So, I have now painted a second 3D printed lightsaber for the Airdrie Public Library. The 3D printer is so neat as the materials used are recyclable (corn based) and the printed items can be painted with either acrylics or oil paints. This life-sized lightsaber is printed in nine pieces (I believe) which were clicked together (though I did use gorilla glue on a few bits to keep them from moving). I began with a primer of black gesso then used layers of a white glaze (which I dry brushed), gold and silver paint, thin layers of raw umber, and sprayed deep red ink, then finally finishing with a coat of varnish. I love how these turn out. For anyone interested in having one printed is only $14 - for more information visit the website:http://www.airdriepubliclibrary.ca/content/3d-printing-apl.
By the way, the lovely brass bracelet was a gift to myself for my 50th birthday this weekend. It's the five deep breaths bracelet by Soul Mantras (http://www.soulmantras.com/) which I have been eyeing for some time. Because I tend to work until I'm exhausted (and these days in excruciating pain), seeing this on my wrist reminds me to slow down and take five deep breaths and relax my shoulders. The stone is a blue agate which symbolizes calm. It's already doing its job.