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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. Alternatively, you can request up to $100 worth of miniatures.

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End-of-Month Update for July 2021: I decided to start some work on a practical project, a steam boiler for my workshop.  Design work alone is going to take quite some time, and I have no idea when I'll finally get round to building it.  Depending on how much the raw material costs, and what my income is like when the project finally gets going, I may add another funding goal here.  So far, I have two entries for this project, part 1 and part 2.  Follow me on Hive for more updates.


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End-of-Month Update for June 2021: I have finally resumed making videos, this time showing off, as best I could, the post-processing of some model tanks, and unlike last time, I was able to show some close-ups of running gear support removal.  The filming setup could still use improvement, but at least you get the idea, and hopefully it's enough to go on, if you would like to purchase files and print models yourself.  If not, then I included some tips in a Hive post that supplements the video.  

Finally, I've started looking at regular 9-5 (or, in my case, 7-5) jobs, since this miniature workshop thing isn't paying off, and e-begging doesn't seem to be working, either.  I keep trying new things to make money online, but nothing is working.  If anyone is actually out there, some suggestions would be appreciated.
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End-of-Month Update for May 2021: this past month has been. . . interesting. . . to say the least...

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End-of-Month Update for April 2021: I haven't done too much online this past month, since there is so much outdoor work to do.  My posting rate on Hive has also slowed, given that I'm now making fully bilingual posts (English and Russian, as you may have guessed).  It's not going as well as I'd like, for a number of reasons.  Hopefully, I can get some feedback on my translations soon, preferably from someone who has an engineering background in Russia and can help me with all of the technical jargon.  In the mean time, here is a preview of my latest 3D model, the black trireme Pherazmil, sister ship to the Zaphnora.  This one is almost done, just a few details left to add.  Other steampunk airships are in the works, and I'd like to get these ideas out of my head and into 3D models before my next big project, which will be to relocate my 3D print shop, thus consolidating my entire operation.  I recently cleaned out a space that is quite suitable for my entire miniature shop, and it may even have enough room left over to set up a reloading press as well.  More metalworking content is coming soon, perhaps even some gunsmithing!
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End-of-Month Update for March 2021: this past month, I finally got round to casting bronze in my miniature foundry, so I now know that I can make proper jewellery!  All I need now are ideas.  I'm back home at the moment, which means that I've resumed design work.  The first design project that I've completed is yet another steampunk airship, the Iron Rose.  As with the Zaphnora a year ago, I decided to make a video documenting the assembly, showing off the components up close and explaining some things about it.  There are other design projects related to my fictional world that I want to complete soon as well, this way I have a substantial collection of props for a web comic or some other media with which to share the actual story.  That's getting pushed to the side for now, as I just got a request for another model tank. Luckily, it's one I've already made, I just need to add more detail for a larger scale. Once the props are done, I'll probably move on to jewellery designs, and I'll try to come up with a variety of samples that I can create for an Etsy catalogue.  Discounts will be available for subscribers, of course.

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End-of-Month Update for February 2021: I literally just notice the glaring error in my last post, but no matter.  This past month, I have done some investment casting experiments with tin, and while I filmed all the failed runs, I didn't film the successful run.  I shared some pictures on Hive, and there is a preview below.  Since I rarely make videos in the order that I plan to, I can't say if my next video will be another casting run, but the next foundry video that I make will be my first test casting in bronze, making three little rings.  I already have some footage of preparing the wax pattern, so I fully intend to finish the filming.  Once that's done, I can move on to some proper jewellery.  If you think you may want some custom work done, don't hesitate to contact me!
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End-of-Month Update for January 2020: my miniature foundry is now operational!  It took quite a while to share this, considering the greatly increased traffic on BitChute, but better late than never.  Future videos will show the full process of printing wax patterns, assembling part trees, and casting various metals.  If you would like to know more, check out my summary post.
https://www.bitchute.com/video/FiGKl0VjXzoR/
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End-of-Year Update for 2020: this year has been a bit of disappointment, hasn't it?  Well, I've managed to keep busy, despite the disease-driven doldrums.  For starters, I've started making much more detailled 3d models, for no good reason other than "I can."  In addition to everything I've shared here, you may enjoy seeing my steampunk power armour.  

Then again, I finally have all the equipment I need to start metal casting, as I may have mentioned.  In the first few days of the new year, I should have something to show.  I know that most people reading this probably don't have the money to spare on jewellery, otherwise... well, you know.  Still, the possibilities with investment casting go far beyond useless adornments.  

The metalworking content cross-platform will proliferate.  Casting, machining, and yet more welding are in store.  
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End-of-Month Update for November 2020: once again, this was a relatively uneventful month, and the only real progress I made was to begin offering blueprints for sale on my website.  I explain exactly how that works in a Hive post.  Below is an example.  My intent is to re-format all previews to have no annotations, with annotated drawings available for sale.  Drawings will be formatted for document size C, 1200 DPI resolution.  This is, of course, the same drawing format that I intended to offer as subscriber rewards.  That option will remain open, but now you can buy them as well.  Drawings will appear slowly in my shop as I get to them, but as I mentioned in the Hive post, if you want a specific drawing, I'd be happy to work on your request first.  The price of a drawing file is $2.

My future plans for my online shop include re-organising the catalogue so that I can include all of my miniatures, not just historical tanks, as well as drawings, artwork, and whatever else I can think of.  Since business is so slow and I have other things to do, I can't predict when any of this will happen. 


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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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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.
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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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