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Gis.to Robot Making

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This is a sneak peek into the DIY process of making glass robots. These were gifts created for individuals who donated funds to help support the development of gis.to, a source for short summaries of long-form content on the web.

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Gis.to Robot Making

  1. 1. THE MAKING OF GLASSGIS.TO ROBOTS<br />
  2. 2. THE CONCEPT. WE USED KIDS CLAY, PAPER, AND RANDOM BOLTS FROM A PIECE OF FAILED IKEA FURNITURE<br />
  3. 3. SCULPTED A ROBOT USING PRO CLAY THEN BAKED IT IN THE OVEN TO MAKE IT ROCK HARD<br />
  4. 4. IT WAS THEN TIME TO MAKE MOLDS USING OOMOO. A DELIGHTFULLY TOXIC AT-HOME MOLD MIX (THIS TOOK US 3 TRIES TO GET RIGHT)<br />
  5. 5. THE TRICK TO ACTIVATING THE HARDENING IS TO MIX TWO PARTS OF THE OOMOO TOGETHER. THE COLOR ENDED UP BEING “LIGHT GRIMACE”<br />
  6. 6. VOILA. A FLEXIBLE MOLD WAS READY THE NEXT DAY. THE CLAY ROBOT STILL INSIDE. <br />
  7. 7. WE CUT THE MOLD OPEN AND RIPPED OUT THE CLAY ROBOT. HERE’S KATIE CHANNELLING GEORGIA O’KEEFFE<br />
  8. 8. WE USED THIS OLD CROCK-POT TO HEAT UP WAX AND POUR INTO THE MOLD TO CREATE LOTS OF WAX ROBOTS ONE BY ONE. THEN WE MADE CHILI (NOT)<br />
  9. 9. NOW THAT OUR MINI ARMY WAS READY, IT WAS TIME TO GET TO THE HEAVY-DUTY MAKING<br />
  10. 10. WE MIXED ABOUT 50 LBS OF PLASTER AND CREATE 3 SETS OF ROBOT MOLDS THAT WOULD END UP IN THE KILN<br />
  11. 11. THE NEXT MORNING WE HAD THESE CAKE-LOOKING CYNLINDERS WITH THE WAX ROBOTS INSIDE (HEAVY)<br />
  12. 12. THE NEXT DAY WAS SPENT USING AN INDUSTRIAL STEAMER TO MELT THE WAX OUT LEAVING THESE EMPTY ROBOT SPOTS<br />
  13. 13. TIME FOR THE GLASS STUDIO. THE GOOD FOLKS AT CHICAGO HOT GLASS WERE SUPER HELPFUL<br />
  14. 14. WE POURED BLACK GLASS FRIT INTO THE EMPTY MOLDS AND POPPED THEM IN THE GLASS OVEN<br />
  15. 15. 72 HOURS AND 155O DEGREES LATER WE HAD SOME SHINY GLASS ROBOTS. WE WERE FEELIN’ HOT HOT HOT<br />
  16. 16. GLASS FORMS IMPERFECTLY SO WE USED THIS DIAMOND WHEEL TO SMOOTH OUT THE EDGES. THIS WAS ODDLY RELAXING<br />
  17. 17. DIRTY…BUT THE ROBOTS WERE READY TO LEAVE THE GLASS STUDIO<br />
  18. 18. KATIE WAS NOT LACKING IN SHOE BOXES, SO WE SNAGGED ONE FOR SAFE TRANSPORTATION<br />
  19. 19. WE PAINTED AND LACQUERED THESE BAD BOYS UP, THEN WATCHED THE BEARS LOSE (AGAIN) WHILE THE ROBOTS DRIED<br />
  20. 20. GLASS GISTO ROBOTS!!!!<br />THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO DONATED TO OUR KICKSTARTER!<br />

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