This monolithic little bird is a pet project of mine that I initially created for decor and function in my apartment. I wanted to share it with the world and Kickstarter's make/100 initiative seemed like the perfect way.
All of the birds will be cast in Chicago this Spring. Each will feature a marking of the pledge number on the underside.
Some things you might spot this little bird doing
Roosting on the kitchen table
Keeping order on the bookshelf
Anchoring a stray door
Perched atop a tower of sketchbooks
Tweeting in the garden
How it's made
The casting mold above will be used for the limited edition pieces. This 3-piece part contains a flexible silicone glove (the mint green part), which will enable casting without a visible parting line on the sides. The white parts, TPE (semi-flexible plastic) 3D prints will act as support braces while the concrete is curing.
A more simple casting mold will be available for those who wish to 3D print their own molds.
Due to the sporadic nature of concrete each bird will have a unique combination of color and surface details.
Each bird weighs a little bit more than 1 lb. / .5 kg.
Because the project is small in scale and made in-house, the process getting everything accomplished should be smooth and steady. The goal is to cast and cure a number of birds per day beginning late this winter or early this spring. Dependent on the timing of backer surveys, we can most likely start fulfilling the rewards soon after they are cured in a stepped process.
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In the photos you'll notice there are some other great creations accompanying the bird.
They can be found below:
Risks and challenges
The casting molds have already been made for the concrete so it's just a matter of the time it takes to set and cure the material. There is another Kickstarter project currently being worked on (Pon+), so this project will start in full swing once the backers for Pon+ are taken care of.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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