Little in-progress studio adventures to please the senses. I am currently in the last stages of building a commission for a patron in Belgium and have began experimenting (a lot) with plastics and tinting them to achieve whatever color I so desire. Smoothcast 325 by Smooth-On is amazing stuff, but really on the toxic side so use precaution kiddies.
The rotocaster is the second generation of my original design. The fundamentals remain the same (lazy susan bearings and an two frames that move on opposite axis) but the addition of a cranking mechanism and off centered mounting point takes away the need to motorize the vertical spin. The weight of the mold will create a counter to the ass-over-teakettle spinning motion and it will continue to try to find its balance as you spin the crank, thus ensuring the mold is spinning on all axis without needing to have a motor or chain drive to spin vertically.
That being said, the ratio of horizontal to vertical is about 1 : 1.5, roughly, so I'm finding it's spinning a little too slow on the vertical. I think 1 : 2 or 3 would be nice, but that will require a drive system and motor. So, I'll shelve that generation of home-built rotocaster until I get some funding/ random assortment of low rpm motors and gears (for free :) )
Excited to be finished with these guys so I can focus completely on my thesis exhibition. Which is roughly a little over a month away.
Love you, Ty.