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2011 March

Dr. Oz Show graphics

I filled in on The Dr. Oz Show for a few weeks when my friend Mike Pantuso needed someone to cover for him while he was busy with another project.

There were so many bottles of pills to re-label! And foods that needed tiny signs!

Candy Television

At first I tried making this breakaway glass TV screen out of expensive plastic casting materials, but to keep things within our budget I switched to a sugar-glass recipe.

I made a silicone rubber mold of the actual TV screen, so that the mold could be carefully flexed away from the screen without cracking. The super-hot melted sugar and corn syrup mixture was poured into the mold and spread evenly onto the form until it cooled.

The best benefit of candy glass over plastic breakaway glass was that instead of needing to wear a respirator, I could eat the casting material! Also, I was surprised that the candy glass could be carefully sanded and painted… though it did deform over time, so it needed to be used within a day or two.

Jason Singleton built the pneumatic punching mechanism, and Dario Gimenez modified the TV’s wooden cabinet.

Family Circus Art Show!

I made this piece for a Family Circus-themed art show at the Guilty Pleasures Gallery (aka: curator Liz Zanis’s apartment.)

Billy runs when the large orange ring background rotates – the ground beneath his feet has offset bumps so that each foot is alternately set in motion. The faster the ring spins, the faster little Billy’s foam legs run.

It was made out of leftover materials destined for the trash: dented foamcore, faded construction paper, scraps of insulation foam, and almost-empty tubes of paint.

Greeking Garbage for Grouches

“Greeking” is when logos are obscured, or fake product names are made for labels that will appear on television.

These are some cans I made for Oscar the Grouch. I used globs of hot glue to simulate goop on the cans… the best part of making things for the grouch is that it is okay for them to be messy!

one-day-project: Giant Car-Smashing Mallet Machines

I worked on a pilot for a television show with a brutal schedule: one day to build everything, and one day to shoot the episode. Wow!

I built four steel frames to hold each pneumatically-operated mallet, and when some alterations were requested, I modified the design so that the mallets would swing perpendicular to the direction that I’d originally planned.