LumberJocks

Gyroscope Orb

  • Advertise with us
Project by Simeond posted 01-20-2020 10:42 PM 443 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun experimental project.

It started with re-sawing some walnut (with a strip of sapwood in it) and then quarter-matching it to form the wood “panels”. I had 18 total panels when finished. So, I just looked up 3D geometric forms that had at least this many square sides. I ended up with a “Rhombicuboctahedron” – 18 square sides and 8 triangle sides.

I did a triangle wood carving, which I then cast in glass.

The “Gyroscope” is heartpine, made into bent-laminated circles. The frame is my first attempt at welding.

This still has some engineering issues. I’m happy to share more process photos etc.

Any and all comments welcome.

Here’s some more photos of the glass triangle process:

Prepping the wood carving to make a plaster and silica mold (shellac on the carving so it doesn’t stick):

Plaster/silica mold:

Crushed glass (colored and clear) put into a flower pot with a hole at the bottom – then placed in a kiln to allow the molten glass to drip into the mold:

I got snuck into the local Art Institute to use their kiln!

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov....... soulcraftwoodshop.com





8 comments so far

View SteveMI's profile

SteveMI

1150 posts in 3934 days


#1 posted 01-20-2020 11:09 PM

I have tried some strange geometric projects, but not on this level. I would have to take a comfortable stool to sit on and spend time admiring it. Great job.
Steve.

View MrWolfe's profile

MrWolfe

679 posts in 763 days


#2 posted 01-20-2020 11:10 PM

Extremely cool!
Does it light up from the interior? Your cast glass pieces deserve more pics on the process.
Way to push some boundaries!!! The whole piece deserves a video if it moves/spins.
Thanks for sharing.
Jon

View Simeond's profile

Simeond

87 posts in 3044 days


#3 posted 01-20-2020 11:30 PM

MrWolfe:

I added some process photos to show the glass process. I don’t know how to upload a video, though.

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov....... soulcraftwoodshop.com

View MrWolfe's profile

MrWolfe

679 posts in 763 days


#4 posted 01-21-2020 12:09 AM

=)
thanks!!!!!

View Peteybadboy's profile

Peteybadboy

1604 posts in 2589 days


#5 posted 01-21-2020 11:40 AM

Very cool!

-- Petey

View swirt's profile

swirt

4769 posts in 3612 days


#6 posted 01-21-2020 02:50 PM

Very cool result but I liked seeing the process even more. Clever!

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

View tyvekboy's profile

tyvekboy

1967 posts in 3653 days


#7 posted 01-21-2020 03:31 PM

How creative. Cool project. TFS

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

View DocSavage45's profile

DocSavage45

8887 posts in 3482 days


#8 posted 01-23-2020 08:59 PM

When your name comes up on my email I know I’ll always see a visual delight! Nice!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com