Saturday, December 31, 2016
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In my last post of 2016 I wanted to show you some petite robots that I recently made. I have a thing for robots and you can see a past robot project here. These little darlings were intended to be high end ornaments for a gallery. After all these years of working with metal and doing photo-etching, apparently, I still don't have a sense of how much time it will take to complete a project. While these robots were meant to sell for around $100 in a gallery, by the time I had the last rivet hammered into place, I had way too much time invested in them. I couldn't really afford to place them in the gallery, especially considering that I get 50% of the retail price. In the end, my two sisters each got a robot for Christmas and my friend, Zo, was gifted one on the solstice .... and lucky me .... I got to keep three.
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It's not shown in this photo but each robot was equipped with a chain, attached at the shoulders, for hanging on the tree or a wall. Mine will hang as a small group on the wall year round.
The petite robots measure approximately 6.5" tall x 2.5" wide (not including the chain). Each is photo etched, using salt water and a car battery charger, on either brass, copper or nickel. The arms and legs are made from tubing and everything is assembled with tiny rivets. A light coat of lacquer will keep tarnish at bay.
The petite robots and I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a sweet new year filled to overflowing with creativity, laughter, excellent health and a child-like wonder. We are surrounded by beauty all the time ... everyday ... let's open our eyes to it in 2017.
PS....I mentioned earlier in this post that my two sisters each received a robot for Christmas. I just received an email from my sister, Mary, who lives in TN. All her grown kids were home for the holidays and apparently the whole family had a grand time naming her robot. I love it that creativity on my part started this whole endeavor and then followed that little robot all the way to Tennessee where creativity continued in sorting out a name. Here is the email she sent me.
It turns out that the naming of a robot is no simple task. Like all important projects, we started with information gathering.
I had such fun watching the jar fill. I am including the list of names (in no particular order) in case you are ever faced with such a daunting task!
Robot E. Lee
Robot De Niro
Stuart, Stu-bot, or Steve
Ganlebot x 5
Rory the Robot
Andreas Weslean Leganza v2.0
Honestly, I could name a host of robots with these excellent names. I tried out a few several days at a time. I have several favorites. You can see what we settled on below.
Ulysses of Homer fame. It turns out there is an Ithaca connection in the history of Ulysses which makes it even more fun. (Mary's son , Andrew, is working on his graduate degree at Cornell in Ithaca.)
If you use any of these excellent names to name anything, please share it with us. Honestly, this is the best list ever from clever, fun, honest, loving people. Love to all, best wishes always, and Happy 2017