Our Monoprice Maker Select PLA 3D printer has a fine 0.4mm resolution output but smoothing the ridged surface created in the 3D print process is still needed, so mass producing pins in 3D print would be too labor and time intensive (takes 4 hours to print 4 pins). The plan was to 3D print 4 masters for each character, smooth the model masters with XTC-3D (see blog post 3D Prints : Smoothing) make silicone molds and cast the pins in resin. The pins are primed and painted with acrylics and then varnished. I left the ridged layer effect on the hair to add texture and on the Ventriloquist Puppet to create the impression of wood grain. Necks were added to the pin heads for the addition of collars, bow ties and ruffles.
We enjoy incorporating various textures and materials in our pieces to add dimension to the characters. For example, Mad scientist “Dr. Kronk” features a teal satin ribbon collar with side buttons, while his goggles are glass cabochon eyes creating the illusion of magnified eyeballs, for that extra touch of madness. In contrast, “Vincent de LaRue” is portrayed as a glamorous 1920s Hollywood leading man with a white tuxedo collar and black tie. Another character, the “Duchess of Wade” is adorned with a vintage ribbon “crown” and chiffon ruffles, exuding an extravagant charm. Last but not least, the “wooden” ventriloquist puppet “Paulie Puppethead”, looks quite dapper with his polka-dot bow tie to distract from his “lazy-eye”. A display card was created for each character designed to reflect their individual styles.