When I lent my services to a collegue who was working on a film about 12 years ago, I was introduced to the world of cnc. I remember watching this huge machining centre milling out a slab of mdf and turning it into a fantastic set of gears. I knew that it would have taken me hours to achieve the same thing with traditional power tools. I decided then that I would invest in a cnc router for my own business Oxenham Design. At that time I could turn on a computer, but even to check email seemed like a crazy set of operations. I persevered and learned every piece of relevant software I could get my hands on. I am now fortunate enough to be using Vectric's ASPIRE software, and Techno cnc routers, which has helped us to create some amazing projects, both in part, or in full. I thought that this blog would be a great place to share "behind the scenes" adventures with the software, materials and equipment we use, as well as the projects we build.

Monday, 6 January 2014

MARS: The Yellow Oxide Planet.

I guess it is the Court Jester who cleans the shop.
The final texturing of the styrofoam base came with the use of sand and the torch. This made really quick work of the task. The 3 combined set pieces total out at 20' long, so quick was what we wanted!

Lots and lots of rock outcroppings, that's for sure! We base coated everything with yellow oxide latex paint. This will be the first layer of 3 colors. Not everything will get glazed in detail, the stuff further back on the set will get less, and the up close stuff will get more treatments.

This was the result after the first coat of glaze. We went with a reddish brown for the first layer.

 The next few layers got darker and darker, with a wash of burnt umber as the final step.
The pictures kind of suck the life out of the colors, but they look quite good in person.
These pieces shipped out this morning to go to the studio.
The last part of the build is a table with a tilting top. The 16' long table will have the middle portion of the set on it, allowing us to adjust the final tilt angle on the day.
I didn't get any pictures of the table construction, as I will actually be building the final piece in the studio tomorrow. I just basically cut all the pieces today, for a screw together assembly tomorrow. This should make for smooth sailing I hope!

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