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There's another A:M Image Contest flying your way. Which means I oughta' get back on track and get out the prizes for the last one!

 

Here are some handsome, so-suitable-for-framing-you-get-a-dollar-to-buy-a-frame runner-up certificates waiting to hit the road.

 

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Nice! And I'm not just saying that because I like seeing my name. :)

 

High quality stuff there Robert.

Thanks for all you do for the A:M Community.

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Wow. Those are really nice.

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I am SO floored by the quality of the prizes Rob makes for this forum- really heartfelt! I look at my medallion and plaque on the shelf all the time and think - a LOT of time went into that! Priceless.

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I will note that Ken Citron's expert casting skills raised the level of everything.

 

My original notion was to 3D print a simple plastic award that we could spray paint with gold or silver car paint and you'd get it in a little gift box. But then I saw some of Ken's work making cast pewter souvenir coins from 3D prints and realized this could be a real medal with classic detail. So the medal got better then.

But then i thought, do they just look at it in the box and put it in the drawer? How about if it was on a ribbon? How about if it came with a plaque that would display it?

 

I went to the hobby store looking for pre-cut plaques that I could stain and varnish but none of them were the right size or shape so that began a long process of designing a plaque that would A) fit the medal B ) hang the ribbon C) be practical to make D) collapse to fit inside a flat-rate international box if it had to.

 

I also wanted to make the certs more than just something out of an inkjet printer. My first thought was a foil seal that we could 3D print an embosser for. I thought about a wax seal but I was afraid it would break in the mail. Then I found this stuff that you shoot out of a glue gun and stays flexible so it won't shatter.

Of course a seal needs to seal over something, so I had to find ribbons in the right color and the right width...

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Thanks it was a nice surprise I had almost forgot the contest....

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so...Flying....Back On Track....and Hit the Road. Perhaps all clues to the next topic? Already the wheels are turning!

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