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Big Blue Saw Talks with Hazel Studsill

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Based in Atlanta, Hazel Studsill of HJ Designs is a jewelry maker, artist and designer. Her jewelry is made using a variety of materials, including the traditional gold and silver, but she has recently branched into upcylcling materials like plastics into new and beautiful things. Recently, I helped her use laser cutting in an upcycling project which turned used acrylic into beautiful lighting.

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In this interview, Hazel talks about her inspiration, her techniques, and more.

Download the entire interview in MP3 format.

Of her inspiration, Hazel says:

I've been a member of the Surfrider Foundation for about a year. I've been aware of the beach cleanup that is trying to happen. As well as the big plastic collection that happens over in the Pacific, that big channel where the plastic is starting to collect and build itself its own little island. So I'm working on a series of necklaces right now that incorporate both Sterling as well as Plexiglas to bring awareness towards that. A portion of the sales will go to the Surfrider Foundation.

About working with Big Blue Saw, Hazel remarked:

It was great working with you; you were more than accommodating where others were not.

Interview with Igor Knezevic of Alienology design studio

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I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Igor Knezevic of Alienology, a Los Angeles design studio. Igor creates, among other things, jewelry and lighting. His work makes extensive use of modern manufacturing techniques, like waterjet cutting, laser cutting, and 3D printing.

In this interview, he talks about the Milan Design Festival, problems facing young designers, as well as his own work and inspiration.

Download the full interview in MP3 format for your iPod or other portable audio player.

Watch the video:

Igor talked about how attending the Milan Design Festival ultimately led to him using modern computerized rapid production techniques to realize his designs. He asked a simple question to the various designers he met about their work:

"Can I buy it?"

...Invariably, your would get an answer sort of like: "This is a prototype and now we are looking for a manufacturer and distributor"... 95% would tell me the same thing.

I went out of there thinking "Am I crazy or are they crazy?"... Finding a distributor and a company that will manufacturer that will actually license that from you is just like releasing a music CD; it's a slim chance. And I went out of there thinking, you know what, when I do my stuff, I'm just going to make it. It must be available for sale. What's the point in making endless series of prototypes and then looking for somebody to license to? Because once you license stuff out, you're lucky if you get 4-10% of sales.

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I think that there's a whole new time coming where a manufacturer like [Big Blue Saw] can help us designers to do our little short series of objects that we can revise frequently and improve them. Then I, the designer, can go on the business side and say "look, now I have it available".

Big Blue Saw's Scorching Summer Sale: July 12-14

Big Blue Saw's Summer Sale On Waterjet And Laser Cutting

We are discounting parts made form two of our most popular materials: 0.1 inch thick aluminum 6061 and 0.236 inch thick clear acrylic plastic. During the sale, setup charges will be drastically reduced so that you can get great savings on small orders. For instance, the medicine cabinet shelf which was featured recently is normally $24.00, but during the sale will cost only $18.10, a 25% savings. You can save even more on aluminum parts: our "butterfly" example part will cost only $8.10 for a single part, a 90% savings off the regular cost!

Just place your order online from Monday, July 12, 2010 through Wednesday, July 14, 2010 to receive the discounted price.

Learn more about how you can use Big Blue Saw to save on waterjet and laser cutting.

Pine needle toboggan

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It's summertime and the weekend is almost here. Time to go tobogganing!

Not practical, you say? Well, just check out this article posted on the always-amusing Modern Mechanix blog (from a 1931 issue of Modern Mechanics magazine): "Toboggans on Pine Needles". It gives details on how you can make a fun toboggan run that slides on pine needles so that you can engage in your favorite wintertime activities in the summer.

Big Blue Saw's Scorching Summer Sale: July 12-14

Big Blue Saw's next sale is coming up soon, and we hope you'll take advantage of the great savings.

We are discounting parts made form two of our most popular materials: 0.1 inch thick aluminum 6061 and 0.236 inch thick clear acrylic plastic. During the sale, setup charges will be drastically reduced so that you can get great savings on small orders. For instance, the medicine cabinet shelf which was featured recently is normally $24.00, but during the sale will cost only $18.10, a 25% savings. You can save even more on aluminum parts: our "butterfly" example part will cost only $8.10 for a single part, a 90% savings off the regular cost!

Just place your order online from Monday, July 12, 2010 through Wednesday, July 14, 2010 to receive the discounted price.

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