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'Diversity' Torso Light by Hivemind-Inc 'Diversity' Torso Light by Hivemind-Inc
Wall-light in UV plastic.

This is my pride and joy, my favorite piece. It was made for college as the 3rd stage of a 3 part project, where the brief told us to create a light or a decorative box based on the subject of diversity. I chose to work with the human body because it's something in which we are all unique and I specifically chose the female torso as there is a constant stream of propaganda in the media of what the female shape 'should' be like.

I used a shop-dummy torso (kindly donated by the Dorothy Perkins store in Dudley) and made a plaster mould of it. I experimented with different ways of creating the female shape as a shade and ended up chosing this one, which is one sheet of plastic with strips cut into it to be reminiscent of a ribcage. This was mounted onto a separate back board with a bracket attached to hold the bulb.

I would love to make more of these in different colours when I once again have access to an oven for heating the plastic (hot air gun wont do for this) and have made a new plaster mould. I had to leave the old one behind when I moved.

Photograph: M. Doyle
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Given 2005-10-08
'Diversity' Torso Light by ~Hivemind-Inc is vibrant and simple, with its plastic 'ribs' and glowing 'heart'. ( Featured by ohnojaylo )
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spiderkid321 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing.
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Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :bow:
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spiderkid321 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would love one in my room. =]
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RedGilly Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2009
stunning ! congrats
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:iconhivemind-inc:
Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you very much! :bow:
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:iconitti:
Itti Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
How do you ask for things like that? I wouldn't know what to say. I'm scared enough to ask shops for empty boxes.
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UndeadWolf Featured By Owner May 20, 2007
that is really awesome. Great work! I really like the colors and the shape!
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:iconhivemind-inc:
Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner May 21, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
thanks! :) I'm hoping to re-make it for my final year at uni, maybe in ceramics.
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UndeadWolf Featured By Owner May 22, 2007
Cool! I'll look for it!
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FuchsiaG Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
:O
I've seen this before, I know it! Still I haven't commented or faved!!! Stupid me!
I really really totally could see something like this on my wall!!! I L-O-V-E it!
Do you sell stuff and take requests? :flirty:
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Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :giggle: This is a light I really want to re-make even better at some point. :D

I do commissions but I have very little time so I try to be very realistic with what I can and can't do. And the UV plastic is a bit of an expensive material to work with, which tends to scare people off when they ask if I can make them stuff in it. :lol: For example, I have had people ask me about the UV chandelier I made as my college final and there's no way I'd be able to make a piece like that (unfortunately) in the near future. But there's never anything wrong with asking...:)
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scott-451 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006
This is cool! Besides the shape I like the colour effect. What is the light source?

I am interested in making lights but choosing sources is proving to be a stumbling block. icon: +fav
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Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, and thanks for the fav! :aww:

The light source is an energy saving UV bulb. The UV plastic reacts to the bulb by glowing, the glow being at its brightest where the bulb is close to the plastic.
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scott-451 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
The light effect is one of the coolest things about it (the actual structure is another). Do you have a link for a source for the lamp?
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Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
I buy all my UV plastics from 'The Glowshop' [link] They also sell the UV bulbs, but they're a bit pricey. VERY nice people though! :D
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scott-451 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006
Thanks! That is what I needed to know. I will load a couple of shots of a sconce that I am working on. I will pm you when they are up.
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Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem, always happy to share what I know and/or recources that I know of. :)
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SimpLe-MeloDy Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006   Photographer
I'm lost for words but unreal work wish i could have this peice in my house... would work well with balck lights :)
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Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I like it too. ;) It'll go up on one of our walls eventually, we're just too busy to pull out the drill and go at it. :lol:
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SimpLe-MeloDy Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2006   Photographer
i know what you mean... it seem so hard to find the time to do, even the simple things
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mikey-madness Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so very weird... awesome!!!
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:iconhivemind-inc:
Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much! :bow:
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yogarasu Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow really nice
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Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you :bow:
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ichi-ichi-ichigo Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2005
wow

@.@ :jawdrop:

thats beyond cool

i love the colors !
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Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
thank you! :D it's funny everyone likes it as it's the project this year I liked the least myself! :lol:
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ichi-ichi-ichigo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2005
XD

its great though !

awesomeness !!!!
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MarthaLights Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
oh, wow. i mean, WOW.

and congratz for DD :XD:
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Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks you very much. :D And thanks for the fav(s)! :hug:
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webfingerzz Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2005
That is very, very nice work!
I'm kind of new to deviantart so I'm not sure if i should put this here but here goes. I'm wondering how you heated the plastic in an oven so that it is flexible but not sticky. Is it simply experimentation with different temperatures or is there a trick?
Once again, very beautiful piece!
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Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you for your kind comment. :)

I'm not sure just how familiar you are with craft work, so don't go nuts if it SOUNDS like I'm insulting your intelligence; I'm just trying to explain.

The plastic used in this piece is 2mm UV reactive acrylic/perspex, aka 'lumi'. When heated in a plastics-oven at about 260-310 degrees (that's celcius not farenheit, btw) it will go soft and you can mould it into whatever you like, press it into a mould (which is what I did for this light), twist it around something, just shape it with your hands (don't forget those heat-resistant gloves! :lol: ) etc etc. The process is know as 'freeforming' and can be done with both sheets of perspex/acrylic and rods of the same material.

You have to watch the plastic so it doesnt stick to the oven (using a large sheet of metal to put in on is better than just a grid) but it will only really stick if it starts to burn, although rods tend to heat much faster than sheet plastic. You know when the plastic is ready to come out as it will be completely 'floppy' and not have any rigidity left in it, which you'd have to test every couple of minutes.

I hope my explanation makes a little bit of sense; it's kind of one of those things you just 'do' once you've learned how to and you don't tend to think about it much after that. :)
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webfingerzz Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005
that's really neat, thank you for the explanation!
im just curious because i was experimenting with bending acrylic and the only thing i had at my disposal was a blowtorch and that didn't work fantastically(uneven and created bubbles)
thanks again!
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Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
No problem. :)

Yeah, I can see how a blowtorch could do that! :laughing: Might want to try a hot air gun instead, if you have one available to you and just heat it sloooooooowly. :)
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Ladycat Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2005
O_o

Really Stunning!!!!
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PreciousNothin Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005
that's incredible. simply incredible

<3
Precious
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PreciousNothin Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2005
oh, i was just going to say that this should be a DailyDeviation, then slowly noticed that it already was >< cause what brought me here was your fav on my 'Leading up to the Kiss," which i wanted to thank you for, so thank you. and yea, hope you dont mind if i watch you now, cause your work just compells me to. if you feel compelled to, you can watch me too ; P

<3
Precious
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sandyclaws Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2005  Student
Simply brilliant idea. Wonderful execution of it and it's concept. DD well deserved. :)
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burstintoflame Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome! I love the idea of neon sculptures anyway.
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Poisoned1vy Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005
it's absolutely beautiful!
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scottb Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005  Professional Photographer
Amazing piece :D
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SarahFoster Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005  Student General Artist
It's so pretty :P I think that pink was a good Idea. I like the idea of diversity in the female body. A simple yet powerful message to convey

Excellent and pretty!
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Yurtablemoron Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's creepy in a awesome way!
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Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
Never thought about that but now that you say it...hanging a detached torso on the well IS kinda creepy... :wow:
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Slook Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005
I lurve it!!!! +Fav
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ziphax Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005
wth!? :o ..I thought it was 3D
..till I couldn't resist to take a look :}
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Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
:lmao: You're not the first person to think that. :D
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Autumn-Sun Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005
That's INSANE. Insanely awesome.
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beeurd Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, well done on the DD too!
Very interesting concept :D

Dudley isn't too far from me, hehe.
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Hivemind-Inc Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks. :) I totally didn't expect it!

Despite the whole Black Country-accent thing (sometimes I can't make out what they're saying!) I really LIKE Dudley and wouldn't mind moving back up in that direction when I finish my degree.
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LychiCambess Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2005
Ohh, I see it now! Cool XD
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