Hive Gallery 12th Anniversary Bee Themed Show

I was invited to make a piece for The Hive Gallery’s 12th Anniversary show, which was going to be bee themed.  I was supposed to come up with my own avatar (a self portrait but in bee form in “hiveland”).  Portraits [of people] aren’t things I do, but I did have a great idea for a 3D printed and 3D drawing shadow box light display.  I ran the concept by Nathan, the curator, and he liked it!  So I got started on it.

I’m new to 3D printing and definitely a beginner with 3D modeling.  But after reviewing a few simple Blender tutorials online, I felt confident enough that I could make an extruded hexagon as my honeycombs.  About 2 hours later, I figured it out and I was ready to send it to print, using clear plastic on my Micro3D printer.

Take a look at the progress of making this display.

There are:

  • 96 3D printed honeycombs that took 1hr/pc to print (so 96 hrs of printing, not including a few of the scrapped pieces)
  • 13 3Doodled bees, including a queen bee.
  • 100 LED lights.

A look at how I made the bees:

Making the rest of the ? ? ? with my @3doodler.

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And here’s a look at it at the show!

If interested in purchasing it, please go here.

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3Doodler Ambassador

It all started in 2014 when I decided to back “the world’s first 3D pen” on Kickstarter, the 3Doodler because it looked like a fun thing to experiment with.  My first 3Doodle was a shark.  And since then I’ve done all sorts of other figures, like an octopus, some Pokemon, hummingbirds, Haku from Spirited Away, Ironman, Star Wars figures, snowflakes, light displays, a wallet, and bees.  I’ve enjoyed 3Doodling live at the shows I have booth spaces at, and people are always interested in what I’m using and making.  Last year I met one of the co-founders of the 3Doodler, Max, without even knowing it, as he came to my booth, recognizing some of the pieces I’ve made.  He was really excited with what I was doing and it wasn’t until he handed me his business card, I realized who he was.

A few months later, whether Max had anything to do with it or now, I was contacted by 3Doodler, inviting me to become a Power Doodler (Brand Ambassador).  How could I say “no”?!  So now you’ll be seeing more of my work, and I’ll start to be doing some tutorials, which I’m excited about.  Make sure to follow my Sydtropolis accounts to keep up with my projects!

Posted by sillysyd in Art