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Photo Fixes

The past week has kept our photographer busy in diligently working through the limitations of the software, equipment and website structures. We are using AutoCAD ReMake to upload our series of model photos, whereby the software converts a series of pictures to wire-frame format, which can then be converted to a 3D model suitable for printing on our 3D printer. If our tests are successful, we should then have the ability to convert any images, static or including partial or full human subjects.

Along with the ReMake test subjects, time is also being spent to add replacement photos of the design software screenshots with shots of our in-house model displaying our jewelry. This gives us the opportunity to display our jewelry in true-to-scale reference. You can see our model’s presentation of the Aztec Macuahuitl warrior’s club pendant in the Aztec folder. We hope to showcase our remaining designs in thesame manner, so that you can see the representation in true scale.

We’re finally at the stage where we’re organizing shipping services, and will contact our credit card processing service to begin the process of creating links to our items. At that time, we’ll review our website policies and procedures for inclusion to the site on a separate page.

Quote of The week:

“The Earth is Art, The Photographer is only a Witness.”
~ Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Earth from Above

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Photo Updates

As much as we’d like to have all of ours gears meshing smoothly, we seem to have a knack for finding spanners in the works. After developing our photos of some of the finished jewelry items, we found that they don’t look very well after upload to the website. What we capture in detail loses some sharpness and content of scale. You will see three examples, in replacing the existing design software screenshots of the Aztec Macuahuitl warrior’s club, the Steampunk Screw & Rivet Head ring and the Flower Band ring in the Women’s Jewelry folder.

Before uploading any more of our jewelry shots, we’ll revisit our photography setup to try and zoom in more closely, while trying to keep within the websites sizing parameters to allow a balanced page symmetry. Resizing the photos on the website often clips off the outer egdes of the object, working within the confines of the website setup options often gives skewed results. It’s a matter of balancing our sizing with the website sizing.

On another note, our design capabilities have been noticed by a firm interested in contracting our services in the the area of theme park animatronics. We are involved in some preliminary discussions and I’ll report more information as we progress with this interesting development.

Quote of the week:

“Robots are great. I am saying that now so that when a future civilization of robots takes us captive, they will search through the ‘Guardian’ web archive and realize I said, ‘Robots are great,’ and then they’ll choose to save me.”

~Matt Haig

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Next Steps

Next Step

We’ve completed the website layout and are now moving on to populating the folders in small increments. We’re juggling several projects at once and, even though we now have a modest staff, the projects are moving along a little more slowly than I prefer. Final production details requiring some hand-crafting, photography for our model uploads for conversion to wire-frame format for 3D print upload, metal casting in the shop, new model design development, and finally new projects brainstorming occupy us for the moment.

Our sales tax permit applications are complete and we await the receipt thereof, to be followed by our individual items pricing and credit card processing service. I have decided to first offer our jewelry designs in pure silver for the time being. The combinations of silver and 18K gold can be a little prohibitive in price, and I’d like to make all of the designs affordable for now. We’ll produce the silver and gold versions upon completion of the .999 silver versions.

Quote of the week:

“Focused, hard work is the real key to success. Keep your eyes on the goal, and just keep taking the next step towards completing it. If you aren’t sure which way to do something, do it both ways and see which works better.”
~John Carmack

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As you may have noticed, our website is in the middle of the upgrade. Toggling back and forth from the old to the new wasted too much time so we decided to scrap the old one entirely and concentrate on organizing the new one on the fly. Our design ideas for the new web page layout are completed, the respective portfolios and intro photos are selected and we are now adding and organizing the gallery hierarchy for each of six subjects. Please excuse our dust as we undergo our construction phase.

For the moment, the portfolio galleries are: Jewelry, Toys, Holiday Themes, Office Products, Home Decor, and Mechanical Design. As soon as the portfolio sub folders are established, we’ll add our selection of craft, office and mechanical design items. There are many items undergoing completion and will be added intermittently in the next month or two.

In conjunction with our collaboration and support of the Science and Robotics class at The Redd School, we are also preparing for a demonstration of our capabilities at the school’s annual Spring festival, scheduled for the end of April.

Quote of the week:

“The road to success is always under construction.”
~Arnold Palmer