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Kaja Blackwing
Kaja Blackwing
I create 3D models and bring them to life via 3D printing and conventional metalworking processes. My processes are documented in blog posts and videos which, I hope, function as helpful tutorials. I work on custom projects all the time, and I welcome a challenge.
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Free jewellery! Right, right, not free, that's just bad clickbait. You can request any item of jewellery that I've designed (other than one based on my sigil, that's MINE), whether I offer it for sale or not, as long as it's in any material cheaper than gold. I may be willing to supply one that's gold-plated, depending on what it is.

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End-of-Month Update for October 2020: I forget to post this yesterday, when I should have.  Oh well, you're not missing much, since I've been spending my time hunting.  The weather has been extremely random, I got my first snow, and I'm spending the rest of my time waiting for a new vacuum pump, since part of another project I'm currently working on requires it.  

In other news, I now have my crucible furnace and burnout kiln, so once my current vacuum forming project is done and my deer tags are filled, I will start playing around with that.  I don't know what I'll make yet, but perhaps I'll come up with some unique rewards (cast metal tanks, anyone?) for subscribers.
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Well, it took long enough (because reasons), but the complete construction series for my shooting gallery is now up on BitChute.  Here is the assembly video:
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I'm back on Hive!  This was a surprisingly easy fix, as is documented here.  Therefore, I'll resume sharing project updates there.  This means, of course, that I will resume monthly updates on this website.  However, given how quickly the current project is progressing, and what else I may end up working on in the near future, you will probably see a link to a BitChute video documenting the entire project well before the end of the month.
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This was originally going to be a subscriber-exclusive post with a short video clip, but this site doesn't accept the format directly from my camera.  So, here's a picture of what I did today.  In addition to cutting these pieces to size and removing the corner notches, I cut the corners off the ground-contact boards that will act as diagonal supports, and drilled all of the pilot holes for the screws.  I would have gotten farther, but it started to rain.  Tomorrow, I will paint everything, and then assembly will begin after that (probably next day).

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As promised, here is screenshot of the blueprint that I'm using to build my shooting gallery. If ...

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As promised, here is screenshot of the blueprint that I'm using to build my shooting gallery. If ...

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Right, so I promised some pictures of my vacuum-forming tests a few days ago, but that's not going to happen.  I haven't had time to run any of my own test pieces, and I've instead been running tests with forms that I made for a customer.  Since this is confidential work, I can't share it.  However, I'll probably get the lumber for my shooting gallery project today, so you'll get to see that instead.  I have altered the design a bit since originally posting this video, so what I'll actually be building is pictured below.  I have a blueprint as well with a bill of materials, so if anyone is interested in building something like this, the blueprint will be in a subscriber-exclusive post.  The drawing I'm using isn't fully annotated, since I have a lot of the information in my head.  If you need a better drawing, or you want a slightly different setup, I can provide you with a blueprint in exchange for a $20 tip.  Alternatively, you can subscribe at Tier 3, and get free blueprints for anything whenever you want.
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I'm having some major problems with Hive at the moment, and since I can't do ANYTHING on the website, I'll be posting project updates here until the problem is resolved.  This will include things that I do just for fun as well as progress reports on my manufacturing capabilities.  Today, for instance, I am going to run some large-scale tests with my thermoforming press, and tomorrow, I'll share some pictures.  Hopefully the results will be decent, but if they aren't, then I can still share them as an example of what not to do.
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End-of-Month Update for September 2020: much to my irritation, I haven't been able to film any experiments with the thermoforming press.  I had some footage that I could have used for a "what NOT to do" video, but the lighting was so bad that there's nothing to see.  I have since fixed the lighting problem and improved the forming process, but filming is a non-priority at this point.  What I'm doing now is sharing more mundane (but sometimes cute) things. 

On the bright side, I just ordered the gas-fired crucible furnace and burn-out kiln for metal casting, despite having received no donations toward it.  Once again, I'm going to have to find some other goals to fund through this site.  A month from now, hopefully, I'll have some more visible progress to share.  As always, don't forget to check me out on Hive to see what else I'm up to.
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End-of-Month Update for August 2020: I recently acquired a thermoforming press for my shop.  I never listed this piece of equipment as one of my goals, mainly because I had to set this up on short notice for a prototyping job that I got, but I hope to find more uses for it in the future.  I've had some setbacks as far as testing goes, so all I can show you so far is the setup.  I've also finished the tractor canopy, and moved forward with my shooting gallery project, so feel free to check that out as well.
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End-of-Month Update for July 2020: today has been a day of redundancy for me, as I just posted a link-saturated post on WordPress, which references the Hive community in which I posted the results of some 3D printing experiments today as well.  Earlier this month, however, I finally returned to some metalworking, setting up a nifty little grinder and sharpening my favourite knives.  I've gotten some great use out of the tool so far, and I'll show you how to use it to sharpen wood chisels (its intended purpose) as well as swords.  Hopefully I'll be able to share some shorter clips or other neat stuff in August, since I'm going to be very busy in the coming weeks.
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End-of-Month Update for June 2020: once again, most of the work I did this past month I haven't documented.  Fortunately, I have a new video series, one which is basically a rambly, less professional version of my CAD tutorials.  This series is, in essence, a prototype for livestreams, in the unlikely event I ever have the opportunity to make them.  For ease of both converting and uploading, I divided this one into eight parts.  Here's the first: https://www.bitchute.com/video/V8wJxZqE2tSi/
I also had my first machining job in who knows how many years, so it's finally time to revive my machine shop.  Maybe I'll get around to finishing my tractor canopy first, maybe not.  Time will tell what ends up taking priority.
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End-of-Month Update for May 2020: the weather has been nice, so I've spent most of that time outside.  Of course, I still did plenty of design work, and I provided a nice little update in a vlog.  Links to my other posts are in the video description, and I also mentioned briefly why I haven't made any outdoor videos, even though I meant to.  Anyway, I have to keep this short, since I'm typing this while taking a break from cleaning up clippings from trimming trees and hedges.  I'm piling everything into a massive bonfire to rival the beacons of Minas Tirith (something I do every summer, sometimes multiple times, that's how much stuff I cut), and if I get lucky, perhaps I'll be able to film that one of these days.  Anyway, it's back to work for me!
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End-of-Month Update for April 2020: I have some new wax patterns ready for casting, and I'm sharing short clips of each step for subscribers.  If you want to see my latest project of setting up my miniature foundry for casting jewellery and other tiny items, all it will cost you is $1 per month.  Otherwise, you'll just have to wait who-knows-how-long for the full video on BitChute.  Remember, I take requests for projects, and although you don't have to subscribe to request a design from me, I do offer discounts to subscribers (which reminds me, I need to update both my goals and subscription tiers).  In other news, I'm finally getting into post-post processing of wargaming miniatures (colouring, to put it briefly).  This is starting with dyes for a base colour, this way anyone with a resin printer isn't limited by their resin colours, and after I come up with a substantial dye colour pallet, I will move on to painting.  
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In yesterday's video, the wax pattern for my coronavirus pendant didn't come out right, so I doub...

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This video shows the post-processing of another batch of wax prints. This clip will end up being ...

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This video wouldn't show up in my last post, so this is my second attempt.

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In a recent Hive post, I showed some early experiments that I did with castable wax in my 3D prin...

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Steemit is no longer a stable platform, so I switched to Hive:
https://hive.blog/@steampunkkaja
Most of my posts were already mirrored there, but the last six of my Steemit posts weren't.  I'm still in the process of cross-posting, a process that is being made unnecessarily long by the fact that Hive's servers can't handle large image files, so I have to re-scale all of my photos in order to get them to upload.  In other news, I have finally posted my first pond video of the year, and hopefully, I will have much more interesting things to share this year.  We'll see.
https://www.bitchute.com/video/GYaV0pQMGusy/
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End-of-Month Update for March 2020: I'm making some wackier and wackier items in my shop.  The second of the disappearing guns is also available on Wargaming 3D, and each .zip folder purchased will give you multiple positions for that particular miniature weapon.  I'll be working on adding more configurations soon, as well as additional components.  I can make every component for the Zaphnora on my own 3D printer except the hull, which will cost $500 from Shapeways in 1:220 scale.  I'm not in any hurry, seeing as Shapeways is located in New York, and unless they are making face shields or other "essential" pieces of equipment, they won't be open for business for some time.  In the mean time, all I can provide is either entertainment or manufacturing consultation.  In fact, I have returned to working on my pond, I have another half-hour video showing the start-of-season clean-up already done (which I will probably upload in a week or two, depending on what shop-related content I have to share), and another video half-done showing the process of repairing the dams to raise the water level.  Hopefully, this year I will be able to stock the ponds with fish.  You all laughed at me, but when the stay-at-home order comes to where you live, I'll be the one laughing, since I won't have to go out to get food.
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The first of the Zaphnora's weapons is now available for sale on Wargaming 3D!

https://www.wargaming3d.com/product/15mm-disappearing-gun-platform-9-barrel-42mm/


The zipped folder contains two .stl files, with the gun in two different positions.  Here are some photos of one of them:

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I have finally gotten around to publishing the video showing the construction of the Zaphnora.  I figured that this was a good time to upload it, since I've already started recording my next project, and I may have something else to share a week from now.  Enjoy!
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End-of-Month Update for February 2020: last night, I FINALLY began recording the walkthrough videos for Marie de la Cordelière, and I have five half-hour videos done so far.  One more ought to be enough to finish the ship itself, and then I might make another video after that showing how to wreck the ship.  In addition, I have several subscriber-exclusive previews of my most intricate model yet, so (((givememoneygivememoneygivememoney))) if you want to see what I've been working on immediately, rather than waiting for the video to appear.  There are several other new models that I've made and haven't shared anywhere yet, so keep your eyes on my Steemit blog in case you want to see them as well.  Next month will be more productive, I hope.
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Last night, I recorded myself assembling the new model of the Zaphnora. It was a bit rambly, and ...

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The last of the re-designed components for the Zaphnora that I'd like to share before putting the...

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Goals

$1,700
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Get me a new TIG welder! My current machine is touch-start, which I am not fond of. I've already had to replace the torch on it, but that doesn't solve the problem.
$4,000
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Get me some CNC machines! Truthfully, I don't know what I want yet, but this amount will pay for an entire Sherline benchtop setup, which is perfect for manufacturing small, intricate parts. Otherwise, I'll use this money to pay for a CNC controller and kit to convert my existing milling machine.
$9,000
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Get me a selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printer! I originally wanted to start my 3D print shop with one of these, but the LFS machine was more advantageous at the time. I would still like to get the SLS machine, however, since I can think of many different designs that would work better with that process.
$20,000
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the Goal
Get me a BIG lathe! Seriously, I know I'm reaching here, but there is a lot I could do with a 20" x 60" engine lathe.

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