As precise as I have tried to be, it still wasn’t precise enough for the parts of the Arduino. I have dremeled the hole to just fit the heat sensor and allow it to sit flush with the base of the housing. This is because it was not powerful enough to feel the heat of the hand from above the hole. I am also working on the top of the housing and the medal too, to give them a snug fit.
These are the beautiful results of the raku kiln I did today. I’ve used a white crackle tin glaze with a copper matt and a copper glossy glaze. The matt I had not used before, the results are better than I expected them to be. The colours could have been more vivid if the flames were fanned for longer, but I wanted to smoke them for the white crackle to develop. If I refired them I could improve the results, but as I have decided not to use them as the final piece I will not be doing that in the time I have left.
The copper gloss glaze has come out better than I could have hoped for. I wanted the purple and blue to be prominent as they are the colours associated with the celtic deity Arianrhod. I chose to put the copper on the bottom because it has texture that will be unexpected and cannot be thoroughly looked at because of the design. It keeps the mystery of the Celtic deities and reminds us of the unknown.
To finish the lights I have decided to burn them again, this time using the forge. I have simply held the flame over the parts of the light I have worked into to remove the shine of the metal.
The first step was to put the light bulb holder into the spring, I decided this was something I wanted to do after playing with the form of the lights. I have chosen not to pursue my original idea, because the form of the light was not working as an art piece, it was simply too bulky and messy when all the components were put together. I still want to incorporate the springs into the light because I think they add interest around the bulb, and the form of the spring is something that interests me. Choosing how to fit the spring bulb holder into the light was relatively easy, it depended how it fit better into the inner shade of the light.
Deciding where to cut the inner shade took a lot of commitment too, as I had to be sure of what I was creating before the first cut. I also had to remember where the pieces would join again. Although I am creating something quite figurative I am also working in quite a precise manner, which is a change from the beginnings of this artefact where it was all about playing around with the forms and simply doing what looked “good” and what didn’t work for the piece.