OF THE WEEK
Bob Schneider, Sun City West, AZ
this technique will produce the illusion of the
artwork's eyes "following" you as you move
around in front of it.
and instructions to make
AND SUPPLIES NEEDED, (not normally used for
white plastic, such as a cover from a cottage cheese container.
brown Teddy Bear Eyes, size 16mm (available from craft store).
grindstone (available from hardware store).
It has a 1/4" shaft and a rounded point similar to the radius of the
teddy bear eyes.
assemble and solder the entire head, but do NOT foil or solder around
the space you left open for the teddy bear eyes.
the artwork face down on a cushioned surface, such as a double
thickness of bath towels, or similar. Leave a space under the eye
openings for the next operation.
the drill and grindstone, slowly grind the eye openings to receive the
teddy bear eyes, using the rounded point. Grind deep enough so that the
teddy bear eyes will fit just about flush with the back side, but don't
grind through to the front side.
the plastic teddy bear eyes have a "stem" on the back, snip it off with
a wire cutter and file smooth and flat to remove any high spots.
you are satisfied with how the eyes fit, put them aside and complete
foiling and soldering around
the eye openings. Avoid foiling the ground surfaces that would keep the
teddy bear eyes from fitting properly. Trim if necessary.
eyes in place. Use tiny amount of glue so it doesn't leak on front of
two oval shapes from the thin white plastic (scissors work well for
this). They should be large enough to just cover each eye opening on
ovals in place with epoxy glue, and it's ready to patina and frame.
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Robert R. Schneider
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