3D printed objects are typically made out of plastic. But as Robinson Foundry shows us, these computer-generated pieces can be used to produce detailed castings for more substantial materials. In this case, he output a 3D print of a menacing alien emperor and used it to create a ceramic mold for an awesome brass sculpture.
THE BEST Sculptures
Mirror artist Nicky Alice created this captivating and hypnotic sculpture which looks like a series of infinitely-floating cubes. The trick to the illusion is the precisely-cut mirrors and the built-in LED illumination. His mirrored pyramid design is also really awesome.
Working with styrofoam can be pretty tricky, especially the way that it tends to break. But that doesn’t stop artist Vinayak R, who makes detailed architectural structures out of the material. He uses hot-wire cutting, hand carving, and sanding to create the pieces for his models. He then spray paints them to bring out the details.
We recently watched in amazement as RAY Studio converted a shaver into War Machine. In this video, the talented maker took a smartphone engineering prototype, broke it down into hundreds of individual components, then reassembled them to form an intricate dragon sculpture.
(Gore) Attack on Titan’s Chō ōgata Kyojin aka “Colossal Titan” is one of the most terrifying and gruesome characters in the history of anime. Artist Dr. Garuda shows off his process as he sculpts a miniature clay model of the powerful god of destruction, exposed musculature and all.
Most 3D prints we’ve seen are pretty small. But the guys at Argentina’s Trideo make the Big-T – a $40,000 industrial 3D printer that can crank out precise objects as large as 40″ x 40″ x 42.5″. Watch as it churns out a detailed model of a 39″ tall castle that tool almost 10 days to output. After that, watch it print a horse.
Artist Conty Fonane spent more than seven months building this amazing life-size replica of a 1967 Ford Mustang GT500. The sculpture is made of stainless steel wire and aluminum tube and rides on rubber tires. It has a complete interior with seats and a working steering wheel, and the doors and hood open.
Scrap Wood City shows us just how beautiful a hunk of wood can be, as he gradually whittles down a hunk of burled briar root. Working with a somewhat wonky lathe, he gradually turns the wood into a dramatic spherical sculpture that still lets some of its natural textures show through.
What you’re looking at here might look like some delicious sushi, but you definitely don’t want to bite down on it unless you’re ready to chip a tooth. Japanese artist ha_ma_73 makes incredibly accurate sushi replicas by carving and polishing stones. What’s even more amazing is that those are natural stone colors, not paint.
We’ve seen some pretty neat stuff created with those 3D drawing pens, but never anything on the scale of what The Q made. After building a skinny metal frame for structure, he painstakingly created the body panels, windows, and wheels for a life-size model of a Smart ForTwo city car. Here are parts one and two.
LittleBall Creations makes beautiful marble mazes from bent and soldered copper wire. Here, they show off one of their self-contained mazes that sits inside of a cube. The marble rolls from one end of the track to the other when the cube is flipped over. If you’re interested in buying this piece, contact them on Facebook.
Artist Ricardo Churchill brings the illusory magic of M.C. Escher to life with these impossible-looking desktop sculptures. Each one is handmade from mitered, welded, and finished steel. They come in three sizes: 6cm, 9cm, and 22cm, and in raw steel, silver, antique metallic, or powdercoat finishes.
Magnetic Games presents yet another wonderfully satisfying video, in which he uses hundreds of magnetic rods and spheres to create an complicated geometric sculpture. He placed a light at the center of his masterpiece, so it casts interesting shadows as well. After it’s all done, he knocks it down with a catapult.
Inspired by the incredible work of artist Peter Walker, fellow blacksmith Alec Steele wanted to try his hand at sculpting a miniature head out of metal. The process involves squaring off a bar of steel, then hammering and chiseling to make indentations while it’s still molten hot.
Scotland-based artist James Parker is known for his sculptures of oversized fruit and other curvy objects. To make his works, he meticulously chips away and shapes thin slices of slate, arranges them one-by-one, and layers them until the giant fruit comes to life. He’s also built an awesome stone Death Star.
Artist Andy Elliot shows of an interesting craft technique that anyone can do using a couple of decks of cards, glue, a straight edge, and a hobby knife. By cutting out abstract shapes in each card, then layering them together, he ends up with a unique work of 3-dimensional art. If you’re really fancy, you could always try this.
Artist Peter Dahmen shows off a series of intricate paper-cut sculptures, greeting cards, and packaging designs that he’s created over the years. Some of them are one-off personal projects, while others are available as DIY tutorials on his website. Check out more of his sculptures here.
The scorpions we encounter here in the U.S. are relatively small, but this oversize metal creature measures 8.25″ long. This awesomely creepy creation is made by Thailand artists Kreatworks using recycled automotive and machine parts. Also, it turns out that there are real scorpions that are almost the same size in South Africa.
Making drones out of lightweight materials is a must if you want them to fly. But Motores Patelo went the opposite direction, and created a flightless drone out of metal. Sadly, he couldn’t record the whole build due to the lockdown, but the finished piece is still amazing… and could easily take off a finger.
If you watch The Boys, you know that Homelander is a serious egomaniac. So we imagine that he’d be thrilled that artist Dr. Garuda decided to make this picture-perfect clay sculpture to show off his Aryan good looks, all-American costume, and killer red eyes. Though Homie would prefer a towering 30-foot-tall sculpture of himself.
Fred Conlon’s whimsical metalwork is all over SLC, especially his mischievous monsters made from industrial scrap and old tools. “Proudly made in the USA from worldwide junk” is the Sugarpost motto. He really nailed it with office supplies like a pliers pen cup, wrench desk caddy, and Hammer Hits Nail business card holder.
Dǒuyīn (TikTok in China) user Taogeceping posted this brief footage of an incredible sculpture of Joaquin Phoenix’s take on The Joker. Not only is the front of the bust incredibly realistic, but it also features a surprise when you walk around to its back. We’d love to know who the artist is so we can give credit where it’s due.
Artist Yoni Alter creates these awesome abstract pointillist portraits of dogs by printing colorful circles onto a wooden silhouette in the shape of a dog. They come in a variety of breeds, and limited-edition art prints are available for each dog as well. We also love his 3D-printed bearded collie miniatures.