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Kaja Blackwing
Kaja Blackwing
A creator of 3D models, 2D graphics and animation, music, and video tutorials of all those things. 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 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.
https://www.bitchute.com/video/ewyjQppKIceV/
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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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The third and final weapon to be mounted on the Zaphnora's disappearing platforms is a harpoon la...

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The second-smallest of the Zaphnora's guns are 77mm cannons, which can fire solid shot for use ag...

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The airship Zaphnora is equipped with 36 disappearing gun platforms, all of which can have a vari...

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I can't focus on the work that I need to do when I get an idea in my head.  Therefore, before working on my next CAD tutorial, I decided to re-design one of my airships.  You can read about the exact nature of the project here: https://kjworldsong.wordpress.com/2020/02/23/aboard-the-zaphnora/
If you are interested at all, I will be posting subscriber-only previews of this project, the first of which will appear very shortly after this one.  Over the next few days, I will post subscriber-exclusive previews of each new item, with multiple pictures of each new item per day until the project is finished.  Much as I would love to post a subscriber-exclusive video before uploading it to BitChute, the last time I tried that, I couldn't upload a high-resolution video, so if you're willing to spend  $1 per month to see the pictures, you'll still have to wait to see my video when I put this whole thing together.  
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End-of-Month Update for January 2020: I finally got coloured resin, and I started making coloured miniatures.  The stuff is far less forgiving than white resin or castable wax, but when it doesn't malfunction, the results are superb.  I have a video showing off exactly what sort of problems I have with it, while the rest of the videos I uploaded this month show off the post-processing of sailing ship models.  You can see some of the other issue I've had with this stuff here: https://steemit.com/print3d/@steampunkkaja/lessons-from-a-miniature-t-10m
and here: https://steemit.com/print3d/@steampunkkaja/another-wtf-moment-with-coloured-resin
I'll find a way to get this under control eventually, but at least I have some better photographs in my shop now.  Likewise, if you're interested in getting into 3D printing yourself particularly of model ships, then I would suggest checking out my four-part video demonstrating the post-processing.
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End-of-Year Update for 2019: so, what have I done so far this year?  Well, I've been on SubscribeStar for almost the entire year, so there isn't a whole lot that you wouldn't already know about.  The most important things, however, have all been related to my 3D print shop.  Here's a list:
1) I've made my own website, where I sell printed models (tanks only, at this point, but I will eventually expand it).
2) I set up a high-resolution 3D printer, to replace the third-party printing service that my customers and I both used.
3) I've published videos showing the printing process, and more will come.
4) I am now offering model files of my miniatures for sale on Wargaming3D, in case you want to print them yourself.  This is also where most of my website traffic comes from.

Regrettably, I'm getting over a cold as I'm writing this, so between that, everything else that I've had to do outside my shop, and my recurring depression, I haven't been very productive this month.  Were that not the case, I would have much more to share with you at the moment.  Hopefully, I'll be able to pick up the pace next year, and maybe return to weekly updates.
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End-of-Month Update for November 2019: I haven't been quite as productive as I would have liked, but I have several new videos up on BitChute, including one of me visiting my old shooting range.  This is relevant because today is the first day of rifle hunting season where I live, though today was a horrible day for hunting.  I will not be returning to my 3D print shop until after either this season is over, or until I fill my tags, whichever comes first.  In the mean time, I will still spend evenings and bad-weather days working on designing more models.  I have another virtual shipbuilding video planned, which I should have recorded over a month ago, but I had other priorities.  Hopefully, I'll get everything on my list done by the end of the year.  Until then, enjoy watching some post-processing videos, like this one:
https://www.bitchute.com/video/3TtSF0WEPgZr/
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End-of-Month Update for October 2019: Happy Halloween, I'm the Mad Toymaker!  Seriously, I've been so busy with setting up my 3D print shop that I've had to neglect blogging, for the most part.  Since releasing the T26E5, I've printed a couple of them, along with most of my other tanks.  I don't have video footage of post-processing tank models yet, but I do have a video showing the post-processing of a sailing frigate.  Here are my two print shop videos that I have public so far:
https://www.bitchute.com/video/VGkavFVZUdoc/
https://www.bitchute.com/video/ARR9UdQ1yx9a/
My setup has changed since these have been filmed, and there is one more piece of equipment I'm waiting for before I make my next video.  If you want to see what I've printed so far, I have links all over the place.  Check out my photos on Steemit, an outline of my plans on my WordPress blog, model files for sale on Wargaming 3D, or actual models for sale on my website

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I finally finished the T26E5.  Those of who saw my previous Steemit post on the subject will note that I've been working on this project for four days, and I rarely take so long on a single model.  Then again, as I've explained, American tanks tend to be much more geometrically complicated than Soviet tanks.  Even the bizarrely-shaped Object 279 wasn't as frustrating as this thing.  However, now that it's done, I may re-make the T29 hull with more detail, but that won't be for some time.  Hunting season starts tomorrow, so, depending on the weather, I'll either spend all day outside, or go back to virtual shipbuilding, as I have several pending requests, the first of which I will probably record.  Anyway, you can find the T26E5 on Shapeways, and here are some pictures:

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End-of-Month Update for September 2019: from now on, I'm going to post regular updates on the last day of every month, as a report of what I've gotten done.  This month, I signed up for Wargaming 3D, and once I start printing models, I will start populating that storefront.  I had a "business trip," to be unnecessarily self-important, that turned out to be a complete waste of time, since my client cancelled the meeting at the last minute, thus pulling me away from my tractor canopy project for two full weeks.  However, I still found things to do.  I re-scaled the Preussen, and wrecked one of my own ships, which you can see here.  Per a customer's request, I'm going to be adding another ship and a corresponding wreck.  Both of those models will appear after I finish the T26E5, and all of this should be done in the next few days.  Since the ship in question is a carrack, I make those in a different manner from steamships of ancient war galleys, and will therefore record another walkthrough video showing that process.
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After my last post, I almost abandoned SubscribeStar, but some recent encouragement on Steemit has changed my mind.  10, 561, 1545, and finally, 1549 - those were the numbers of upvotes on my most recent tractor canopy update post, I watched the count skyrocket over three days.  There is a link to a BitChute video there, but you can watch it here as well:  https://www.bitchute.com/video/o4sRZlcXXwEt/
So, now I have reason to shamelessly beg for money again: you can help me keep my metal shop running (at least until I start making a profit off my projects)!  I have no idea how I should start restructuring my goals, but a new welding machine may be one of them (I hate touch-start TIG), or at the very least, new hoses, since mine have sprung leaks (don't fear for my safety, it's only argon).  Of course, I'm not going to give up on my 3D printing shop either, but Formlabs is behind on delivery.  I have a list of my most important projects on WordPress, if you're interested in checking it out.  I'll be happy to add to that list as well, and document the progress for the purposes of education and entertainment.

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Fund my foundry! Seriously, this is all I need to get a mid-size gas-fired crucible furnace for casting jewellery. Before you ask, yes, I will be able to cast gold with the furnace I'm looking at.
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Keep me fuelled up! I need two things to power myself (coffee and wine) and two things to power my machines (electricity and petrol). This is how much I spend every month on the stuff.
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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.
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Annual software cost. Subscriptions aren't cheap, and the new stuff can do a few things my old programs can't. If you enjoy my digital artwork, please support this goal.

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