A couple weeks ago I got an email requesting a trophy for a Peggle2 Tournament. Not having any idea what Peggle is all about, I did a google search for images...as they popped up, I started giggling.
Bright colors & cartoon-like images are not my thing; but I was just musing about wanting to do more whimsical projects. So, I said yes : )
And this is how it turned out : ) It looks just like the game, complete with Bjorn the unicorn. The trophy is constructed out of aluminum with a few accents of colored steel & it stands over 18 inches tall. The tournament takes place this weekend; it's called Gamers for Giving and benefits a non-profit that helps get gaming consoles into hospitals for people who are recovering. Pretty cool.
I really had fun with the details; I have a weakness for sparkles & rhinestones--so it was fun to get to put them into the design. I hope they like it as much as I do : )
Here are some looks into the build process
It all starts with a messy sketch of mine & then Josh gets to try & makes sense of it & put it into a CAD file; complete with all the layers & parts that we will need.
Parts are then cut on a CNC plasma table...
A quick clean up & the structural base of the trophy is welded together.
Then, every single piece gets cleaned & polished. Some prepped for paint; others for patina, & some are left as is & get a clear coat to protect from scratches & oxidation.
Some of the accent pieces got a copper finish for an accent.
Once everything is colored & ready; we put it together to make sure the holes line up, & make any needed adjustments.
During all this, I send the plaque design off to the engravers. Once it's back, it's time for final assembly & adding in the little details like rhinestones & hardware : )
A quick photoshoot, & then it's off to FedEx for packing & shipping : )
We had a lot of fun with this one; I think it was a good idea to add in a bit of whimsical with all the industrial : )