May 8, 2014 AT 8:00 am

(Fifth) Elemental Mood Lighting SciFi Replica Project #3DxRobotics #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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Sarah Petkus and her partner Mark took some time out of their Maker Faire prep time (or waiting for parts to arrive time) to attempt to recreate mechanically-working replicas of the stones from the film The Fifth Element. Check out a few of their documentation videos below for snapshots of their progress so far.

(Fifth) Elemental Mood Lighting SciFi Replica Project:

We probably shouldn’t have taken on this side project amidst all the pressure to prepare on time for our display at Maker Faire, however I’m glad we have this awesome life relic to show for it!

…First of all, if you haven’t seen The Fifth Element, all you need to know is that we’re making replicas of these fancy things below which will operate with mechanical and electrical parts instead of spooky earth magic like in the movie =]

…Since my last update, I took the four complete 3D printed stones and gave their surface a rather sharp makeover. All those years in art school came in handy again. It surprises me just how many techies have never heard of gesso … so I’m tapping this apparent art secret for the sake of painting on an otherwise stubborn surface. ABS will take acrylic paint, however instead of priming it with anything you might get from Home Depot in the paint section… you can go to Blick and grab a pint of clear gesso (canvas primer). It may be a little more expensive, but it’s less volatile, doesn’t have any fumes, and has the best tooth when it dries for painting on… you’ll be thankful you spent the extra money.

So, I gessoed my rocks… and painted them over with a nice solid undercoat of dark muddy brown. The lighter color was dry brushed on top with a healthy amount of baby powder added to the paint to give it a matte, chunky appearance when it dried.

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