WORKING WITH BLADES

BLADES CAN CREATE FASCINATING SMOOTH LIGHTTRAILS COMPAREABLE WITH VOLUMETRIC 3D-RENDERINGS OR SHAPES FROZEN IN STACCATO MOVEMENTS.

 

THERE ARE VARIOUS BUYABLE BLADES OR YOU CREATE THEM BY YOURSELF.

 

FIRST OF ALL YOU NEED A BRIGHT TORCH, IDEALLY THIS COMES WITH ADDITIONAL ALARM/ STROBOSCOPE/ BLINKING MODE, SO YOU CAN LATER ON DECIDE WHICH TRAIL-STYLE YOU WANT TO CREATE.


BESIDES MY CUSTOM-CUTTED BLADES I FOUND A COUPLE OF NICE AND AFFORDABLE PLEXIGLAS-BLADES AT THE GARDENING SECTION OF MY LOCAL BUILDING SUPPLIES STORE, THE  BLADES THEY HAVE  ARE NORMALLY ADD-ONs FOR OUTDOOR LIGHTS, e.g. COMING WITH ADDITIONAL PLEXIGLAS-TOPS LIKE THIS ONE WHICH YOU ONLY HAVE TO FIX WITH BLACK DUCKTAPE ON TOP OF YOUR TORCH.

CUSTOMIZED BLADES - WHAT YOU NEED:

 

IF YOU WANT CUSTOMMADE DESIGN, THINK OF THE BUDGET - THIS IS NOT CHEAP, BUT IT WILL BE UNIQUE. 

IDEALLY GO TO A PROFESSIONAL LASER CUTTER SHOP WHERE YOU CAN BRING YOUR VECTOR-GRAPHIC TEMPLATE (eps FILE).

MAKE SURE YOU CREATE A TEMPLATE WITH AN ADDITIONAL ADAPTER EXTENSION ON THE BOTTOM-SIDE OF THE DESIGN - A PLEXIGLAS BLADE ONLY WORKS BY THE INCOMING LIGHTSOURCE THAT´S BUNDLED.

SO FIRST OF ALL I ORDERED 0,5cm GLASS THAT´S BRUSHED MILKY ON THE OUTLINES AND I CREATED A 2cm X 3cm LONG EXTENSION-LIP THAT FITS TO THE ADAPTERS INSIDE.

 

BEFORE I WENT TO THE LOCAL HARDWARE STORE TO FIND A PLASTIC-PIPE THAT FITS PERFECT ON TOP OF THE TORCH. ONCE I GOT THE CUTTED FORMS BACK HOME I USED A TRANSPARENT HOT-GLUE PISTOL TO FIX THIS IN THE INNER SIDE OF THE ADAPTER. I LEFT THIS ANOTHER 10 MINUTES ALONE UNTILL THE GLUE BECAME TOTALLY HARD

IN THE FINAL STAGE I USED BLACK DUCKTAPE TO COVER THE SLOTS NEXT TO THE EXTENSION-LIP TO IDEALLY BUNDLE THE LIGHTSOURCE.

 

NOW YOUR TOOL SHOULD BE READY TO ENTER PERFORMANCE MODE.

DEPENDING ON THE EXPOSURE TIME AND THE CHOSEN MODE OF YOUR TORCH, THE BLADE WILL CREATE SMOOTH (TORCH ON), INTERRUPTED TRAILS (TORCH IN SOS MODE) OR HARD STROBOSCOPICS OF ITS OUTLINES.  FOR EACH MODE I´VE ADDED TWO PICTURES SO YOU CAN COMPARE THE DIFFERENT RESULTS - ADDITIONAL YOU CAN PUT COLORFOILS BETWEEN ADAPTER AND TORCH TO CREATE VARIATIONS OF THE BLADE-TRAILS LIKE IN THE VERY LAST PICTURE.