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Collecticraft Minis! My new Miniatures Website

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Hey hey!  I just launched a website selling unpainted 3d printed miniatures, so far in quarter scale.  Currently it features my LouisXVI line that I’ve blogged about here.  I hope you enjoy it, and if you love miniatures and painting, that it inspires you – maybe enough to honour me with a purchase? 🙂

http://www.collecticraft.com

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The Box of 2012

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I don’t mind offering some of my artistic designs for free to give a little something to the public .. and to promote my work.  But there is a limit to how far I can go to do this and keep myself sustained in a career.  I think digital rights are extremely important with the advent of 3D printing, more so than ever.

*Fortunately*, multiple ideas and technologies have been and are being discussed about how to facilitate an artists ability to protect their digital work from being reproduced without permission. One such technology is under development to encrypt 3d digital files in such a way that a 3d printer cannot print the file without a security code.

*Unfortunately*, the manufacturer’s of 3d printers (ie. Makerbot), 3D printing services (ie. Shapeways) and the communities that they have created (ie. Thingiverse created by Makerbot) who demand free designs continue to rail against these developments.

Guys – we love your 3d printers, and your 3D printing service.  I love Makerbot. I love Shapeways. I love Thingiverse –  We (I) put money in your pockets to buy your products – but –

HUGE conflict of interest people …

I get it – you want your customers to have some free designs to print on their machines, but don’t go overboard.  Please stop steam rolling over technology that could help artists make a living. I’m tired of reading your blog entries about intellectual property. They are rarely if ever on the side of the intellectual property owner.

If we continue down this road, the best 3d artists and designers will have to spend less time arting and designing, because they will have to spend it elsewhere earning money to live.

Net result: A whole bunch of boxy designs because no one has time to do great design

– you’ll sit on a 2012 box

-you’ll eat off a 2012 box

-you’ll sleep on a box from 2012

-you’ll hang a pretty box from 2012 on your wall

-your teachers will teach you how to make boxes like the ones they made in 2012

 -No one can afford the time to design outside the box of 2012.

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Shades of Blue: More painted Louis XVI furniture

Here is my next piece this evening, this one with a blue background and a painted “needlework” floral design.

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Painted in Pink! Louis XVI seating

At long last, I’ve fought through my not-for-me (not-for-profit) responsibilities to get back to to printing furniture for an upcoming miniatures show in Toronto (the MET show).  I managed to get a bunch of my Louis XVI furniture printed, assembled, polished, base coated, and finally my first finished paint job on a set.

Pretty in Pink, perfect for Marie Antoinette, or a Victorian Socialite 🙂  YAY!

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Fanshroom Update

Alas, after creating the FanShroom and being comfident about applying to Fan Expo, I called their office to find out – not surprisingly – that they were at their capacity for Artist’s Alley and had quite a long waiting list.

But, at least I got a cool FanShroom design out of it! 🙂

Congratulations to Heather from http://wwwTrampt.com for winning the first set of FanShrooms in my hidden contest!

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