Exclusive, individual projects (example)
House models of the real buildings
For the production range:
House fridge magnets
The product concept:
The project based on the real monument of the south tower of the Old Town Hall located at the Old Town Square in Prague. The model of the most fascinating feature of the Town Hall and still working medieval astronomical clock – the Prague orloj.
1. Selection of photographic material.
Before creating the design of the future product, the designer needs the pictures of how the building looks like, necessarily from several perspectives.
In this project, there is a lack of the perspective from above, the elements of which the designer will create based on photographs and the overall concept of the building. The lacking perspective of the Old Town Hall was taken from available sources on the Internet.
In every project, which is taken for the designing, it is very important to identify the main component that will provide the recognizability of the product among the buyers.
n this project, the main attraction of the tower is the astronomical clock the Prague orloj – the pride of Prague gathering crowds of tourists. This is a very important element of this product.
Therefore, it is required to obtain different perspectives of the astronomical clock.
2. Design creation of the future product.
Contour drawing is performed to represent the proportions and dimension of parts in the product. Also, it provides us information about what part of the product may need to be excluded, without breaking the recognizability of the building in the completed product.
mplementation of the project of the Old Town Hall required some corrections. The structure of the tower looked very elongated and the astronomical clock was poorly detailed, so there was a difficult in the further coloring of the product.
It was decided to exclude the central part of the building to increase the size of the astronomical clock by making an increased emphasis.
Then, the building without central part was recolored. This part did not contain any essential component for the design product, so it still attracts the attention of the buyers.
The exclusion of the central part of the tower has a slight effect on its recognizability and at the same time the main component of the building which forms the whole concept of the product is more detailed.
It also creates some new ways for coloring astronomical clock in several colors.
3. Color solutions.
The next step is choosing the color solutions of the product. It should be noted that the small size of the product doesn’t allow using more than 2-3 colors.
Coloring is performed only by the painter, which significantly increases the cost of the product and the efforts to color it. Therefore, the designer carefully selects the most appropriate colors, taking into account the painter’s work to achieve the required colors.
The designer also prepares a palette of mixing colors for the painter, which reduces the time costs for color matching and accelerates the manufacturing of the first prototype, then the whole batch of products.
4. Product relief.
The important part of any project is the correct calculation of the dimensions and proportions of the product.
For the sculptor-engraver it is very important to understand the dimensions and proportions of the product. Without correct calculations, the product can be too flat, and it also significantly complicates the painter`s work. As a result, the project cannot achieve the necessary requirements.
The designer meticulously verifies all of the dimensions and proportions of the product, comparing it with the exterior of real building.
Perhaps, this is the most difficult part of work for the designer, which requires a great care.
The incorrectness in any dimensions complicates the work of the sculptor-engraver in achieving the high standard of quality including the coloring.
But the design and work on prototyping and were carried out successfully, all the models were prepared, the palette of mixing colors was composed. All the information was given to the sculptor- engraver who could continue to develop the product.
At this designer's work with modern technologies is finished and the sculptor- engraver can complete the project.
5. The slip casting process.
Firstly, the sculptor- engraver creates manually the form-model made by clay.
Each component must have relief as specified in the design.
On the inner relief of the plaster-form the small components are completed and the dimensions of the product are improved.
After manufacturing of the form-model, the plaster-form with an internal relief of a product is removed. In the future, the form-model can be replicated and can be used as the basis from which identical copies are created.
With the completed plaster-form the primary form of the product is made. The primary form determines the quality of all previously done work.
The final stage is firing in a special laboratory oven at a temperature of 1100 degrees.
fter firing at high temperatures, the clay product holds coloring. The painter uses only natural pigment paints, created with the unique composition of imitation of the glaze developed by our company.
Coloring begins with aerography of the product's background.
Then the painter under the magnifying glass colors small details of the product with a brush.
The prototype of the product is completed, and the described steps become part of the batch manufacturing process.
The project was carried out by specialists. Time cost:
he designer work: contour drawing with the discussions, adjustments and corrections – 4 days.
The sculptor-engraver work: manufacturing of the form-model, development of the form-model, cooperation with the designer – 3 days.
The painter work: color adjustments and coloring - 1 day.
Others: firing and drying after coloring - 2 days
Coffee breaks & Tea time – 1 day