Fungus Among Us class, we found that mushrooms can be molded into forms with pretty good results.

Mushroom molded into a toy boat form

 

In Class Demo

Acrylic Inlay

Slip Roll

Laser cutting with turning axis

 

Assignment

Pick your material(s), pick your process, and get going.  I want to see a sculpt that is close to the finished product.  Think of it as the first run piece from your 4 piece line.  Don’t worry about finish yet (unless you want to).

You should pick material that is fitting for your piece.  Pick a technique you enjoy or want to learn.

 


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