An Artist in an Engineer’s Body

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Or is it the other way around? Every so often, I receive queries in my mailbox asking about various topics. Today, I was asked a question about the path that I took and how it affected my life's work:

"I am a freshman at Brigham Young University Idaho, and I've wanted to be an artist all my life. However I've never had any problems with math or science and love problem solving. My brother informed me that I might look into engineering rather than art. I really do like the idea however here is the problem
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The Making of the 21st Century Orrery — Glass Blowing

Part III of the Making Of series. How we made the Sun and Planets in Blown Glass. Veerrrrrry carefully.

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Why I Hate Varnishing Paintings

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I 've always dreaded the varnishing operation. You painstakingly coax every individual millimeter of a work to get them all to sing together in concert and it's finally finished. Then, you risk the whole darn thing by adding a layer that you can't see over it all.

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Space Art: The Vehicle, The Connection

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"Throughout all of human exploration, Art, in one form or another, has always been our first vehicle." - B.E.Johnson, 1970

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Making Pendants and Earrings is Fun!

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I grew up watching my dad making all kinds of wonderful things down in our basement. He was (and still is) a magnificent silversmith. He would take the odd rocks that he'd find and break and polish them into beautiful gems and then mount them for rings, pendants, and bracelets.  The basement cave where he had his soldering iron and all the various parts and pieces set up was

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The Making of the 21st Century Orrery — Glass Casting

Casting glass seems a daunting process when you first consider learning it. It takes special equipment and a budget. It also takes patience and perseverance to succeed. A bit of courage doesn't hurt either but wonderful things are possible.

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